• Infinite Hope

  • How Wrongful Conviction, Solitary Confinement, and 12 Years on Death Row Failed to Kill My Soul
  • By: Anthony Graves
  • Narrated by: Leon Nixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Written by a wrongfully convicted man who spent 16 years in solitary confinement and 12 years on death row, a powerful memoir about fighting for - and winning - exoneration.

In the summer of 1992, a grandmother, a teenage girl, and four children under the age of 10 were beaten and stabbed to death in Somerville, Texas. The perpetrator set the house on fire to cover his tracks, deepening the heinousness of the crime and rocking the tiny community to its core. Authorities were eager to make an arrest. Five days later, Anthony Graves was in custody.

Graves, then 26 years old and without an attorney, was certain that his innocence was obvious. He did not know the victims, he had no knowledge about the crime, and he had an airtight alibi with witnesses. There was also no physical evidence linking him to the scene. Yet Graves was indicted, convicted of capital murder, sentenced to death, and, over the course of 12 years on death row, given two execution dates. He was not freed for 18 years, two months, four days.

Through years of suffering the whims of rogue prosecutors, vote-hungry district attorneys, and Texas State Rangers who played by their own rules, Graves was frequently exposed to the dire realities of being poor and black in the criminal justice system. He witnessed fellow inmates who became his friends and confidants be taken away, one by one, to their deaths. And he missed out on seeing his three young sons mature into men. Graves's only solace was his infinite hope that the state would not execute him for a crime he did not commit.

To maintain his dignity and sanity, Graves made sure as many people as possible knew about his case. He wrote letters to whomever he thought would listen. Pen pals in countries all over the world became allies, and he attracted the attention of a savvy legal team that overcame setback after setback, chiseling away at the state's faulty case against him. Everyone's efforts eventually worked. After Graves's exoneration, the original prosecutor on his case was disbarred.

Graves is one of a growing number of innocent people exonerated from death row. The moving account of his saga - of his ultimate fight for freedom from inside a prison cell - is as haunting as it is poignant, and as shameful to the legal system as it is inspiring to those on the losing end of it.

©2018 Anthony Graves (P)2018 Beacon Press

Critic Reviews

"A well-written, matter-of-fact, inspirational account of how a man prevailed against a criminal justice system that is deeply flawed." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"[A] skilled and confident narrative... It's [Graves's] battle to overcome the hidden traumas and loss that makes this such a compelling page-turner." ( Booklist)
"Anthony Graves's story is one of resilience in the face of injustice. For twelve years, Anthony was silenced and isolated [on death row]. Now he has found his freedom and his voice. Infinite Hope speaks powerfully of the need for reform. By telling his story, Anthony calls on all of us to prevent these injustices from being repeated." (US Senator Richard J. Durbin)

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it was good

a good listen. to go through with he when through and still come out of it all good. WOW!!!
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A must read.

Loved it! inspirational Would definitely recommend . Powerful and meaningful . Gives great insight into the Criminal Justice System.

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Hope is Infinite

I gain an increased sense of hope they Anthony's story. Without of you will die!

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Best audio book I’ve heard so far

This was such an Entertaining book I heard it like 3 times and I have not gotten tired of it.

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  • 02-11-19

Terrible Texas justice with innocent lives destroy

Interesting to realise the corruption in this story. Very bad it took peoples lives to this point to settle a criminal case framming innocent people