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a top ten book of the year by Library journal

A best book of the year by npr, the san Francisco chronicle, and shelf awareness

A NEW YOrk times book review editors' choice

A Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Book of the Fall

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

[An] absorbing true-crime saga . . . Rachlin combines a gripping legal drama with a penetrating exposé of the shoddy investigative and trial standards nationwide, as evidenced by hundreds of postconviction exonerations . . . a moving evocation of faith under duress.
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Bracing . . . vivid . . . in Rachlin’s skilled hands, Grimes’s story triggers indignation but also confers solace.
— Washington Post
An astonishing look at the United States justice system . . . [Rachlin’s] study of the heroic individuals working—or more often simply volunteering—tirelessly to mend an inhumane and flawed system will inspire hope . . . Rachlin’s work of nonfiction reads like a legal thriller.
— Shelf Awareness
A book that brilliantly substantiates society’s elemental promise to its citizenry—that we not have our freedoms wrongly taken from us.
— Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of INDEPENDENCE DAY
Profoundly elevates good-cause advocacy to greater heights.
— USA Today
A story so important and infuriating it is hard to look away.
— The Seattle Times
A crisply written page-turner . . . gripping.
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A gripping lesson in the terrible costs of our flawed criminal justice system and the power that individuals have to change its course . . . also an inspiring call for readily achievable reform.
— Eli Sanders, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of WHILE THE CITY SLEPT
Compelling and enraging . . . a gut punch.
— Library Journal (starred review)
Captivating, intimate . . . remarkable . . . Rachlin is a skilled storyteller.
— The New York Times Book Review
A chilling story of wrongful conviction . . . builds to [a] cinematic conclusion with empathetic prose and solid investigative detail. A powerful, unsettling account of an overdue legal movement.
— Kirkus Reviews
Dramatic and eye-opening . . . show[s] us that the specter of wrongful convictions involves flesh and blood human beings.
— The San Francisco Chronicle
Moving . . . Rachlin, with confidence and care, relays both the terrifying personal costs and complex legalities, so dependent on fallible humans, of wrongful conviction and imprisonment.
— Booklist
Should make us all consider these current times as not just toxic and tragic but filled with the possibility of hope and redemption. Benjamin Rachlin takes us through the justice system in all its immutability and shows us the light we can wield should we so choose.
— Jeff Hobbs, author of the national bestseller THE SHORT AND TRAGIC LIFE OF ROBERT PEACE

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