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Publisher's Summary

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
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Critic Reviews

“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)
“A master of courtroom suspense.” (Lisa Gardner)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Lia on 04-01-17

Another Good Installment To The Series

This one of the best books I have listened to from Robert Dugoni. I was unable to put this book down.
In 'The Conviction' lawyer David Sloane gets his step-son for the summer. The join in a camping trip with David's detective friend and his son. They travel to a small town which appeared quiet and peaceful which the men needed. The two boys do what boys do and get arrested and shipped off to a rehabilitation camp. The process of arrest, court, and punishment goes so quickly that David and his buddy don't know what happened to their boys. While trying to get the truth of where their boys are they learn more than they wanted to about the judge and his court.
There is some violence that is encountered both by the men and their sons. One son is pushed exceedingly hard to break him. You feel for him. But going through the experience is worth it. Listen to the book and learn what it takes to have a great kid, and the justice system, well......

Dan John Miller was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By R. Pontiflet on 08-05-17

A Fishing Trip Takes A Turn For The Worse

Although this story is a bit too simplistic and contrived in places, it was nevertheless a good "feel good" story when it was all said and done. It's about law enforcement corruption and greed.

This story has lots of action and suspense. There is more drama outside the court room than inside even though what happened inside the court room left me slack jawed... A real kangaroo court. The bad guys ruled the court room from the judge to the sheriff and others. The victims are teenage boys caught up in this rural California legal system.

Very nicely narrated by Dan John Miller .

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By eclectic reader on 03-14-17


I enjoyed the characters in this book. The story line was different with it not being fully based on a court room drama but still plenty of legal drama. The strength of friendships and family support may have been somewhat unrealistic with very little of the blame game going on, was acceptable as it's how we would ideally like real life to be. Good story I jumping from what going on in the sons world to what's happening in the dad's world

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2 out of 5 stars
By janice on 02-19-17

Tedious Credit Waster.

Would you try another book written by Robert Dugoni or narrated by Dan John Miller?

No. Narrator was reasonable.

Has The Conviction put you off other books in this genre?

No, I enjoy legal thrillers with a tight, fast paced plot.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Dan John Miller?


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, I think this book would better read in print.

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