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A Matter of Conviction

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An explosive novel of twisted values and tangled lives.
Mass Market Paperback
Published 1976 by Avon Books (first published 1959)
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Description: After three teenage hoods stab blind Puerto Rican Roberto Escalante, assistant DA Hank Bell is tasked with prosecuting the case. He's looking for convictions for first degree murder for all three of the boys, even 15 year-old Danny DiPace, son of his old girlfriend, Mary DiPace. He grew up in the neighborhood and investigates the case with Lt. Gunderson. He learns that Escalante may have pulled a knife and was actually one of the leaders of the Puerto Rican gang that fought regularl
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James H. Jaqua
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guilty...or not.

An interesting look at an attorney 's world, or part of it. The reality of his neighborhood comes as no surprise, what it does to him is the story. His end reaction is quite a change in his thinking.
Evan
Jan 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read and loved Last Summer so I decided to read all his Evan Hunter books but so far the others stink. Hopefully his later books are good and I can work backward to when he sucked
Mark Trenier
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
A good book to use in comparative literature class with the movie, "The Young Savages." Pretty predictable but some nice suspense.
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Better known by his pseudonym Ed McBain.

Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he was even better known as Ed McBain, a name he used for most of his crime fiction, beginning in 1956.