The Conviction : David Sloane

  • by Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by Dan John Miller
  • Series: David Sloane
  • 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

“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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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.
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- Thomas

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.
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- Charles Atkinson "Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-12-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio