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DAVID DOW-Confessions of an Innocent Man
Wednesday, April 10 at 7 pm
speaking & signing
Confessions of an Innocent Man
ABOUT CONFESSIONS OF AN INNOCENT MAN
Rafael Zhettah is a guilty man: He betrayed his wife and has taken two people prisoner, executing an extraordinary and calculated act of revenge. Rafael Zhettah is an innocent man: He has been wrongly imprisoned for the crime that has destroyed his life, the murder of his beloved wife.
When a universally admired Austin billionaire, a dedicated humanitarian and patron of the arts, is found bludgeoned in her home, her husband Rafael, fifteen years her junior, the son of poor Mexican immigrants, a cook, is the obvious and only suspect. He is tried, convicted, and sentenced to death; sent to death row where monsters like him belong. The only problem: He’s completely innocent. Six years pass, when overlooked DNA evidence saves him from execution at the eleventh hour. He vows to use his regained freedom to take revenge on the people and the system that stole years of his life.
This is a heart stoppingly suspenseful, devastating, page-turning debut novel. A thriller with a relentless grip that wants you to read it in one sitting. David Dow has dedicated his life to the fight against the death penalty, to right the horrific injustices of the death penalty regime in Texas. He delivers the perfect modern parable for exploring our complex, uneasy relationships with punishment and reparation in a horrifically unjust world.
ABOUT DAVID DOW
David R. Dow is the Cullen Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, and the Rorschach Visiting Professor of History at Rice University. A graduate of Rice and Yale, Dow’s areas of expertise include constitutional law and theory, contract law, and death penalty law. Working with students in his death penalty clinic, Dow has represented over 100 death row inmates during their state and federal appeals. He is also the founder and director of the Texas Innocence Network.
He lives in Houston and Park City, Utah, with his wife Katya, their son Lincoln, and their dogs Delano and Soul.
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