Lawyer David Sloane is a desperate parent. His son Jake, still reeling from the loss of his mother in a brutal murder (Bodily Harm), has spiraled out of control. Sloane needs to reconnect with him - needs to keep him out of jail. So when an old friend suggests a guys-only camping trip, Sloane accepts. Maybe if he and Jake get away they will find needed quality time. Bond. Catch a few fish.
But the trip into the remote reaches of California's Gold Country takes a turn for the worse when Jake and his buddy are caught vandalizing a general store. Brought to trial in a kangaroo court, the presiding judge tries, convicts and sentences the boys to six months in the county-owned wilderness detention center. For the teen-aged boys, a grueling psychological and physical ordeal begins.
As Sloane fights the conviction, he stumbles into ever-more menacing territory. A clannish town, a judge whose authority seems to extend far beyond the confines of his courtroom, and the emerging story of a juvenile detention center from hell, where the glories of nature cover dark secrets. All standards of lawyerly conduct fail Sloane in Judge Earl Boykin's court. With his legal options exhausted, knowing the boys' lives are on the line, Sloane hatches a daring rescue operation that just might get them all killed.
For the lawyer who never loses, this time the only way to win is outside the law.
©2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; 2012 Robert Dugoni
"With each new novel, Robert Dugoni continues to prove both his talent and his craft. His books remind me of the best of John Grisham - only better! Read him now!" (James Rollins)
"Dugoni has often been described as a challenger to Turow and other big names in the legal-thriller genre, but at this point, he's claimed his own position on the A-list. A must read for fans of courtroom drama, from Grisham to Turow to Erle Stanley Gardner." (Booklist)
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"Excellent action thriller and legal thriller!"
The Conviction is Book 5 of Robert Dugoni's attorney David Sloane series. There are lots of action and suspense; there is more outside the courtroom than inside. The bad guys are a judge and a sheriff among others. The victims are teenage boys caught up in a crooked legal system in a rural.California county. In the end it is a feel good story where the good guys win, the bad guys pay the appropriate price, and a troubled teen, Sloane's stepson finds his way. The story is a bit simplistic resulting in a 4 star rather than a 5 star rating .
This is an excellent feel good book..
"The good guys win!"
I love it when the evil ones get their comeuppance . Well written with good action in and out of the courtroom.
I'm a new fan of Mr. Dugoni and love the David Sloan series. Purchased this one yesterday and could not put it down until I finished it today.
"Robert Dugoni has out done himself with this one."
I would listen to The Conviction again. This book is an action packed, edge of the seat, I can't put it down thriller. There are so many twists and turns that I would listen to it again to see if I missed anything the first time through. I listened to this in two sittings on a long drive, to and from San Francisco! I just couldn't stop, it was too exciting.
I could compare it to the Jack Ryan novels by Tom Clancy but those are a yawn compared to this book. I would actually compare it to the movie Taken. I don't know if it is in book form too, but the movie was very exciting and I was on the edge of my seat through out. I felt that way with The Conviction too. I have read all of Dugoni's books and this is my favorite, so far!
Well, since I have read and listened to all of Robert Dugoni's novels, I would say my favorite character performed by Dan John Miller is David Sloane. Dan John Miller is consistent in his performance of Sloane. I knew it was David Sloane immediately.
It was a book I wanted to listen to in one sitting, I just didn't have the time.
This book can be read without reading the other David Sloane books by Robert Dugoni. The way Dugoni writes, you can read his books in the order written or you can read them as a stand alone. I will guarantee, if you read this book you will want to read all of Robert Dugoni's novels. What a thrilling writer. I wish I had his genius!
"Kept us guessing!"
Being familiar with the characters, and the performer, made it come to life. It was like being with old friends.
His ability to create distinctively different sounding voices for so many characters amazes me, Each one fits the character and brings such authenticity! I think David Sloan's and Detective Molia's are my favorites.
It was hard to "put it down", so to speak, when we needed to do other things.
I'm quite entranced by Robert Dugoni's ability to tell a story. At first, I was interested because I'm from the NW and have been to the same places and restaurants (the Tin Room, etc.). However, after reading the first book, I continued with ALL of his other books because I just love his characterization and how his stories unfold.
"Just Too Hard To Swallow"
I am old enough to know that truth is stranger than fiction. So while I found this story too bizarre to enjoy a great deal, I readily admit it could happen.
Imagine a modern day, small, rural county in the California mountains run by a wealthy man, enabled by a judge and other legal representatives to expand his empire on the backs of teenage boys. This novel is a grand conspiracy to say the least.
What saves this story is a great villain in the judge and the clever legal mind of the main character. It left me wishing there was more legal wrangling. The author also does a wonderful job in seeing the revenge or comeuppance all the way through.
Frankly, after listening to half the book, I skipped to the last 3 chapters.
"Just Gets Better and Better!"
This David Sloane series just gets better. Each one has been on different, but current, subjects. But don't miss reading them in order. I paid attention to some of the postings about #2 and skipped it. There was so much I didn't understand in book 3 that happened in #2. So as soon as I finished #3 (which was fantastic) I purchased #2 and listened to it. It filled in many holes, as to new characters and happenings, especially with Sloane's wife and stepson. The narrator is so very good!
And it's always refreshing to see the judicial system portrayed as a true justice system. Strong characters, credible depth of emotions and inner strength, and a good story that isn't a formula-driven plot.
"Camping weekend gone to hell..."
David Sloane is a well know attorney, whose wife was murdered as her son Jake watched. Since then, Jake has been an angry kid who is always in trouble. When David's old friend Tom and his son TJ invite David and Jake along on a camping trip, things quickly go from bad to horrible.
Jake sneaks out of the hotel (TJ follows) breaks into the local store, steals some beer and a shotgun. The two end up getting drunk, shooting off the shotgun and being arrested by the local police. Before either boy's father is notified they are sent before the Judge and sentenced to Fresh Start, a wilderness detention camp. When David and Tom realize the boys are in serious trouble they go to any length to rescue the boys.
This is the best Robert Dugoni book I have read/listened to. The story moved at a fast pace and the narrator did a wonderful job voicing all of the characters. I am looking forward to my next book by Dugoni, and highly recommend this mystery book to anyone who enjoys a great mystery.
"slow start but good read."
It took a few chapters of this book for me to get into it, but then I couldn't put it down
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