Despite his confession to the public, the execution proceeds on and Drumm is executed by lethal injection. The town is beset by racial tension though a riot is averted. Boyette then reveals the resting place of Nikki and DNA samples show signs of rape and assault on her body. But before there is an arrest warrant for him, he takes off.
In Slone, Flak leads legal attacks on those responsible for the false conviction and execution, while Schroeder agonizes over what he has done; taken a paroled convicted rapist who was also probably a murderer, out of his parole zone the state of Kansas. Schroeder winds up making his actions public, paying a fine, resigning from his church and accepting a position at a reform-minded church in Texas.
The latter happens after Boyette is caught attempting another rape.
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He has only had mild altercations with law enforcement for possession of marijuana when he was younger. Now he is a star on the high school football team and loved by the girls. Joey tips off the police with an anonymous phone call, later proven to be his using voice analysis.
This is the catalyst which sees him on death row for the next nine years and ultimately executed. She is part of a large family.
The girl whose brutal rape and suspected murder led to capital murder charges, a crime which upon conviction, can lead to a death sentence in the state of Texas. Nicole Yarber's mother. Reeva is loud-mouthed and theatrical in her behavior as well as irrational. She has been known to drive more than a hundred miles downriver to where it was speculated her daughter's body may have been dumped. She is adamant that the death penalty is right and is happy to tell anyone who will listen.
Reeva lives with her second husband who is not Nicole's father Nicole does have two half siblings from Reeva's second marriage and seems exasperated with Reeva's nine years of agony. He is a serial rapist and had been abused himself from the age of eight by an uncle who told his parent or guardian that they were going "fishing.
It turns out the tumor is not malignant and the cane is there for protection in his half-way house. His seizures and intense headaches however, are real. He has spent more than half of his 44 years in prison. He remains a creep throughout and on a number of occasions intimates to Reverend Schroeder how he thinks his wife Dana is "cute.
The heir to the Flak law firm who works tirelessly for his clients. Robbie leaves no stone left unturned for clients on death row and goes the extra mile. Outside of law, Robbie does not seem to have much social life and both he and his romantic partner are happy to keep their work lives separate.
The Kansas-based Lutheran pastor, who aids and abets in the transportation of a convicted felon across state lines. Schroeder strives to see the best in all people and emphasizes forgiveness. He has strong scruples and battles with himself to discern in complex situations what is the right thing. Keith is married to Dana, who is substituting for his regular secretary at the Mission on the day Boyette first meets Keith.
Eventually, his involvement in an illegal act, however justified, gets him in trouble with his bishop but he is welcomed by a more socially active Lutheran congregation in Texas and becomes a committed opponent of the death penalty. Judge Henry is the only one who gets on well with Robbie. He is well respected although in the past he had lost out to politics and suffered a nervous breakdown.
He wrote numerous articles during the civil rights movement of the s and was considered to be a little radical among the Whites of Texas during that period. Judge Henry lives with his wife. At the last minute, he agrees to sign an affidavit recanting his testimony and admitting he committed perjury but it is too late. During Robbie Flak's press conference, it is mentioned that he has a "history of false confessions," implying that many other confessions may have been wrongly obtained by him.
The prosecutor presiding over the Nicole Yarber case. The governor of Texas. A supporter of capital punishment who refuses to postpone the execution even after seeing Travis' televised confession. Chris Erskine writing in the Los Angeles Times reviewed the novel in a favorable light, commenting on Grisham's deft ability at pacing in his novels.
Writing in the Religious Left Law blog, David Nickol was adversely critical of the novel for not doing what it set out, presumably, to achieve, i. And, as "Readers of Carolyn Keene's version of my life's events may be surprised to learn that Ned Nickerson was not the love of my life. And, as a parody should, this one digs up our memories and then flips them upside down.
Housekeeper Hannah Gruen is younger than we thought. Ned is needier. Nancy -- who ages chapter by chapter, marries, has a child, but never gives up sleuthing -- is a bit pompous, really. I had the same reaction as several other reviewers: this book was such an inspired idea, I hoped it would be funnier. It's even more lightweight than the original series, although author Chelsea Cain stirs things up by tossing Nancy into some political ferment in each era: "The Clue in the Nazi Nutcracker, If you were a Nancy Drew fan growing up, you'll get a kick out of this book.
May 28, Colleen rated it liked it. Funny, funny, funny--from its cover, to its nostalgic, cheesy, black and white line drawings, to just the whole idea--the real, TRUE story of Nancy Drew, in all her adult glory. I think the book might have been stronger with more interesting mysteries, but I don't think that was the point. The author tried to fit in as many of the classic Nancy Dr Funny, funny, funny--from its cover, to its nostalgic, cheesy, black and white line drawings, to just the whole idea--the real, TRUE story of Nancy Drew, in all her adult glory.
