Conviction, by Richard North Patterson. New York: Random House, 2005.

Both authors of this review admit to being fans of best seller fiction when not reading journals and documents as a daily part of our jobs. So while we enjoyed cups of coffee together on a day off, our discussion focused on a book by one of our favorite novelists, former trial lawyer Richard North Patterson. His latest novel, Conviction, about a person with intellectual disabilities on death row, held us so tightly and taught us so much, we decided to take an unorthodox tack. We chose to review it for this professional journal.

Rennell Price, a tall, lumbering young black man with an intellectual disability who lived in the poor Bayview district of San Francisco, and his brother Payton are tried and convicted of one of the most horrible and disgusting crimes...

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