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"In the summer of 1992, a year after riots exploded between black and Jewish neighbors in Crown Heights, a black family is brutally murdered in their Brooklyn home. A teenager is quickly convicted, and the justice system moves on. Twenty-two years later, journalist Rebekah Roberts gets a letter: I didn't do it. Frustrated with her work at the city's sleaziest tabloid, Rebekah starts to dig. But witnesses are missing, memories faded, and almost no one wants to talk about that grim, violent time in New York City--not even Saul Katz, a former cop and her source in Brooklyn's insular Hasidic community. So she goes it alone. And as she gets closer to the truth of that night, Rebekah finds herself in the path of a killer with two decades of secrets to protect. From the author of the Edgar-nominated Invisible City comes another timely thriller that illuminates society's darkest corners. Told in part through the eyes of a jittery eyewitness and the massacre's sole survivor, Julia Dahl's Conviction examines the power--and cost--of community, loyalty, and denial."--
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781250083692
Characteristics: 312 pages ;,25 cm.


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Apr 20, 2017

Rebekah Roberts is trying to find her way to a more meaningful job than stringer for the New York Tribune, especially after being passed over for a full time position on the Tribune. She meets Amanda Button at a cocktail party given by the Center on Culture, Crime and the Media, an organization which had given Rebekah a grant to publish a story in the American Voice. Amanda publishes a blog on New York City homicides. Amanda offers to show Rebekah letters that could be a source for investigation of miscarriages of justice. These come to Amanda as a result of her blog. Rebekah sees one that Saul Katz, Rebekah's mother's boyfriend, worked on while he was a rookie policeman. Her investigation opens the possibility that DeShawn Perkins was coerced to confess to three murders, which he did not commit. The threads of the various parts of the story converge in the present and then move on to the future. Not once did I get confused as I followed Dahl's story lines, so that the various people involved all contribute to the problem and the solution. Quite a cliffhanger too. Dahl gets better and better.

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