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Anatomy of a Murder Paperback – Deluxe Edition, July 14, 2005
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It arrived from Amazon with an artistic cover by Saul Bass and proved to be an intriguing read. This book will keep your interest and give you new inisghts into the legal system and human psychology. Recommended.
I think you will also be left dissatisfied with the motives of all the participants - it's not clear "justice" had much to do with it.
Down on his luck ex D.A. Paul "Polly" Biegler receives a call from Laura Manion, wife of U.S. Army Lieutenant Frederic Manion, pleading for help because she claims to have been raped and beaten by hotel and bar owner, Barney Quill. Her husband is in jail for walking into Quill's barroom and killing him by shooting him several times. Laura wants Polly to speak to her husband. Polly does, and agrees to take the case to defend him. Polly enlists the help of my favorite character, Parnell McCarthy, an older lawyer who drinks and rarely has a case now. He is full of wonderful quotes, loves the law and works the law books for Polly like a young man.
Polly and Parnell face a prosecution team made up of the new D.A. Mitch Lodwick and hotshot state attorney Claude Dancer. The courtroom drama that is laid out in the book is tense and never a sure thing. Expert witnesses battle it out and provide some humour amidst the tension and suspense of the trial.
All of this takes place in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan amidst pristine forests that attract tourists to Barney Quill's hotel and bar. Descriptions of the area and Polly's fishing trips are a nice addition to this wonderful book that shot to the top of bestseller lists when it was first released and was also made into a movie.
Most of the book, except for the beginning third, I'd say, is the story of the trial and a good look into the lives and minds of the characters. By the end of the book I felt that I knew them well.
A wonderful book that I highly recommend and that should be on those lists of "Books to Read Before You Die."
A wonderful look into the law-honed mind of an attorney who is taxed to the limit to pit his own knowledge and experience against an adversary who has no doubt that he's superior....and finds the 'hick lawyer' rises to the occasion in a tooth-and-nail battle that surprises everyone.
The story was very well written, with beautiful phasing and the excellent quality of the written word. Understandable, a Pulitzer prize-winning novel.
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The story is cleverl plotted, and an interesting period piece, but it's easier to watch the classic film because the sexism is appalling in...Read more
both the prosecution and defense lawyers.