ConvictionAuthor: Richard North Patterson
Featured in the September, 2005 magazine
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A highly skilled and suspenseful novel about the world and politics of death row from the No 1 bestselling author of Balance of Power. When the body of eleven-year-old Thuy Sen is found in San Francisco Bay, the police swiftly charge Rennell and Payton Price with her grisly murder. A twelve-person jury, helped along by an incompetent lawyer for the defence, are quick to find the brothers guilty - and to sentence them both to die for their crimes. Twelve years later, Payton is days from his execution, and overworked pro bono lawyer Teresa Peralta Paget, her husband Chris, and stepson Carlo, a recent Harvard law graduate, become convinced not only that Rennell didn't receive a fair trial, but that he's innocent. Racing against the clock and against insurmountable legal obstacles, Teresa, Chris, and Carlo desperately try and stop the execution of an innocent man.
Patterson has avoided a trite, nicely wrapped-up ending and this added to the impact the book had on me. I highly recommend this - it will leave you thinking long after you finish it.
Review by: Brooke Walker