[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.
Bracing . . . vivid . . . in Rachlin’s skilled hands, Grimes’s story triggers indignation but also confers solace.
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.
A book that brilliantly substantiates society’s elemental promise to its citizenry—that we not have our freedoms wrongly taken from us.
Profoundly elevates good-cause advocacy to greater heights.
A story so important and infuriating it is hard to look away.
A crisply written page-turner . . . gripping.
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.
Compelling and enraging . . . a gut punch.
Captivating, intimate . . . remarkable . . . Rachlin is a skilled storyteller.
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.
Dramatic and eye-opening . . . show[s] us that the specter of wrongful convictions involves flesh and blood human beings.
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.
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.
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