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Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars Hardcover – Feb 16 2016

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (Feb. 16 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006244428X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062444288
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prosecutor Juan Martinez takes you inside the case that captivated a nation

Over the course of five years, America watched as Arizona prosecutor Juan Martinez relentlessly battled to convict Jodi Arias for the vicious murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. The salacious case wrought with sex, manipulation, and deceit rocked the nation as the prosecution exposed shocking evidence of how Arias planned and executed the crime, building an irrefutable case that would result in a guilty verdict and a controversial life sentence.

Now, speaking openly for the first time, Martinez shares the inside story of his tireless work to put Jodi Ann Arias behind bars. Beginning in the hours immediately following the discovery of Travis’ body, Conviction examines every aspect of Martinez’ case, showing how over the course of five years his prosecution came together one piece at a time, and revealing how, almost from the very start, it seemed Arias believed she could get away with murder. 

Going inside the case files, Martinez chronicles the truth behind the multiple facades of Jodi Arias—a killer who played the victim with incredible skill, but was capable of unspeakable violence. Shedding light on the never-before-told story behind the most damning piece of evidence against Arias—the gas cans—Martinez recounts how he learned of their existence as well as the lengths he went to in order to ensure that they remained a secret from the public until precisely the right time.

Addressing his critics and supporters alike, Martinez also details his approach during the trial, describing how his much-criticized cross-examination of Arias was actually a highly deliberate and carefully crafted strategy designed to keep a deceitful woman from becoming too comfortable on the witness stand.

Complete with never-before-publicized evidence from the case and sixteen pages of photos, Conviction is the definitive account of the case that shocked America.

I couldn’t help but think Travis must have suffered greatly. I’d seen a lot of crime scenes since I’d joined the homicide unit, and this one spoke to an overkill. This murder seemed so methodical that I didn’t think it was a crime of passion. It seemed less angry and more purposeful. Only later would I find out just how goal-oriented the murderer had truly been; as it turned out, Travis had been killed three times over . . .

My eyes moved slowly around the bathroom one more time. I knew that it would be memorialized in photos and diagrams and that the whole room would be cataloged and measured. I would revisit this disturbing locale many times in the future through the photographs taken and the reports yet to be written, but I wanted to preserve as much as I could in my mind, so that wherever the investigation led I wouldn’t forget the bloody scene now in front of me.

—from Conviction

About the Author

Juan Martinez began working for the Maricopa County Attorney’s office in 1988. In his twenty-seven-year career with the office, he has spent nineteen years prosecuting homicide cases. Some of his most noteworthy cases include Arizona v. Wendi Andriano, who was convicted of first-degree murder and was the first woman sentenced to death by a jury in Arizona; Arizona v. Scott Falater, which was noted for the use of sleepwalking as a defense to the murder of his wife; Arizona v. Loren Wade, in which an Arizona State University football player was convicted of the shooting murder of an ex-ASU football player; and Arizona v. Rick Wayne Valentini, which resulted in a conviction for murder even though the victim’s body was never found.


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I got the online version. Its okay, there is a lot of typo's in the book. But this is definitely a good read. Price is pretty steep in CAD. So go with the online version. There are only a few things I didn't know that are in this book. I applaud Juan for waiting with the info about the gas cans. That was a smart move on his part. He portrayed Arias exactly. A cold blooded, psychopathic killer who planned TA's murder carefully. Had she not left the camera at the scene, its highly doubtful she would have been convicted, let a lone arrested. But you see, God works in wonderful ways. She was arrested, she was found guilty, and she was sentenced to life in prison. Did she deserve the dp? Yes, she did. Only, one juror refused to do her job, and she ended up with NLWP (natural life without parole) This is a fantastic read from a wonderful prosecutor who cared, and was representing TA, and his family, and he got justice for TA. Let's hope that JA never sees the free world again, and that her pathetic attempts to win an appeal are not successful. Should they be, she will likely commit another murder.
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Bravo Mr. Martinez! It has been a very long time since I have enjoyed reading a book as much as I have reading "Convicted". I find it so very interesting as I am like so many,.yes I am 1 of the hundreds of thousands of people worldwide that followed the case of the most vile, evil, pathological lying murderer of recent time being brought to justice by the talented and captivating prosecutor. When I stop and think of all the hundreds if not a thousand hours I spent reading and watching and waiting and waiting for justice to prevail is truly mind boggling yet still absolutely nothing compared to all the Alexander family and friends endured. I still found myself unable to put this book down as page by page Juan shares his perspective as the case unfolds. This book answers any question you might have and you will understand the detail of each process and know why evidence could or could not be shared, if shared then when, from the infamous "letters" to the 3rd gas can. It feels like the closure needed. I have always felt that a lesser man or woman would not have succeeded in putting her where she belongs, behind bars for what I hope will be her natural life and this book proves it. Well done Juan, thankfully you are meticulous in all you do whether in or about the court room. I have read every book written on her and this is definitely the BEST!
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I am almost finished reading this book. Jodi Arias absolutely sickens me. I see right through her. She really projected Travis good qualities onto herself while pretending to be a victim. O..j Simpson used the Race card and Jodi Arias used the victim card. She really had Travis "bamboozled" for only a certain time, then when he started seeing her as she really was, she would manipulate him to death, And, that is exactly what she did! This waste of skin should undoubtedly have gotten the death penalty. She will NEVER be or get better. I have much respect for Juan Martinez's work and his dedication to getting the truth out even though the Jury was "Bamboozled" by her too. She is a waste of taxpayers money to keep alive.
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A wonderful, well written review of the trial for the murderer of Travis Alexander. Mr. Martinez tells how he reached his decision as to which witnesses he would call, what information he needs to present and how to best present it. I look forward to (hopefully) reading more of his books.
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Since I followed this case, I was interested in reading the book. It was interesting to follow the case again. There were a few things added to the book that were not entered into the court case, but much of it was the same. It might be a good book for someone in the law course at university to see just how crafty Juan was in presenting the facts and when he presented them. He knows his job and does it well.
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As someone who followed this case from the very beginning, I enjoyed reading the behind the scene story. Jodi Arias deserves every punishment she has received and am so glad that Juan Martinez was the prosecutor.
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A must-read for every Juan Martinez fan or true crime aficionado.
Fascinating insight into how Martinez planned & strategized for the trial of pathological liar & murderer Jodi Arias.
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Very fortunate to have Top Prosecutor Juan Martinez's book in my library. Very well written and highly recommended. Godspeed Juan Martinez.
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