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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (200 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Dugoni Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The David Sloane Series Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781611063851
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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…A book that meets, sometimes exceeds, the expectations of the legal thriller.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 2/19/2014

    " I started and restarted a few times. I think I will try another one of Dugoni's books to see if it was the subject matter or the writing. Can't tell at this point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Viccy | 2/19/2014

    " Jake Carter is out of control. He witnessed his mother's murder and he has not recovered. He drinks too much and causes damage to property and himself. In an attempt to get to know him better, his father takes him on a camping trip along with Tom Molia and his son. And in the twinkling of an eye, Jake's life becomes a nightmare. Caught and convicted of robbing and vandalizing a general store, both boys end up in a wilderness camp with physically and mentally abusive guards. Sloane and Molia have to unravel the reasons behind the judge's actions and figure out how to rescue their sons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pou | 2/15/2014

    " Must read! Total page turner and attention captivator! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camilla Harrold-lawson | 2/13/2014

    " Riveting! I really enjoyed this and just couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Rose | 2/8/2014

    " To be honest, I didn't finish this book. Plot action and suspense were there, but I couldn't connect to the characters the way I needed to in order to stick with them. Maybe it was just me and a case of right book/wrong time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/19/2014

    " I found this book timely and compelling - well worth reading! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anni | 1/15/2014

    " This is the first Dugoni book that I just did not like. It was drawn out and lacked the cohesiveness that his other books kept me captivated with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Smith | 1/6/2014

    " This book is great! At the beginning, I thought it was an adult version of Holes, but I was wrong. There are many twists; at the end, my heart was pounding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricardo | 12/29/2013

    " Excellent book. Entertaining, fast-paced, good dialogue, had a difficult time putting it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois Duncan | 12/26/2013

    " A good legal thriller. I liked the smooth way Dugoni kept two stories -- the father's and the son's-- running in parallel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacia | 12/22/2013

    " Creepy - the story is based around a "for profit" youth detention center. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Goossen | 12/14/2013

    " Kept me guessing during the whole book! It is scary to think about what could happen to your child at a 'youth camp'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda Exliine | 12/13/2013

    " Very predictable and rather boring! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 12/10/2013

    " Love the twists and turns! Also, very easy to relate to but a good suspense! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Cantu | 11/15/2013

    " great book!!! full of twists and turns...hard to out down. must read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KJ | 8/19/2013

    " Ok, maybe it was not a true five star book, but it was so freaking fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 6/28/2013

    " just discovered this author and really like him. good thriller "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S.W. Gordon | 2/1/2013

    " "Holes" meets " The Pelican Brief." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri Bell | 12/18/2012

    " Top Notch. Very much enjoyed this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 8/21/2012

    " This book was exceptionally good! I could not put it down! Will look for more books by this author. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Dugoni

Robert Dugoni is the author of the bestselling Tracy Crosswhite series as well as the critically acclaimed David Sloane series. He’s been nominated for the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction and the International Thriller Award, and My Sister’s Grave won the 2015 Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction. It also became a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon bestseller and was named one of the best thrillers of 2014 by Library Journal and Suspense Magazine. Dugoni’s nonfiction exposé, The Cyanide Canary, was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and the Providence Journal called him “the undisputed king of the legal thriller” and “heir to Grisham’s literary throne.”

About the Narrator

Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician. In the Oscar-winning Walk the Line, he starred as Johnny Cash’s guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins, and has also appeared in George Clooney’s Leatherheads and My One and Only, with Renée Zellweger. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has garnered multiple Audie Award nominations, has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine, and has received eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly.