This legal thriller is long on legal and short on thrill. If you read Supreme Court opinions all the way through, you're probably getting more action and suspense than you can expect from this one. But if you go in for jury duty hoping you'll get chosen, this is the book for you.
I have mixed feelings on this book. While it does provide a thoughtful, heart-wrenching view on capital punishment, I thought the story itself could use some trimming. This book could have a used a good editor to cut out some of the excess that was not necessary. Overall it was okay.
I really have enjoyed Richard North Patterson's books based on their depiction of the legal process, however, this book is highly graphic as it relates to sexual abuse of children (incest as well as from a sexual predator). I finished the book because it was compelling. I would warn against this book due to its graphic nature.
"Conviction" raises a lot of questions about the death penalty and is insightful as to what Patterson's views on the subject are. But the plot could have been better, since the basic story of the innocence or guilt of someone accused of a capital crime has been done many times. In fact, this novel is similar to John Grisham's "The Chamber". "Conviction" was much more technical and contained more legal jargon, which did not add to the story. I liked "Conviction but "The Chamber" was definitely a more suspenseful and character driven book.
This book wore me out! If you like detail-oriented books, this ones for you. Me, I like all of the fat trimmed, just leaving the "meat" of a story. It also made me a little nauseous, reading about the politics that come into play when judges, prosecutors, govenors, etc. are deciding the fate of someone on death row. Guilt or innocence appears to matter little , rather what message their decision will send to their constituents.
At age thirty nine Terri Peralta Paget has turned her career down a path more arduous than most lawyers could endure, she represents death row inmates.
Fifty nine days that's how long Rennell Price has to live, after spending fifteen years on death row. As Terri prepares the last appeal, she finds fresh evidence suggesting another man has committed the crime. But the law of capital punishment is very complicated.
Author Richard North is a former trial lawyer, served as a liaison to the
Watergate special procecutor. He now sits on several boards of Washington-based advocacy groups dealing with gun voilence, political reform and womens rights.
"Genuinely moving. it is impossible not to keep reading." Entertainment weekly.