"Stafford Smith is a true hero and this book helps explain why" (Jon Ronson)
"His book demonstrates with painful clarity not only how badly the US judicial process can go wrong, but how hard it is for the courts to acknowledge a mistake… Stafford Smith’s investigation unfolds with all the twists and turns of a Hollywood whodunit" (Sunday Times)
"If you believe in the death penalty, read this book. It will change your mind and change your life. A book that zaps through you at 2,000 volts – just like the current used to execute a man in the electric chair" (Susan Hill)
"An empowering read for anyone who cares about the humane implementation of justice - no matter where it is" (Colin Firth)
"This remarkable book… is an empirical study and exposition of that inimitably American blend of apathy and cruelty, of efficiency on one hand, ineptitude on the other. It is not only about institutional America, but – since Stafford Smith is a Brit – about our own special relationship with America, and the things we choose not to see or confront" (Ed Vulliamy Observer)
"Clive Stafford Smith is an extraordinary lawyer, but he is also a great storyteller and his account of the Kris Maharaj death row case is a powerful thriller, beautifully told" (Helena Kennedy Q.C.)
"A terrific read. Stranger than any fiction and much more exciting than Miami Vice" (Geoffrey Robertson Q.C.)
"Impressive and moving… Until you know how the trial went wrong, how the death penalty is actually carried out, how redress is remote, it is impossible to make a difference. But we can, and we must. Inaction by any one of us is the handmaiden of injustice" (Michael Mansfield Q.C.)
"For anyone coming fresh to the American judicial system, the story will beggar belief. Interwoven through Maharaj’s Kafkaesque experience is Stafford Smith’s angry, though controlled expose of the US justice system" (Robert Chesshyre Literary Review)
"Thrillerish" (Arifa Akbar Independent)
Shortlisted for the 2013 Orwell Prize.
A man wrongly convicted of murder, a crusading lawyer determined to overturn the death penalty and an investigation that reveals corruption at every turn. This remarkable book reads like a page-turning detective story, with one crucial difference: can we be sure that justice will be served?