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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,004 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard North Patterson Narrator: Patricia Kalember Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Christopher Paget Series Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780739301364
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In his acclaimed career as a perennial bestselling author, Richard North Patterson has established himself as one of our most important voices in fiction and a keeper of the American conscience. He consistently writes novels that are intensely dramatic and deeply thought provoking. Now, in Conviction,Patterson tackles one of the most emotional and complex of all legal debates: When, if ever, does the state have the right to exact the ultimate punishment–and is the death penalty a crime unto itself?

Fifty-nine days. That’s how long Rennell Price has to live–after spending fifteen years on death row for the horrifying sexual assault and murder of a girl whose body was found floating in San Francisco Bay. But attorney Terri Paget, who has fought her own way out of hopelessness and abuse, has dedicated her life to fighting for people like Rennell Price. This time, Terri has a client she believes may actually be innocent, which means that an unpunished killer may still be free.

“I didn’t do that little girl” is all Rennell Price has ever said in his own defense. In a trial, Rennell, along with his older brother, Payton, was found guilty of the heinous crime, and the conviction has been upheld through one appeal after another. But as Terri spends time with Rennell and re-creates the events that put him on death row–beginning with the first minutes of the police investigation–she starts to understand the forces that shaped Rennell and the reason he has never been able to defend himself adequately.

As Terri prepares for a last appeal, she gets a new weapon for her battle–fresh evidence suggesting that another man, not Rennell, helped Payton commit the atrocity. But the grim machinery of capital punishment is already in motion, involving precedent and politics reaching from California to the highest court in the nation. As more people are drawn into Terri’s last-ditch battle, and as agendas and personalities clash while time is running out for Rennell Price, this much is clear: The serious doubts about Rennell’s guilt may not be enough to save him.

Conviction raises issues of ethics, political expediency, and personal trauma that will shake readers to their core. For here, in a novel of vivid characters on both sides of the law and profound tension on every page, Patterson illuminates the mysterious precincts between justice and truth–where the fate of one man involves not only his own life and the lives he has affected but the moral life of a nation.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/11/2014

    " A well written, compelling courtroom drama about a death penalty case. Eye opening about the details of the death penalty appeal process (I was opposed to the death penalty before reading this book and remain opposed to it after reading it). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 2/6/2014

    " While I liked this one, I wasn't so happy about how it ended. I won't spoil it...it's a great book though and worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 2/6/2014

    " Great for discussion and debate. I cried, that makes it a 10! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 2/1/2014

    " Another crime/legal thriller from North Patterson with the recurring Chris Paget character. Race and class issues as they pertain to presumption of guilt are interspersed, but are done so with a light touch - never preachy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 1/30/2014

    " A very good book. Although it is a work of fiction it really makes you think about our legal system. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 1/24/2014

    " really not a worthwhile read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margot | 1/24/2014

    " Chilling commentary on one aspect of our legal system. A tough read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry Della | 1/17/2014

    " Fast paced quasi documentary on Capital Punishment "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Shayeson | 12/23/2013

    " Extremely interesting but very tragic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Wickham | 12/14/2013

    " Gripping novel that reveals more about the court system surrounding death penalty convictions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marvin | 11/16/2013

    " I've enjoyed Patterson's other "issues" books about presidential & judicial politics in relation to abortion. This one about the death penalty is more like a traditional legal potboiler & is not as good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 10/14/2013

    " James North Patterson is truly one of the better novelists of our time in terms of conveying a message through fiction with solid research and excellent plot and character development. The topic here is the death penalty and he looks at it from all sides. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 11/22/2012

    " A good Novel about our upper criminal justice systems politically motivated decisions. Also,many reasons against Capital punishment are cited , all within a story that is terrible but engrossing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ian | 10/20/2012

    " As a powerful argument against the death penalty this novel succeeds, but as a legal thriller it does get bogged down in legalese which might have you skipping large sections. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 7/27/2012

    " I might will like this book better if I have any interest in courts, legal stuff, law terms. I feel the author has good writing skills but it's just not my preference to read those books. I know I won't read books that have any legal terms. Those words are boring. Echh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 6/17/2012

    " Thought-provoking account of death penalty litigation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 5/20/2012

    " This was hard at times to plow through, and the author said he had to dumb it down for the reading non-attorney public! It was a sad commentary on our system of justice regarding the death penalty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Thomas | 3/21/2012

    " bog downs in legalese.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 2/6/2012

    " Nancy 4.5 stars; Ron 4.5 stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 9/28/2011

    " Nancy 4.5 stars; Ron 4.5 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 8/17/2011

    " I've read this one before, but any discussion of politics in our country inevitably leads me back to my dream world of Richard North Patterson's novels. Of course this one is less about politics than others, but I just finished all the political ones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lea | 2/15/2011

    " It was a good book but with a sad ending. I felt the author could have ended it without dragging it out so long, which made it rather boring. This was a new author for me and I may try one more of his books but if drags on like this one I won't get another one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 2/2/2011

    " A very good book. Although it is a work of fiction it really makes you think about our legal system. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 8/21/2010

    " This is not a book to read if your looking for something fun. It is intense and I could hardly put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 8/14/2010

    " While I liked this one, I wasn't so happy about how it ended. I won't spoil it...it's a great book though and worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 11/5/2009

    " A good Novel about our upper criminal justice systems politically motivated decisions. Also,many reasons against Capital punishment are cited , all within a story that is terrible but engrossing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margot | 9/12/2009

    " Chilling commentary on one aspect of our legal system. A tough read. "

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About the Author
Author Richard North Patterson

Richard North Patterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil’s Light, In the Name of Honor, The Spire, and a number of other bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC’s liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. Patterson has appeared on such programs as the Today show, Good Morning America, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Buchanan and Press

About the Narrator

Patricia Kathryn Kalember is an American actress best known for her role as Georgiana “Georgie” Reed Whitsig in the NBC drama series, Sisters. Kalember also had the leading roles in a number of television films and co-starred in several feature films including Fletch Lives, Signs, The Company Men, and Limitless, as well as recurring roles in the TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.