Grace and Justice on Death Row

The Race against Time and Texas to Free an Innocent Man

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About The Book

A Washington Post bestseller!

A chilling and compassionate look at how close an innocent man was to being put death with a foreword by Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking.


What is worse than having a client on Death Row in Texas? Having a client on Death Row in Texas who is innocent and not knowing if you will be able to stop his execution in time.

Grace and Justice on Death Row: A Race Against Time to Free an Innocent Man tells the story of Alfred Dewayne Brown, a man who spent over twelve years in prison (ten of them on Texas’ infamous Death Row) for a high-profile crime he did not commit, and his lawyer, Brian Stolarz, who dedicated his career and life to secure his freedom. The book chronicles Brown’s extraordinary journey to freedom against very long odds, overcoming unscrupulous prosecutors, corrupt police, inadequate defense counsel, and a broken criminal justice system. The book examines how a lawyer-client relationship turned into one of brotherhood.

Grace And Justice On Death Row also addresses many issues facing the criminal justice system and the death penalty – race, class, adequate defense counsel, and intellectual disability, and proposes reforms.

Told from Stolarz’s perspective, this raw, fast-paced look into what it took to save one man’s life will leave you questioning the criminal justice system in this country. It is a story of injustice and redemption that must be told.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (October 25, 2016)
  • Length: 228 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510715103

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Raves and Reviews

Foreword by Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking.

Excerpts from foreword:
"His (Brian Stolarz) ability to examine and explain his feelings and motives while telling us the details of the case is what makes this book so compelling."

"When you read Grace and Justice on Death Row, and then realize how many other inmates have been exonerated from their accused crimes, I hope you'll agree we simply can no longer put to death those who may later be found innocent."
—From the foreword by Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking

Grace and Justice on Death Row isn't just about how our broken system almost broke another decent man. More than that, it's a moving story of a unique brotherhood that's formed when a corporate lawyer with his faith bitterly tested literally saves another man's life. Instead of living bitterly and justifiably mad, Dewayne Brown finds forgiveness. His story will make you a better person."
—Craig Melvin, MSNBC news anchor and Today show national correspondent

"Brian Stolarz's nuanced account of how he proved the innocence of a man on Death Row provided crucial insight into the terrible injustices of the American death penalty process. But at its core, this is a tale of one man's unwavering faith in another human being."
—Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post

“This is a story of a white middle class lawyer and an indigent black man who became brothers all in the name of freeing an innocent man from death row. It is a great human interest story highlighted by what can happen when care for another supersedes almost everything else.”
—Monsignor John Enzler, CEO of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Washington

“I was on Death Row in Texas for 12 and a half years. - Grace and Justice on Death Row tells the story of such courage and of redemption for Alfred Dewayne Brown, who, like me, is an innocent man.”
—Anthony Graves, 12th Exoneree from Texas’ Death Row and 138th Exoneree Nationally

Foreword by Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking.

Excerpts from foreword:
"His (Brian Stolarz) ability to examine and explain his feelings and motives while telling us the details of the case is what makes this book so compelling."

"When you read Grace and Justice on Death Row, and then realize how many other inmates have been exonerated from their accused crimes, I hope you'll agree we simply can no longer put to death those who may later be found innocent."
—From the foreword by Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking

Grace and Justice on Death Row isn't just about how our broken system almost broke another decent man. More than that, it's a moving story of a unique brotherhood that's formed when a corporate lawyer with his faith bitterly tested literally saves another man's life. Instead of living bitterly and justifiably mad, Dewayne Brown finds forgiveness. His story will make you a better person."
—Craig Melvin, MSNBC news anchor and Today show national correspondent

"Brian Stolarz's nuanced account of how he proved the innocence of a man on Death Row provided crucial insight into the terrible injustices of the American death penalty process. But at its core, this is a tale of one man's unwavering faith in another human being."
—Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post

“This is a story of a white middle class lawyer and an indigent black man who became brothers all in the name of freeing an innocent man from death row. It is a great human interest story highlighted by what can happen when care for another supersedes almost everything else.”
—Monsignor John Enzler, CEO of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Washington

“I was on Death Row in Texas for 12 and a half years. - Grace and Justice on Death Row tells the story of such courage and of redemption for Alfred Dewayne Brown, who, like me, is an innocent man.”
—Anthony Graves, 12th Exoneree from Texas’ Death Row and 138th Exoneree Nationally