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The Conviction (David Sloane Series #5)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Another top-notch thriller from Robert Dugoni. Just when you thi

Another top-notch thriller from Robert Dugoni. Just when you think nothing worse can happen to David Sloane, Dugoni turns up the heat again.

This time, Sloane and his stepson Jake head into the backwoods of Northern California for some father-son time. Sloane hopes he ...
Another top-notch thriller from Robert Dugoni. Just when you think nothing worse can happen to David Sloane, Dugoni turns up the heat again.

This time, Sloane and his stepson Jake head into the backwoods of Northern California for some father-son time. Sloane hopes he can find a way to connect with Jake, who's spiraling into more and more trouble, before it's too late. They are joining Sloane's old friend, detective Tom Molia (The Jury Master), and his son TJ. But Jake quickly finds a way to get himself and TJ into real trouble with the local law and with Judge Earl Boykin, a modern version of Judge Roy Bean.

When Sloane and Molia discover the boys have been sentenced to the detention camp Fresh Start, without benefit of legal or parental representation, they protest. But their pleas fall on deaf ears and they find themselves in legal hot water as well. Sloane rallies the troops and starts digging into the backgrounds of the judge, the camp, and the bigshot in town, Victor Dillon. Of course, their poking around only turns up the heat on both them and the boys. Pretty soon a legal pickle turns into a fight for their lives.

The action never lets up. The writing is relentlessly clear and precisely paced, with tangible settings. The situations are unbelievably believable and populated with an unpalatable cast of great characters, from the egotistical judge to the sadistic head guard to the quietly helpful locals. This is a book that is hard to put down. Once you pick it up, you have to read it to the end.

[Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review.]

posted by Zot79 on June 11, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I guess I will also be a fish out of water, with my review sitti

I guess I will also be a fish out of water, with my review sitting amidst all of the 5 star ones. But don't forget, 3 stars means it's okay, and The Conviction is okay. You can take it along for a summer read and not feel cheated, but I did think it was boring in part. ...
I guess I will also be a fish out of water, with my review sitting amidst all of the 5 star ones. But don't forget, 3 stars means it's okay, and The Conviction is okay. You can take it along for a summer read and not feel cheated, but I did think it was boring in part. The story itself has been done many times, and that is the fish out of water idea. These city slickers come to the rural mountains and find that things are done differently than they are used to, and they face long odds if they want to change the established ways. We, the readers, of course are told that the locals are corrupted, or seem to be, justice has been perverted, and so we root for the city slickers. We root for them even when the story veers far from plausibility, because that's our role, isn't it? We aren't supposed to say "hey, that wouldn't likely happen!" But too many things happen that are so unlikely that this reader could only roll his eyes. Not in a million years would this set of facts and this set of characters come together as the author has written. So let's not mistake this for a great story. As I said, it's okay. Now I guess I will get unhelpful votes from the faithful. But hey, I did read the book, and no publisher provided me a free copy!

posted by KenCady on July 6, 2012

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

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    I guess I will also be a fish out of water, with my review sitti

    I guess I will also be a fish out of water, with my review sitting amidst all of the 5 star ones. But don't forget, 3 stars means it's okay, and The Conviction is okay. You can take it along for a summer read and not feel cheated, but I did think it was boring in part. The story itself has been done many times, and that is the fish out of water idea. These city slickers come to the rural mountains and find that things are done differently than they are used to, and they face long odds if they want to change the established ways. We, the readers, of course are told that the locals are corrupted, or seem to be, justice has been perverted, and so we root for the city slickers. We root for them even when the story veers far from plausibility, because that's our role, isn't it? We aren't supposed to say "hey, that wouldn't likely happen!" But too many things happen that are so unlikely that this reader could only roll his eyes. Not in a million years would this set of facts and this set of characters come together as the author has written. So let's not mistake this for a great story. As I said, it's okay. Now I guess I will get unhelpful votes from the faithful. But hey, I did read the book, and no publisher provided me a free copy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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