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The Conviction

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The Conviction by Robert Dugoni
David Sloan series Book #5
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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.

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This is a story that we have seen in reality in recent years although perhaps not to this extent. From the very beginning of Jake and T.J.'s ordeal the reader knows that this is just going to take one wrong turn after another and hoping that justice will finally win out.

The entire story line is one surprise after another. No one is who you think they are and after a while you have no idea who or what to trust. I will have to admit that I skipped some of the financial stuff...way more than this brain could digest... but had to give the complexity of the plot 5 stars. Good job Mr. Dugoni. ( )
  Carol420 | Nov 13, 2016 |
When I picked this book up I didn't realize it was number 5 in a series. If I had I wouldn't have gotten it, lucky thing for me I didn't know. This book was really good. It's a bit of a mix of both legal thriller and mystery. The only down side was that it kept recalling to mind an SVU episode. ( )
  jlsimon7 | Feb 26, 2016 |
Troubled teen Jake has had a couple of brushes with the law since witnessing his mother’s brutal murder and ends up living with his step-father, attorney David Sloane, who is a high-profile lawyer branded as ‘the one who never loses.’ In an attempt to help the boy stay out of trouble they go camping, and are joined at the last moment by an old friend, detective Tom Molia, and his younger teen son TJ.
The boys bunk together the first night in a motel in the little town that will act as the spring-board for their wilderness adventure. Jake robs a local convenience store after-hours and unwittingly drags young TJ into his misadventure. By the time the two fathers awaken the next morning their boys have been arrested, arraigned and sentenced by a backwoods judge with a quick sense for judgment. Think Dan Ackroyd in the ’91 flick Nothing But Trouble but remove any sense of humor. Both teens are sentenced to a locally run boot-camp style detention center, Fresh Start.
When Sloane is unable to get an appeal or a new trial the two fathers make plans to find a way to get their boys released, no matter what it takes. When they start investigating the judge, Earl Boykin, and his ties to the community a path of deceit and greed opens to them unexpectedly. The boys meantime find themselves being used as forced slave-labor for the warden and being abused by a couple of long-term psycho inmates that the guards let handle their dirty work. It becomes clear that there is a force working with them, behind the scenes, and so the plan to rescue the boys is hatched, however neither tandem is fully prepared for the scenarios they find themselves in as the book rushes to a close.
Dugoni will have you on the edge of your seat in an unstoppable force of energy that makes sure you can’t put the book down once you start.
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  MarkPSadler | Jan 17, 2016 |
Troubled teen Jake has had a couple of brushes with the law since witnessing his mother’s brutal murder and ends up living with his step-father, attorney David Sloane, who is a high-profile lawyer branded as ‘the one who never loses.’ In an attempt to help the boy stay out of trouble they go camping, and are joined at the last moment by an old friend, detective Tom Molia, and his younger teen son TJ.
The boys bunk together the first night in a motel in the little town that will act as the spring-board for their wilderness adventure. Jake robs a local convenience store after-hours and unwittingly drags young TJ into his misadventure. By the time the two fathers awaken the next morning their boys have been arrested, arraigned and sentenced by a backwoods judge with a quick sense for judgment. Think Dan Ackroyd in the ’91 flick Nothing But Trouble but remove any sense of humor. Both teens are sentenced to a locally run boot-camp style detention center, Fresh Start.
When Sloane is unable to get an appeal or a new trial the two fathers make plans to find a way to get their boys released, no matter what it takes. When they start investigating the judge, Earl Boykin, and his ties to the community a path of deceit and greed opens to them unexpectedly. The boys meantime find themselves being used as forced slave-labor for the warden and being abused by a couple of long-term psycho inmates that the guards let handle their dirty work. It becomes clear that there is a force working with them, behind the scenes, and so the plan to rescue the boys is hatched, however neither tandem is fully prepared for the scenarios they find themselves in as the book rushes to a close.
Dugoni will have you on the edge of your seat in an unstoppable force of energy that makes sure you can’t put the book down once you start.
( )
  MarkPSadler | Jan 17, 2016 |
I loved hearing Robert Dugoni speak on writing at PNWA '14. However, this book wasn't nearly as good as Mr. Dugoni's speech was.

I feel like the majority of this book reads like old school 1980's James Patterson. Not that that's a problem, except the plot line is full of tropes and cliches. Not to mention that it isn't realistic.

1/4 through the book, the feds would have been involved.
**SPOILER ALERT**
Now, at the end, we find out they were involved--but because kids were being raped like that, the feds wouldn't have left a sting going for years. They would have locked that "camp" down fast.

It was a good, entertaining read, but there are better. The sort of book I'd check out from the library and never think on again. ( )
  kaonevar | Nov 12, 2014 |
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Bringing his teenage son on a camping trip with an old friend and his friend's son, lawyer David Sloane embarks on a legal rescue mission when the boys are caught vandalizing a general store and sentenced to six months in a detention camp with ties to a corrupt judge.… (more)

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