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3.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 5 3.45 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard North Patterson Narrator: Patricia Kalember Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Christopher Paget Series Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780739301371
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 2/15/2014

    " 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 Mark | 2/9/2014

    " Thematically another "deathy penalty" saga much like Grisham's The Confession and with the same political slant...Chris Paget, Teresa Paralta and Chris' son Carlo work diligently work to stop California from executing a retarded man associated with a heinous SF crime...though I'm way right of center, I stand firmly against both abortion as birth control and the death penalty, so this was an easy, uncontentious read...Patterson entertainingly drew characters with identifiable traits of real players of similar dramas...decent read!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Thomas | 2/7/2014

    " bog downs in legalese.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Wickham | 1/24/2014

    " 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 B | 1/23/2014

    " Thought-provoking account of death penalty litigation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/20/2014

    " Very good book. Not a fast read (at least when you're working, mothering and schooling all at the same time), but excellently written. I recommend this book to anyone, especially those who have strong opinions for or against the death penalty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 1/18/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 1/17/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/17/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al Stoess | 1/15/2014

    " Too legalistic for the average reader. Good treatise agains the death penalty. Good explanation of the work of the court system. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindy | 1/7/2014

    " Holy TMI. The idea of the story could have been good, but way to much info. Who cares? Just give me the story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry Della | 12/24/2013

    " Fast paced quasi documentary on Capital Punishment "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/8/2013

    " Just started and looks like it will be a good book. It was a very good book, but went into a lot of detail about the court systems. I found most of that interesting but that part was long and drawn out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 10/30/2013

    " 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 8/5/2013

    " Accidental, but timely choice of audio book to listen to given that TX recently put to death a convicted felon who's IQ is considered to have been much below average. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 7/3/2013

    " really not a worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dean | 4/28/2013

    " A book about capitol punishment and sexual abuse. Language bad, but opened up an area most people don't look at too closely. Made you think about what these lawyers have to go thru and how much red tape is involved. And also about those profiled for crimes they may not have committed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 11/9/2012

    " listened to this on cd in the car... WAY too much legal machination, from my perspective, but the characters finally showed some humanity at the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 1/12/2012

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 11/18/2011

    " What I liked about this is how much I learned about the penal system in America. This book is two stories in one. It is slow and has lots of trivialities and minutia of details and the there is no real characterization. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 11/12/2011

    " I like it OK. It was a bit hard to read, because the topic is very sad. It's about death penalty appeals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 11/10/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marvin | 9/9/2011

    " 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. "

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

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 4/2/2011

    " Really interesting in depth look at the death penalty. "

  • 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.