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The Conviction (David Sloane Series #5)

The Conviction (David Sloane Series #5)

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by Robert Dugoni

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In this gripping, high-octane legal thriller by critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni, a father steps outside the law and does whatever it takes to save his son, trapped in a juvenile detention center from hell.

In this gripping, high-octane thriller by critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling


In this gripping, high-octane legal thriller by critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni, a father steps outside the law and does whatever it takes to save his son, trapped in a juvenile detention center from hell.

In this gripping, high-octane thriller by critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni, a father takes the law into his own hands to save his son, trapped in a juvenile detention center from hell.

Lawyer David Sloane is desperate to get through to his troubled teenage son Jake. Still reeling from the devastating loss of his mother in a brutal murder, Jake has spiraled out of control and Sloane has barely been able to keep him out of jail. So when his old friend, detective Tom Molia, suggests that they take their sons on a guys-only camping trip, Sloane gratefully accepts.

What Sloane imagines will be the perfect excursion turns into a horrifying nightmare when the boys are arrested for vandalizing a general store late at night while their fathers are asleep. The next morning, before Sloane and Molia even realize they’re gone, their sons are tried, convicted, and sentenced by the presiding judge to six months in the county wilderness detention camp, Fresh Start. For the teenagers, a grueling physical and psychological ordeal begins.

As Sloane fights the conviction against the boys, he discovers that local judge Earl Boykin’s authority seems to extend far beyond the confines of his courtroom. Meanwhile, on the inside, Jake is forced to grow up quickly and soon learns the hard way that this detention center has a very different purpose than rehabilitating troubled youths.

With their legal options exhausted, Sloane and Molia will do anything to save their sons—even mount a daring rescue operation that could win the boys their freedom . . . or cost all of them their lives.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Improbable and clichéd action sequences mar bestseller Dugoni’s fifth thriller featuring legendary Seattle attorney David Sloane, “the lawyer who does not lose” (after 2011’s Murder One). Sloane’s 16-year-old adopted son, Jake, has been on a downward spiral since witnessing his mother’s murder. When Jake is arrested a second time for public intoxication, Sloane manages to persuade the court not to incarcerate him, but the reprieve is brief. On a family trip to Truluck, Calif., Jake and a friend, T.J. Molia, are busted for breaking into a store. When an unethical judge forces Jake and T.J. to plead guilty before Sloane can intervene, they wind up, in peril of their lives, at a sadistic boot camp. While justice from the system is not an option, some readers may wonder why the well-connected Sloane makes no effort to contact elected officials either in Washington State or in California for help as he and T.J.’s father race the clock to save the boys. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (June)
From the Publisher
“One of the best legal thriller writers in the business unleashes another stellar effort. . . . The names John Grisham and Scott Turow are mentioned when discussing the legal thriller genre. Robert Dugoni is as good, if not better.” —Associated Press

“Dugoni is at his best in the action scenes, which are the foundation of his narrative. Fans of John Grisham and Scott Turow will be pleased with this offering.” Library Journal

“An exhilarating story that is crisply written and full of unexpected plot twists.”Tucson Citizen

“Serves up the perfect mix of action, emotion and courtroom drama, so much so that The Conviction isn’t just the best legal thriller of the year, it’s one of the best thrillers period.” Author Magazine

“Dugoni moves the thrill into the courtroom. Think Grisham. Think Baldacci. Or think Dugoni.” Asbury Park Press

Kirkus Reviews
A legal thriller with more twists and turns than the lower intestine and as much coincidence and serendipity as a vintage episode of Law & Order. Dugoni continues his David Sloane series with this novel. Sloane is the attorney who can't lose: He wins in prime time, for the big money; he wins for small potatoes. The book opens in the courtroom, when Sloane secures the conditional release of his troubled adolescent son Jake. Sloane takes Jake away from L.A., the scene of his latest drunk and disorderly; grieving for his murdered mother, Jake needs help. Sloane accepts an offer from his old friend Tom Molia, veteran detective from West Virginia. Jake and David fly back to California to join Tom and his son T.J. for a camping excursion in fictitious Winchester County. Truluck, the imagined landmark town in the Gold Rush country of the Sierra foothills, is the setting for their disaster. Jake is sullen, suffers humiliation, and ropes the younger and overeager T.J. into his revenge fantasy. The boys get caught, and Judge Earl Boykin, local tyrant of historic proportions, sentences them to Fresh Start, a juvenile offender boot camp. The villains in charge of the camp favor reflective sunglasses and have an appetite for destruction. Peopled with the usual contingent of sadists and victims, the plot's fuse starts burning. Lawyer Sloane, Detective Molia and a posse of trusty associates skilled in the latest morally dubious investigative methods uncover a startling conspiracy. Unlike revenge, justice seems to be a dish best served warm, and pursuit is hot. The villains have rationalizations; their opponents have psyches and motives. A book that meets, sometimes exceeds, the expectations of the legal thriller.