The author tried to fit in as many of the classic Nancy Drew traits her titian hair, her tweed skirts and blouses, her roadster but with a twist. According to Cain, the real Nancy is catty, self-absorbed, and Yes, she marries Ned Nickerson, but she's secretly in love with Frank Hardy and has his love child, whom she passes off as Ned Jr. Carolyn Keene was her roommate who stole all Nancy's stories and passed them off as her originals. George is a lesbian.
Housekeeper Hannah Gruen is accused of being a Communist spy which Nancy is forced to keep secret because Hannah know the real truth about Ned Jr. If you were a fan of Nancy Drew you'll thoroughly enjoy this book. It's so clever--I wish I'd thought of it! Granted, THIS story is probably not for the teen-set, unless your son or daughter is more mature.
The Nancy and friends of THIS book drink and smoke, make out, have sex and even an affair, and in general aren't as perfect as their former counterparts. She starts out as the teen sleuth of the 's, and ends up an octogenarian in her 80's in the 's. Very funny and amusing, I'm glad I picked up a copy of this book! Jun 25, Tiffany rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: fans of Nancy Drew. Shelves: quickread , fun , yolathelibrarian , booksaboutbooks. After 7 decades of being misrepresented, Nancy finally has her say. Nancy's former college roommate, Carolyn Keene, has been writing about Nancy without Nancy's permission , and has apparently gotten many details wrong.
The truths are that Nancy is a tramp and incredibly vain! Each chapter of Confessions is another era in Nancy's life, but also includes some sort of mystery. Cain's version of Nancy's life is hysterical, scandalous, and trampy. Since pretty much everyone knows who Nancy Drew is, anyone can find this funny, but if you're not ready to have your image of the most famous girl detective shaken, you should stay away Nov 24, Shelly rated it really liked it Shelves: trash-fun.
This is a confection - a dessert with no great nutritional value, and a heck of a lot of fun. This light satire of those wonderful teen sleuth books that we all grew up on was a bit uneven. I enjoyed the gentle mocking of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Cherry Ames, and the bevy of other fictitious teen detectives.
The idea for the book is first rate, Nancy is having a hard time adjusting to adult life and the changing world of the 20th century, and longs for her days as a girl detective. She still maintains her impeccable clothes and drives jaunty cars, just as she remains determinedly clue This light satire of those wonderful teen sleuth books that we all grew up on was a bit uneven. She still maintains her impeccable clothes and drives jaunty cars, just as she remains determinedly clueless that her friend George is a lesbian and hopelessly in love with Frank Hardy with whom she has an illegitimate child, while married to her steady yet dull old boyfriend Ned.
She is determined to solve mysteries and have adventures, despite the fact that the world has moved on without her. The mysteries themselves are ridiculous and over the top- which is part of the fun. I nearly fell off my chair when the Sweet Valley High twins rented Nancy's apartment. Each chapter in this book is really a stand alone story. Some are wonderfully inventive and some fall flat. I enjoyed it for the nostalgia, but wish it had been just a bit sharper, tighter and more worthy of it's heroine. Nov 09, Cat. First of all, if you haven't read Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys, this books will be drudgery.
If you inhaled the whole series over and over every summer as I did, this is a quick and amusing trip back through time, breaking all of Stephen King's writing rules. The one that cracked me up when I finally noticed it--on about page was that no one "says" anything. Everyone "exclaims" or "nods" or "declares. Yes, all the sleuthing heroes of the 40s through the 60s are here: Trixie Belden, Cherry Ames, even Encyclopedia Brown makes a cameo appearance! The chapters are as brief as the chapters in the books always were, and there is much drama, discussion of the combing of titian hair, and mention after mention how slim and attractive Nancy always is.
The more I think about the book, the funnier it becomes. Maybe I'll read it in the bathtub again tonight. Oct 22, Diana H. Well, I didn't expect to be bowled over by this rip on Nancy Drew, and I wasn't - so that's alright, I guess. The plot seems to assume that Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Cherry Ames, and a multitude of other fictional sleuths were actually real people.
I think this could have been a really good jumping off point for a story. However, by changing the basic characters of these well-loved characters, the author has made it difficult for fans to enjoy. Cain seems to take great joy in mocking character Well, I didn't expect to be bowled over by this rip on Nancy Drew, and I wasn't - so that's alright, I guess.
Cain seems to take great joy in mocking character traits, modes of dress, and even speech patterns that made these sleuths who and what they were - role models for lots of young boys and girls over the years. I'm not saying that this book was poorly written, it wasn't, it was just not what I expected. It could have been so much more than it ended up being - it was a rather sad effort but that's just my opinion. I gave it one star because Cain can write and that is not in doubt.
