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Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,162 Ratings  ·  266 Reviews
Juan Martinez, the fiery prosecutor who convicted notorious murderess Jodi Arias for the disturbing killing of Travis Alexander, speaks for the first time about the shocking investigation and sensational trial that captivated the nation.

Through two trials, America watched with baited breath as Juan Martinez fought relentlessly to convict Jodi Arias of Murder One for viciou
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by William Morrow (first published January 5th 2016)
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LostMermaid Mermaid
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I watched the stupid trial from start to finish and came away with so much respect for Mr. Martinez. I've seen many trials both televised and live and this was the first time I saw one without a second chair.

Some reviewers have said that they saw nothing in the book that wasn't shown in trial however what I found fascinating was the strategy used by Mr. Martinez. This was something that obviously could not be"seen" and the interesting fact that Mr. Martinez and Detective Flores had never even m
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wanted so badly to give this book five stars because, well, it's Juan Martinez and I've been waiting impatiently since last summer to get it in my hands. That said, I think it would have been better & should have been written after Arias gets her first & only state/taxpayers funded appeal. Since that hasn't happened yet I felt so much information and opinion was missing from the book. What was Juan's take on the jurors from first trial who couldn't agree on the Death Penalty? What abou ...more
Winter Sophia Rose
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Compelling, Informative, Insightful, Eye Opening Page Turner! A Fantastic Read! I Loved It!
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was one of the masses obsessed with this trial so I was pleased reading Juan Martinez's point of view. It was interesting to read about all the pre-trial drama and to read chronologically how the trial progressed.
Though the book read easy, I was disappointed that after a methodical summation of pre-trial and of the witnesses on the stand before Arias, Arias' testimony and anything after were lacking. The redirect, the rebuttal witnesses and then the portion of questions posed by the jury felt
Tara Marie
Apr 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
So first and foremost, Jodi Arias committed an unthinkable crime and deserves to be punished. However, this book should've been better. It was probably too much to ask the prosecutor to be objective in his retelling, but he could've saved himself from the sanctimonious retelling and the unprofessional pot-shots at the defense team. Jodi Arias and her numerous versions of the "truth" provided him with enough material, it truly was a cliff hanger. However, his personal views on the defense strateg ...more
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-read
This was a very details account of the trial from the view of the prosecutor. The book is not only detailed, but it's tasteful. There are photos, but it's obvious this book was created with respect to Travis Alexander and his family.

It's very interesting to compare the trial on tv with the book, it does add a bit more information. You get a sense of what really happened. And there is a bit of dry humor to the way he tells what happens. For example “Dworkin replied in what sounded like a worried
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Glad to finally hear what Juan Martinez' perspective of the case was, what he saw & dealt with during this case. I hate what happened to Travis Alexander, an innocent man that was defenseless in the shower and he must have went through hell during that relationship with Hodi and you can see he was crying inside & trying to get away from her and he did get away but she wouldn't leave him alone. Thank you Juan for everything that you have done for the Alexander's and being Travis' voice. P ...more
Mark Baker
Nothing untold in this book!

The book gets one star because I find it to be well written. And another star for the 5% of personal insight Martinez has offered. Other than this, the book is boring and offers nothing new. Every other book about this case was more interesting even Nurmi's .
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Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written book!

I watched the trial and already knew most of the details offered in the book, however it was interesting learning the prosecutor's strategy. At times during the trial I wondered why the prosecution's questions to Ms. Arias jumped around to different events, and now I understand why. It didn't give Ms. Arias the advantage of predicting the questions or the opportunity to fabricate more lies.

I thought the prosecutor's aggressive style was not only appropriate, but necessary
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book of the century

I chose to read Mr. Juan Martinez' book because I think he's a fine man, and an awesome prosecutor. He deserves kuddos for working so hard and being so diligent is getting a guilty verdict.

Mr. Martinez, if you ever read my review of your book, please know this, I thought you were awesome during the trial. I loved and admired your tenacity and your determination to get to the truth and expose a lying and very deceitful and very evil person. Your aggression towards her was noth
Erin Kelly
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
For those who followed the case closely, I didn't find much additional information to be learned here. The book focuses primarily on how the prosecutor tried the case, which is exactly what the book intended to do. So on that front, it succeeded. I just didn't find it as riveting as I would have hoped.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Page turner! I was living in Phoenix when the Arias trial was big news. It bogged down when the defense went on and on about sex. If it was intended for shock value, I think the jury had to be desensitized with so much coverage. I couldn't wait until the end when Martinez backed her into a corner. I will never look at a red gas can the same.
Juvy Marie
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
“At 1:48 P.M. the clerk of the court stood up with the verdict in hand. And, as the electric tension in the courtroom climbed to an even higher pitch, the clerk announced that the jury had found Jodi Ann Arias guilty of premeditated first-degree murder.”

