In 1998, in the small east Texas city of Sloan, Travis Boyette abducted, raped and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Dnote Drumm, a local football star, and marched of to death row. Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime: Donte is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do the right thing. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges and polititians that they are about to execute an innocent man? 

The Confession by John Grisham