Our Bookseller says:
“Making the national into the personal, Just Mercy is the story of one man’s efforts to make a dent in America’s prison system. Fighting for the wrongfully convicted, Stevenson tells about the exoneration of Walter McMillan, who was held in Alabama’s death row for six years. In the same town as To Kill A Mockingbird unfolds this very real and disturbing abuse of justice. Stevenson’s language makes it clear that these stories, though heartbreaking, are anything but hopeful. This book dives into social and racial tensions and what we must do on the path to redemption.”
Just Mercy is the story of the education of a young lawyer fighting on the frontlines of a country in thrall to extreme punishments and careless justice. It follows the suspenseful battle to free Walter before the state executed him, while also telling other dramatic and profoundly moving stories of men, women, and children, innocent and guilty, who found themselves at the mercy of a system often incapable of showing it. This is a exquisitely rendered account of a heroic advocate’s fights on behalf of the most powerless people in our society and a powerful indictment of our broken justice system.