Product Details

Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date:
David Sloane Series , #5
Edition description:
Large Print
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Dugoni has practiced as a civil litigator in San Francisco and Seattle for seventeen years and is a two-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest. Visit RobertDugoni.com.

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The Conviction: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
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!
Zot79 More than 1 year ago
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.]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Taut and suspenseful. Dugoni is definitely honing and perfecting his style. Overall, a good story well told.
Lovesagoodbook0 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Robert Dugoni's books, but The Conviction was the best of all. He gets better and better with each book he writes. The ending of each chapter kept me on the edge of my seat. I never would have thought some of the characters in the book were who they were. I couldn't put the book down and I haven't done that in a long time. I am looking forward to his next book.
NightOwl65 More than 1 year ago
Dugoni Delivers In my opinion, it is time for the critics to stop comparing Robert Dugoni to John Grisham and crown Dugoni the king of legal thrillers. In his new book, The Conviction, lawyer David Sloane wants to reach out to his troubled son, Jake. When his old friend, detective Tom Molia, suggests David and Jake join him on a father-son camping trip in California’s gold country, they never suspect their sons would get caught up in a corrupt judicial system. With all their legal options exhausted, Sloane, the lawyer who never loses, and Molia are willing to risk everything, including their lives, to save their sons. Although filled with more emotion than the other David Sloane books, Dugoni continues to deliver an action-packed story with more twists and turns than the Pacific Coast Highway. The Conviction will keep you guessing and rooting for the hero up to the last page.
RLPace More than 1 year ago
The jury is back and the verdict is unanimous. Robert Dugoni is not the ‘next’ anyone in legal thrillers, he’s the new standard against which others will now be judged. If Murder One was his Master’s thesis, then his latest David Sloane thriller, The Conviction, is his PhD; a dissertation in deception. Sloane, the lawyer that never loses, finds himself reliving a horror from his recent past through the behavior of his step-son, who is suffering his own crisis of self-destruction brought on by witnessing his mother’s brutal murder and coming perilously close to his own. In a last ditch effort to reconnect—and keep Jake out of jail—Sloane accepts an invitation to go camping with an old friend and his son. Jake, reluctantly followed by the younger boy, runs afoul of local law enforcement in a small town in California’s Gold Country. Whisked away, tried and convicted in a kangaroo court, the boys find themselves on the way to a juvenile detention center from Hell before the dads fully realize they are missing. Now, the law Sloane has manipulated to his advantage for so long, becomes a ponderous impediment, and he must decide if he can do whatever it takes—legal or not—to rescue the boys before time runs out. The Conviction, is a taut, riveting Tilt-A-Wheel ride that builds to a white-knuckle climax for readers. Dugoni is fully in command of his craft and does not disappoint. This book makes a compelling case that Robert Dugoni deserves a place atop the bestseller throne. All hail the new King of legal thrillers!
TheBookChamber More than 1 year ago
Dugoni makes you feel like you are watching Cool Hand Luke for young people as you read The Conviction.. David Sloane and his friend, Tom Molia, take their boys on camping trip. The boys, Jake and TJ, get in trouble with the local police and end up at a detention camp named Fresh Start. This is where you start hating the characters in the book. The camp is anything but a fresh start. The boys are put there because they are found guilty in a mockery of a trial by the local judge, Earl Boykin. Office Atkins is an officer at the camp who you will dislike as soon as he enters the pages as you read. Sloane and Molia begin fighting the judicial system in order to get the boys out but they cannot seem to get anywhere going by the law. As the story jumps from the boys at camp to the fathers working the system to get the boys out, The Conviction, takes you on a read where you cannot wait to turn the next page. The Conviction is a book that is definitely good vs. bad guys. Some of the characters will surprise you by what side they are on and others you know for sure. A lot of "you got to be kidding me" and "no way, I didn't see that coming" in this book. As with Dugoni's other books...this is one where you sit on the edge of your chair and can't wait to turn the next page. The Book Chamber
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Alfie_65 More than 1 year ago
Fifty pages into this book and I thought, "This would make a great movie". Characters to love and to hate. A realistic plot and a very well written book - Please do yourself the favor of reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just stumbled onto this author. Folks, don't miss this book, or any of his books for that matter. Have had to go back and read them all, and waiting anxiously for the next one to arrive. It's a pafe turner from the get go.
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Irish926 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the latest in Dugoni's Sloane series immensely. I could not put it down. Started reading it on a cross-country flight and actually sat in the boarding area after landing to read to a logical stopping point. Well developed, edge of your seat plot lines and gripping, descriptive scenes. Dugoni is a gifted, thoughtful writer who does his homework. Well worth the read! Well done!
Karen-Florida More than 1 year ago
This book was terrific. I could not put it down. The characters were fascinating and you're in for a thrilling ride