The Innocent Man
Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
By John Grisham
While Grisham's fictional works may certainly have a campaigning axe to grind, exposing nefarious legal practices, they are basically top-notch thrillers where an entertaing story comes first. So compared to your typical Grisham thriller, this isn't so good, but that's not what we should be comparing it with; this is a great piece of journalism, pulling together years of events during which a number of innocent men, and in particular one Ron Williamson end up screwed and framed, incarcerated, some on death row, for crimes they did not commit.
There are few a few minor heroes in this story, but mostly we just meet victims, bad guys, damaged guys and survivors. some of the strongest characters are Ron's mother and sister.
It's an great and important book which will hopefully be instrumental in the reform of a rotten system.