The Conviction by Robert Dugoni
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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.

About Robert Dugoni

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Robert Dugoni has practiced as a civil litigator in San Francisco and Seattle for seventeen years. In 1999 he left his law practice to write full time. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a degree in journalism and worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times before obtaining his doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. A two-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest, he lives with his wife and two children in the Pacific Northwest.
Published June 12, 2012 by Touchstone. 386 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Lawyer Sloane, Detective Molia and a posse of trusty associates skilled in the latest morally dubious investigative methods uncover a startling conspiracy.

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Publishers Weekly

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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).

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When one man’s son is sent to a rehabilitation center that very well may lead to more danger than the perilous path he was on, attorney David Sloane is willing to put everything on the line to win teenaged Jake his freedom.

Jun 03 2012 | Read Full Review of The Conviction: A Novel


Imagine being any single one of the characters in best-selling author Robert Dugoni’s new novel, “The Conviction.” Dugoni’s novel begins with a seemingly obvious plot, once the character backgrounds are established, and ends with unexpected twists clearly sailed in from left field.

Jun 11 2012 | Read Full Review of The Conviction: A Novel


Author Robert Dugoni has proved with his new novel "The Conviction," released June 12, yet again why he's a "New York Times" bestselling author.

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Book Reporter

So when Detective Tom Molia invites Sloane and Jake to join him and his son, T.J., on a camping trip in rural California, Sloane accepts.

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Gather Books

If you haven't read a Dugoni book and are hesitant to read this for that reason, throw your caution out the window.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Attorney David Sloane must defend his own son against excessive charges levied against him by a rural judge, who rules his county much like he rules his courtroom, in Conviction, the fifth book in this series by Robert Dugoni.

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North Jersey

While Jake suffers the harsh reality of a facility worse than a federal penitentiary, Sloane discovers he cannot win.

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