Conviction : a novel / Julia Dahl.

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      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "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."-- Provided by publisher.
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    • ABNT:
      DAHL, J. Conviction : a novel. First edition. [s. l.]: Minotaur Books, 2017. ISBN 9781250083692. Disponível em: Acesso em: 21 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Dahl J. Conviction : A Novel. First edition. Minotaur Books; 2017. Accessed September 21, 2020.
    • APA:
      Dahl, J. (2017). Conviction : a novel (First edition.). Minotaur Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Dahl, Julia. 2017. Conviction : A Novel. First edition. Rebekah Roberts Novels: 3. Minotaur Books.
    • Harvard:
      Dahl, J. (2017) Conviction : a novel. First edition. Minotaur Books (Rebekah Roberts novels: 3). Available at: (Accessed: 21 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Dahl, J 2017, Conviction : a novel, First edition., Rebekah Roberts novels: 3, Minotaur Books, viewed 21 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Dahl, Julia. Conviction : A Novel. First edition., Minotaur Books, 2017. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Dahl, Julia. Conviction : A Novel. First edition. Rebekah Roberts Novels: 3. Minotaur Books, 2017.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Dahl J. Conviction : a novel [Internet]. First edition. Minotaur Books; 2017 [cited 2020 Sep 21]. (Rebekah Roberts novels: 3). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2017 February #2

*Starred Review* Award-winning Dahl is a journalist specializing in crime and criminal justice. This is her third Rebekah Roberts novel (after Run You Down, 2015). Feeling stifled in her job at New York City's sleaziest tabloid, Rebekah begins to investigate a possible wrongful conviction that has resulted in the imprisonment of a teenage boy for 22 years for the brutal murder of his family in the summer of 1992, a year after the Crown Heights riots in Brooklyn between black and Jewish neighbors. In answer to why she writes about "things most people would rather not think about," Dahl says, "Crime is what we call the evil we do to each other. This evil must be witnessed, and it must be chronicled." Conviction is a compelling, cleverly named chronicle in which Rebekah holds herself to an extraordinarily high standard of ethical behavior. She takes on community and religious leaders, the NYPD, a very popular female prosecutor, and her own mother to find justice for DeShawn Perkins. Dahl, too, holds herself to an exacting standard in constructing a carefully wrought narrative. The inclusion of historical malfeasance, including the Central Park Five, lends veracity to a tale that has at its heart the very meaning of power and poverty, justice, family, and, best of all, hope. Timely and perfect for twenty- and thirtysomething fans of Megan Abbott and Lisa Lutz. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2017 January #5

In Dahl's outstanding third novel featuring Brooklyn freelance reporter Rebekah Roberts (after 2015's Run You Down), Rebekah agrees to help DeShawn Perkins, who claims he's innocent of the crime that sent him to prison at age 16—murdering his foster parents and foster sister in 1992. DeShawn claims that a cop, who unquestioningly accepted a crack addict's ID of him, coerced his confession. The narrative alternates between the original murder investigation in Crown Heights, where riots pitted Orthodox Jews and black residents against each other, and Rebekah's present-day sleuthing in the quickly gentrifying neighborhood. Many of the case's original players are still out there, including Rebekah's formerly Orthodox ex-cop friend, Saul Katz; the woman in line to be the next Brooklyn DA; and the highly dubious eyewitness, all of whom have something to fear from Rebekah's probing. Dahl excels at revealing the inner workings of enigmatic subcultures while maintaining peak suspense. She also provides a terrific "whoa, I didn't see that coming" moment. Agent: Stephanie Rostan, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (Mar.)

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