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The Burden of Proof Mass Market Paperback – April 5, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is more like a novel with very developed, deep characters, who have very complicated issues, all of which are essential to the story. It's a novel about the lead character, Sandy Stern, who happens to be a lawyer, and who does get entangled in a legal mess as the result of his wife's suicide, but the legal tangle and it's solution is not really the point. The major theme of the novel seems to be that appearances are deceiving, that people within the same family often work at cross purposes, and that even what seems to be direct communication can be totally misinterpreted. Sandy Stern is deceptive and deceiving, and so are all his family, friends and aquaintances. As he uncovers secret after secret he realizes how his life and everyone in it is largely a reflection of his own behavior.
Turow is a much better and deeper writer than others in the "legal thriller" genre he's lumped in with.
Sandy Stern has to cope with losing his wife who has committed suicide. How does a middle aged man make his way through this tragedy? How does a reserved, formal lawyer re-enter the world as a single man? How does he manage to legally represent his adventuresome, risk taking brother-in-law? These are a few of the challenges he faces.
Yes it is a mystery; a double one in fact. One sub-plot involves the federal investigation of his brother-in-law for some questionable futures trading. Some readers may find this less interesting than the typical legal thriller where the protagonist is faced with defending a suspected murderer (as in Turow's "Presumed Innocent"). The other sub-plot concerns a medical mystery surrounding the death of Stern's wife.
This is not a book for lovers of heart pounding, action thrillers. It is a story where you savor the quality of the writing; where you enjoy the development of the characters, and where you take pleasure in the scenes and setting of the story.
One complaint I've come across in reviews of various books is the comment that the author could have told the same story in less than half the actual pages.Read more ›
"Burden" has Scott Turow's great prose and obsessive character dissection, but it's not as enveloping a book as "Presumed Innocent". The sense of an underlying secret isn't as enticing as the murder investigation in the earlier book, and the characters don't grab you as well either. Most annoying is Stern whose silver-tongued erudition was cute when he was a supporting character in the older book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So engaging. Must read the entire Kindle County series - now with 9 books!Published 19 days ago by coveyduck
this is not a "legal thriller," nor is it even much of a mystery. it is a meandering, turgid description of a lot of characters with obsessive sex lives. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Zangiku
This book had a really good plot with a slightly surprising end. However the tale was spoilt by an over-indulgence of character analysis that padded out the content to double the... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Bruce Sydney Kennedy
This book is Interesting if you like lawyer stories. It is interesting and has a lot of suspense but it got a little boring for me with all of the law discussion.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am looking forward to reading the entire series in order. Two down. Now on to download book number three!Published 5 months ago by Kathlee O'Sullivan
I found the novel slow-moving and somewhat convoluted. One with greater experience with financial matters might have found it more enjoyablePublished 5 months ago by John McMahon