A suspenseful, angry, heart-wrenchingly sad story of justice and justified revenge
THE MEMOIR OF AN INNOCENT MAN
by David Dow
Dutton, February 2019
Rafael Zhettah was happily married to a woman he loved and admired. When she is found brutally murdered, he becomes the prime suspect and is wrongly imprisoned, tried, and sentenced to death—all for a crime he did not commit. That crime robbed him of the woman he loved. The sentence took away everything else: his life, his business, his freedom.
When the true criminal is found, Rafael’s sentence is reversed. And just as his innocence is seemingly confirmed, Dow upends our expectations: Rafael meticulously plans an elaborate act of revenge upon the two people he considers most to blame for the terrible injustice he has endured. He becomes guilty.
Or does he?
THE MEMOIR OF AN INNOCENT MAN is also a moral thriller, asking hard questions about what it means to be innocent or guilty, and what in fact is the nature of justice—if justice exists at all.
David Dow is a Law Professor and lifelong activist in the fight against the death penalty. Perhaps because he is a lawyer as much he is a writer, David’s prose is direct, clear and deceptively simple. Each sentence and thought delivers the simplest, most devastating truths, insights that go seamlessly from the mind to the heart and left me teary-eyed for practically the entire read. His first memoir, “The Autobiography of an Execution”, was an NBCC finalist and won the B&N Discover Prize for nonfiction. Rights have been sold in: French/Flammarion Lte; Dutch/Meulenhoff; Chinese/Azoth (Taiwan) and China Renmin UP; Japanese/Kawade Shobo.