I just didn't like this particular book. Oct 18, dearlittledeer rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Mar 12, Roxanne rated it did not like it. My Thoughts about Book The story itself was well written. Even though it was meant as a parody, I did not find it at all humorous. The next few sentences will contain a bit of spoilers. The idea of Nancy Drew not marrying the one she truly loved and deceiving an honest Ned Nickerson is both horrible and sad. To me,this seems out of character for someone like Nancy Drew. However, I did like how the author made Carolyn Keene into a real person.
I thought it was good how she managed to use Keene to My Thoughts about Book The story itself was well written. I thought it was good how she managed to use Keene to interview Nancy Drew. I found that creative. Jun 05, Stephanie rated it liked it. I read every Nancy Drew book as a kid, so I immediately recognized the over-the-top, perky tone of this book.
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It's a clever idea--Nancy Drew is a real person, was roommates with Carolyn Keene in college, and Carolyn wrote about her life but got a lot of things wrong. This is supposed to be the "real" story of Nancy Drew, with appearances by the Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Brown, and other fictional sleuths. It was pretty funny and clever in places, but didn't improve on itself or finish well--I soo I read every Nancy Drew book as a kid, so I immediately recognized the over-the-top, perky tone of this book. It was pretty funny and clever in places, but didn't improve on itself or finish well--I soon got tired of the contrived parody especially all the sexual references.
Dec 09, Carin rated it really liked it Shelves: women-authors , pop-culture , humor , books-about-books. Her roommate at Vassar, Carolyn Keene, stole Nancy's stories and got a lot of the details wrong so here Nancy sets the story straight, and also explains what happened after. Did she marry Ned? Did she have children? What were the Hardy boys really like? Who secretly hated Bess? Why did Nurse Cherry Ames have a vendetta against Nancy? All these questions and more are answered in Nancy's Ms. Cain's rollicking tale what a hilariously silly idea with a terrific execution: the memoir of Nancy Drew.
Cain's rollicking tale. May 11, Mary Bronson rated it it was amazing. I read this book a long time ago back in high school. I was at my local library and was browsing around and came across it and I thought it was an interesting read. I enjoyed reading it. I thought the plot was good and the characters were well written too. I thought it was an interesting how Chelsea decided to make Nancy Drew a "real person" and not a fictional character if that makes sense. I think I might want to re-read it again sometime.
Oct 30, Ms. Yingling rated it liked it. My library helpers occasionally label books for this group. This book showed up in one of the donation piles, and really isn't for children-- it's a parody for people who read Nancy Drew and all the other fiction series of the s and 60s, so Mr. O'Connor brought it right to me. It was the best part of my day!
Nancy has long suffered at the poor depiction of her life by Carolyn Keene, her college roommate who took her stories of high school detection and made her fame from them. This volume puts those stories right. From her weird relationship with Ned Nickerson, whom she is always much happier rescuing than hanging out with, to her love child with Frank Hardy, we see all the untold stories of Nancy's slim-skirted existence.
The book is set up to follow Nancy's life through a variety of cases, starting in and continuing until Nancy gets to a happy place for her old age in While not completely inappropriate for the young, they wouldn't get all of the allusions, nor should they. I laughed and laughed, and I was also a bit glad at Cherry Ames' demise.
I was a little surprised at how badly written this was. Yes, some of it was for effect, but there was a lot of really awkward phrasing. Now I really want to read Donna Parker. I guess it had belonged to my older sister. I read it and was hooked. I read all the other Nancy Drew books I could find in the local library, and then had them order the others from the inter-library loan. Somehow I never was drawn into any of the other teen-sleuth stories, but I knew of quite a few.
I later read that Keene didn't actually write all the books, many most? All of that, and the fact that I have a twisted sense of humor, means I was the perfect target audience for this book by Chelsea Cain. Here is a sense of what's inside from the Introduction As many of you know me only as a character in a series of books written by a former friend of mine named Carolyn Keene, let me make one thing clear: Carolyn Keene used my name without my permission and made a career for herself telling stories of my adventures, many of which were fraught with error and some of which were patently false.
I feared that if I revealed myself, details might come to light that could embarrass my husband and child. Yet the time is now ripe for Nancy Drew to do just that. Reveal herself and the truth behind the stories in those teen-sleuth novels, and the other mysteries that she faced in her adult life too. I chuckled throughout the whole thing. If you don't know much about the teen sleuths of those old books, then much of the parody will be lost on you.
But I thought it was a riot. Apr 03, Ashley rated it liked it Shelves: humor , mystery , fiction , books. The essence of the series was maintained here - Nancy remains very polished and poised and the interjections of "jeepers! The characters rang true but had added depth thanks to Cain's more subversive take. We see a new side of Nancy via a long-burning 3 stars - a quick, funny read that parodies the Nancy Drew series. We see a new side of Nancy via a long-burning romance, her struggles with motherhood, her fight against old age, a realization that amateur detective work is a dying art, to name a few.
After what feels like a lot of heavy reading lately, this was a nice change of pace and I was surprised to see how quickly the pages went.
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