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Conviction (Christopher Paget Series #4)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2005

    Highly Disappointing

    I have been a fan of Mr. Patterson's work for years, dating back to well before his books appeared regularly on best sellers lists. However, this time out, Mr. Patterson got so wrapped up in the legal system that he forgot he was writing fiction. I have never minded, in fact, enjoyed, trudging through all the legal mish-mash Patterson offers up because it is not only educational, but has always given us a bit of insight into how a broken system might begin to mend itself. Not this time. No, this time out Mr. Patterson has broken rule number one in the writing of great fiction: he has killed off the most sympathetic character in the book. Is it realistic? Sure it is. But if I simply want to read about how badly broken our legal system is, there are any number of non-fiction sources from which to pick. But, as I said, this is a work of fiction and therefore must meet another standard. I'm not talking about a happy ending here, but how about one that gives us a glimpse into how the monsterous chasm between truth and justice might begin to narrow? I won't stop reading Patterson's books because I beleive he has simply made a mistake. In 'Conviction', Mr. Patterson has shown us that he is as well-versed in the law as he is ignorant to the constructs of great fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2005

    If you need a reason to be depressed

    This novel is overly long, contains too many legal details and lacks any uplifting elements. The subject matter is by it's nature depressing (death penalty) and the crime committed was a brutal sex act against a child with the convicted man believed to be mentally retarded. After spending many hours with the book, I was totally disappointed by the ending and felt as though I had spent the time on Death Row along with the defendant. I've enjoyed other RNP novels. This one is to be avoided at all costs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2005

    Justice is anything but

    I have read all of Patterson's books and have always enjoyed them until I read this book. The theme of the book is that justice for an innocent person can be denied, and the reader is led on a frustrating journey with the suffering victim until finally the end of the book arrives. Trying to prove how flawed the law can be to someone retarded and poor is the theme. This book denigrates the law, judges, lawyers, juries the whole court system, and leaves one feeling trust, human kindness, the traits that separates people from other species, hardly exist. They are absent from most of the characters in the story. Whether one advocates capital punishment or not, this book argues with such obvious anti-capital punishment conviction,it's bias screams out at you. I read to enjoy, or learn, not to be swept on a wave of social bias I fear, Mr. Patterson would have Jack and the Beanstalk end with the giant waking up and eating Jack, Or the Tree bears eating Goldilocks, etc.: Get back to your talent Richard North Patterson...If it's ugliness I want, I can read the newspapers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2005


    A sad departure from his normal writtings.

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