I have watched most of the trials so I already knew that Arias was convicted of first-degree murder. What I didn't know was what Arias did after she killed Travis, I also didn't watch her interrogation video because it was so long. And reading
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was obsessed with this trial, and still follow the antics of Ms Arias, so,I was really looking forward to this book. Having read it, it is very well written, and although I didn't learn any new information, reading how things fell into place and the trial was pieced together was fascinating. A must read for trial followers.
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating account of all the behind-the-scenes happenings of this famous trial. That woman, the murderer is one of the worst kinds of persons I have ever heard about. Detective Martinez does a great work portraying her as the monster capable of the horrible crime she was punished for.

This is the book I read:

The book starts telling the story from the detective's viewpoint: he was called to a scene where police had made a shocking discovery: the decomposing body of a man that had been brutally m
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible-library
Best friend lent this to me through Audible and I only took a break from listening to it during sleep. The book is very well-written and while I knew the basics of this case listening to the story and having Martinez put everything together from crime, to arrest, to trial stages, and also explaining things was helpful in understanding what happened. I've started watching clips of the proceedings on YouTube but court can get boring at times and this helped speed things up.
Highly recommend.

Oh bu
Savanah Rae
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
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Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The subject matter is horrifying and titillating at turns, but the writing style is boring.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a riveting

read by a prosecuting attorney, who lived and breathed the Jodi Arias case. You can tell from the story that he must be a formidable prosecutor and to try the entire case alone, by choice, makes him an effective lawyer. One detail however was missing; after his ace in the hole (the three gas cans) I would have liked to read his summation of that part, I can't imagine that he didn't tie it in, because he kept it to himself and spoke of it often. So, I was waiting to hear how he
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I watched this case unfold on YouTube and now it was nice to go through the entire case and learn about what was going on in Juan's mind.
Jennifer Thompson-Thalasinos
This book was written by the prosecutor on the Jodi Arias case. I remember him from the trial being very hard and unforgiving. He definitely thinks Jodi is evil, but in the book he doesn't hold back about her victim Travis either. Pretty much any little disgusting detail you wanted to know is presented. What I realized is this affair was never going to end well. I'm fairly certain no matter what happened one or both of them were going to die, it just happened that Jodi acted first.
Bob Buice
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s the story behind the trial many watched live on TV in 2013. Jodi Arias met Travis Alexander at a convention in Vegas – they began to see each other frequently – a sexual relationship developed – Because Travis was Mormon, he kept his pre-marital sexual activity secret – Although Jody joined the Mormon Church, Travis had no intention of marrying her because of her sexual history - He wanted a nice Mormon virgin to be his future wife, but he kept Jodi as his “dirty little secret” – Travis was ...more
Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I listened to the audiobook version of Martinez's account of the Jodie Arias case/trial. Conviction was very explicit and often repetitive. I enjoyed the first half much better than the second. In the first half Martinez detailed his quest to put together the case against Arias (which didn't seem that hard...). This entailed a thorough description of the murder, the interviews Arias gave to police and Martinez's discovery of the infamous gas cans. The second half of the book chronicled the trial ...more
diane Wilcock
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Mr Martinez's book takes me back to the riveting case on TV, but with the inside story of why questions we're posed in the order asked. It also provides an insiders view of trial strategy. A compelling read. I remember the media questioning the prosecutor's style of questioning Jodi Arias with such ferocity, but after reading his account, it's quite clear. Thank God that reprehensible woman is behind bars for good!!!

Reading Mr. Martin's book takes me back to the riveting case on TV, but
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I obsessively watched this case on the news as it developed and throughout the trial, so I knew most of the story but was still interested as I listened to this book. It's scary to think that if they'd had less meticulous police work and a less dedicated prosecutor, Jodi Arias may have gotten away with her crime. I work in the criminal justice system and believe that the vast majority of criminals can be safely released back into society, particularly murderers. I don't feel that way about Jodi ...more
Rachel Kennedy
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
If you followed the trial closely, this book does not provide much further information beyond an additional crime scene photo I did not recall. The prosecutor does give you insight into his thoughts while investigating the case and preparing for trial, which is somewhat interesting; however, I did not find it of sufficient substance to justify a book. I also noted that the author refers to Kirk Nurmi as Laurence, which I found odd and/or disrespectful, since he does not go by that name. Finally, ...more
Aug 31, 2016 rated it did not like it
Boy, it's a good thing that Juan Martinez, who clearly thinks he is an outstanding prosecutor (the book should be called "Why I'm the Best Prosecutor in the World") handled this case. Not just anybody could have won a conviction against someone who accidentally took pictures of herself committing the murder and then left the camera at the crime scene. The self-righteous, self-aggrandizing, everyone-should-be-more-like-me tone of this entire book really spoiled what was a very interesting story a ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nothing like a trashy real life crime drama where the bad guy goes to jail, (I am assuming this is not a spoiler, considering the title of the book is conviction.).
Half Forensic Files, half Matlock, even though the 'criminal mastermind' is a bit underwhelming in the evil genius department. Its salacious and satisfying, especially if you didn't bother to follow it in the media. If you already know the whole story, you can probably skip it.
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