Conviction: A Novel

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Assistant United States Attorney Walter Buris expects his case against television producer Ted Jeffries to be the crowning achievement of his career. The charges are sensational: that at Jeffries's Hollywood shelter for runaways, he hooked vulnerable teens on drugs and made them star in pornographic films. After the murder of Buris's star witness on the eve of the trial, the idealistic prosecutor finds himself in a personal struggle with the wealthy and street-smart Jeffries. The stakes suddenly escalate: not ...
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Overview

Assistant United States Attorney Walter Buris expects his case against television producer Ted Jeffries to be the crowning achievement of his career. The charges are sensational: that at Jeffries's Hollywood shelter for runaways, he hooked vulnerable teens on drugs and made them star in pornographic films. After the murder of Buris's star witness on the eve of the trial, the idealistic prosecutor finds himself in a personal struggle with the wealthy and street-smart Jeffries. The stakes suddenly escalate: not only Buris's career but his life and the lives of those around him depend on his skill and courage. With the teen "victims" supporting Jeffries and a smear campaign undermining efforts at further investigation, conviction seems ever less likely. Buris must change tactics, and change himself, to gain even a measure of justice. Set in the brilliant and corrosive atmosphere of a Los Angeles summer, the novel explores some of the city's many worlds, from the glitter of its entertainment industry, to the rough streets of Hollywood, to the cold formality of federal court. Conviction provides a real and troubling look at a legal system besieged by the demands of money and power.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This canny debut marks the arrival of a promising crime novelist with a fine ear and broad sympathies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Walter Buris has a strong case against tinsel-slick Hollywood producer Ted Jeffries, accused of recruiting child pornography stars from a shelter for runaways. After the the prosecution's main witness is murdered on the eve of the trial, the battle between Buris and Jeffries becomes personal, with the two men proving equally adept at legal showboating and strong-arm intimidation. Loyola University of Louisiana law professor Pillsbury demonstrates a flair for dialogue as it is spoken both on and off the witness stand; his depiction of stylized courtroom crossfire is particularly dramatic. He creates thoroughly believable characters who humanize the sensational subject matter, from abused but resilient adolescent Eleana Torelli to mesmerizing power-hustler Jeffries. With no slackening of his story's pace, Pillsbury also explores aspects of morality that the law can't define and caps the drama with a chillingly satisfying confrontation between adversaries whose enmity can't be resolved by the verdict. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802712257
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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