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The latest offering from legal thriller master Turow began life as a serial story in the Sunday New York Times Magazine and won't be mistaken, even by devoted fans, for his finest work. As with his previous novels, the action centers on the fictional Kindle County in Illinois, and he revives some familiar characters, including George Mason from Personal Injuries and Rusty Sabich, the hero of his acclaimed fiction debut, Presumed Innocent. Mason is now an appellate judge, faced with the challenge of crafting the decision in a high-profile case involving a sexual assault that reawakens his long-suppressed guilt over his role in a similar incident decades before. To compound his inner turmoil, Mason finds himself the object of threatening e-mails from an unknown source. While Turow's writing is assured as ever, the plot and the legal dilemmas interwoven into it aren't up to his usual high standards, and whodunit fans who loved the brilliant twist that highlighted his debut are likely to be disappointed by the mystery's resolution. (Nov.)
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This slim volume appeared in the New York Times as a magazine serial in 2006. Although some new material has been added, it still lacks the heft and depth of a full-fledged Turow novel. Even as a novella, it's top-heavy with legal procedure and courtroom scheduling minutiae that would better fit the scope and pacing of a much longer work. However, even Turow Lite delivers a fairly good read. Former criminal defense attorney George Mason (readers will recognize him, as well as the Kindle County setting, from Personal Injuries, 1999) has been comfortably ensconced for almost a decade as a judge on the Court of Appeals. But a case is resurrected that disturbs him in ways that are both perfectly explicable and unfathomable to him. In 1999, four high-school ice-hockey players, all white, videotaped their gang rape of a drugged 15-year-old black girl at a party. The videotape didn't come to light until 2003; a conviction followed, which is now under appeal. The case is horrific in itself; it becomes more frightening to Mason as long-buried shards from his past start troubling him. Add to this a psychotic who keeps threatening him and the fact that his wife has been diagnosed with cancer, and you have one very fragile judge. An intriguing premise, buried under legal procedure that seems tacked on. Connie Fletcher
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Scott Turow's success seems to rest in the fact that he knows the law and those that practice it. In his mythical county, very similar to Chicago, we get to meet real people caught... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nick Carroway
Interesting legal questions
I look forward to the next Turow legal novel.
I believe I have read them all
I almost didn't read this book because of the poor reviews. But I really needed a "Turow Fix", having had such great reads from him before. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Grady Palm Springs
Turow is at his best in this tightly woven tale within at least two more tales. The prose is elegant; the characters real and the pace just right. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Karen Miller
A big disappointment because I have loved Scott Turow's novels in the past. Very boring and slow moving -- I had to lay it aside, and I am a person who always finishes books.Published 5 months ago by Alice Berry
Scott Turow is noted as a writer of modern legal thrillers. In Limitations the plot centers on appellate judge George Mason. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Martin