Conviction Author:Richard North Patterson Fifteen years ago, the body of a 9-year-old girl was found in San Francisco bay. Two brothers, Rennell and Payton Price, were found guilty of the murder and sentenced to death. Now, just two months before the execution, pro bono lawyer Teresa Paget and her family, a team of anti-death penalty lawyers, are convinced that Rennell didn't receiv... more »e a fair trail-and that he may in fact be innocent of the crime. Resolving to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court, Paget revisits the past in a race against the clock, navigating the labyrinthine politics of death row to get to the elusive truth. But it's a case that will threaten to tear apart the fragile fabric of her family and put her own life in extreme jeopardy.« less
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.