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Juan Martinez, the fiery prosecutor who convicted notorious murderer 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 bated breath as Juan Martinez fought relentlessly to convict Jodi Arias of Murder One for viciously stabbing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander to death. What emerged was a story wrought with sex, manipulation, and deceit that stunned the public at every turn. Arias, always playing the wronged and innocent woman, changed her story continually as her bizarre behavior surrounding the crime and its aftermath came to light. Unwavering, Arias and her defense team continued to play off the salacious details of the case, until she was finally found guilty and - controversially - sentenced to life behind bars. 

Now, speaking openly for the first time, prosecutor Juan Martinez will unearth new details from the investigation that were never revealed at trial, exploring key facts from the case and the pieces of evidence he chose to keep close to the vest. Throughout the trials, his bullish and unfaltering prosecution strategy was both commended and criticized, and in his book, Martinez will illuminate the unique tactics he utilized in this case and how they lead to a successful conviction, and - for the first time - discuss how he felt losing the death penalty sentence he’d pursued for years. 

Going beyond the news reports, Martinez will explore the truth behind the multiple facades of Jodi Arias. Sparring with her from across the stand, Martinez came to know Arias like no one else could, dissecting what it took for a seemingly normal girl to become a deluded, cunning, and unrepentant murderer. 

With new stories from behind the scenes of the trial and Martinez’s own take on his defendant, the book takes you inside the mind of Jodi Arias like never before and is the definitive account of the case that shocked America.

©2016 Juan Martinez (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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BRILLIANT! 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A must listen/read!

If you have even a remote interest in the Jodi Arias case...the physcopath and true wild card that poor Travis Alexander crossed paths with...get this! Sadly, he didn't stand a chance with her calculated behaviour. I LOVE ANY BOOKS WRITTEN ABOUT THE ACTUAL TRIALS...BUT THIS WAS A FANTASTICALLY WRITTEN AND PERFECTLY CONVEYED by Juan Martinez, the strong prosecutor on the case and the man responsible for showing and proving who the REAL Jodi Arias is and ultimately putting her where she belongs! Juan did a magnificent job. Applause to him for showing her up for the MONSTER SHE IS!!! Definately worth the read. A top fav of mine and I've been studying, researching and reading true crime for 30 plus years!

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Good Book

I enjoyed this audio book quite a bit. was the first one I finished so that says something I suppose. This woman is something else!! master manipulator that's for sure. I didnt follow the case through the media to much so this gave me a good perspective.

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Very Insightful

so insightful into trials and the court of law, the narrator was amazing and the writing was really good. better than i expected. straight to the point and detailed, almost as if i was in the court witnessing.

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loved it!

this book was great! the narrator did an amazing job. the book was engaging from start to finish.

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The worst

The worst possible accused, and the worst display of calculated courtroom aggression by a lawyer.

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  • Dennis
  • 2016-02-22

Never Understood His Questioning Technique Before

I watched the whole trial and really miss In Session, TruTV is just garbage programming now.

This book has a lot of neat little details about the investigation and prosecution that I never knew before. I remember watching his cross examination of Arias thinking, "What the heck is he doing?"
I didn't understand why he would suddenly drop a line of questioning to pursuit another topic. He was absolutely right about doing that so she couldn't think ahead and make up excited for everything.
Good Book

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  • Caella Gregory
  • 2016-02-18

Wonderful

Juan Martinez invested countless hours formulating a strategy and an order for witnesses, questioning, and when to reveal information. His meticulous preparation for this trial was amazing to listen to. I finished listening to this book in two days. He's a fantastic prosecutor!

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  • Ashley
  • 2016-03-18

Loved it. Kept my attention through the entire book!

After listening to Serial and undisclosed podcasts I was looking for something similar. Who knew murder cases would be so appealing to me. 😕 haha But this book was well written and they picked the right person to read it.

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  • Ruth
  • 2016-02-28

Justice was served !

I enjoyed listening to this book, I had started with the hopes of learning something new re: the case, however it contained 98% of info that most of the public already knew, especially those of us who were vigilant in keeping up with the day to day during ,before ,and after trial. I absolutely love Juan and think he did a fantastic job of making sure Jodi would spend the rest of her pathetic life behind bars!!! Juan is the BEST !!

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  • Austinohio
  • 2016-02-28

Riveting! Impressive

Having followed the majority of the original trial of Jodi Arias, I felt I was familiar with the details and circumstances surrounding her case. However, this book fills in many of the gaps I obviously missed while emotionally absorbed in the spectacle of the trial as it unfolded in real time.

At that time, my thought was that Juan Martinez excelled in his approach to- and execution of - her prosecution. This was definitively confirmed while listening to his book, CONVICTION, via Audible. The details presented here by Mr. Martinez flesh out the multiple twists and turns of the actual event. His doggedness in the gathering of evidence, as well as his masterful ingenuity in developing the case against Jodi Arias, are impressive - satisfying for anyone who hoped for justice for Travis Alexander.

The crime was indeed heinous and HEARTBREAKING. The fact that Mr. Martinez personally devoted so many years to uncovering the truth is not only laudable but intensely HEARTWARMING.

In addition, Patrick Lawlor - whose voice sounds almost identical to Mr. Martinez - brought the circumstances and characters to life. His narration was flawless! I was riveted throughout the entire listening experience. both the book itself, and the performance are captivating. A+

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  • Erica
  • 2016-02-19

So excited for this

I got into the first trial on YouTube. I know have several books about this case. Our Friend Travis, Picture Perfect & Exposed. I couldn't wait to read Conviction. The minute it was available I bought the audio and kindle versions. It is a good book with great insight. My only complaint is I wanted to go more in depth when it came to Dr. Samuels and Alyce LaViolette. Especially AL as I had experience with what she says she is an expert on. Her blind faith and backward logic made me sick. I was looking forward to learning more about JMs take on both of these "experts." Other than that, I loved every minute.

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  • Colleen C.
  • 2016-08-30

Extremely interesting

This book was better than all the HLN and any news commentaries during trial. All my question were answered.

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  • Minot
  • 2016-02-29

Prosecutor's speak for victims.

As an avid watcher of the trial, I already knew most of the material. However it was very interesting to hear piece by piece how he put this cold blooded murderer in jail

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  • Julia
  • 2016-09-05

Compelling and factual.

Juan Martinez has written an excellent book. It reports this case as it unfolded together with everything that fell out of Jodi Arias’s mouth. However after reading this one has to ask oneself does Ms. Arias know the meaning of the word 'truth'. Without a doubt she is a pathological liar and totally without conscience. Her reaction to the penalty phase was shocking. Life in prison without the possibility of parole did not evoke even the slightest emotion! I think that most people with an ounce of remorse even if they felt that their actions were justified would have passed out!

The details of the crime are heart breaking and we hear them in all of their gruesome detail. The thought of parents, friends and family having to hear of that young man dying in such circumstances is totally beyond words. Mr. Martinez does, however find a way of sharing these details with us with great clarity and compassion.

Patrick Lawlor gives us a wonderful performance especially when it comes to reading the transcripts of telephone conversations between Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander. Much of which is very intimate. He could be reading the New York, NY Phone Directory, he is THAT professional.

A GREAT read.

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  • Lindsay mcGuinness
  • 2016-08-10

Good, but sad

Well told, factual without being too salacious. My heart breaks for Travis and his family, and all she put them through at the trial . A vile human being

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