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Limitations Paperback – November 14, 2006
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Judge Mason and his colleagues must decide whether to affirm or reverse the lower court's ruling. Possible arguments for reversal are that the three-year statute of limitations passed before the case came to trial, and that the videotape, which was illegally shot and prejudicial in nature, should not have been admitted into evidence in the first place. Mason is perturbed, not only because the law is unclear, but also because he himself had been guilty of a sexual indiscretion back in college. He fears that his personal history may taint his ability to act impartially.
Mason has other worries, as well. His devoted wife, Patrice, is being treated for thyroid cancer, and an anonymous individual has been sending him a series of threatening messages.Read more ›
That reveal is hardly developed at all during the book, and doesn't come across as a legitimate twist so much as an almost completely disconnected surprise. A bit like a deus ex machina conclusion. And frankly, although admittedly perhaps somewhat shallow myself, I found myself scratching my head over the villain's motive. The author attempts to explain it through the protagonist's eyes, but the absence of previous groundwork makes the explanation murky and unsatisfying in my view. It's as though Mr. Turow started out with an incomplete storyboard, and changed his mind at the last minute.
Still, a pretty good read, where style compensates for diminished substance.
Now Turow is his own tough act to follow. The central question of this book, which inspires the inspired title, is about responsibility: Is a fifty-eight year old man responsible for the actions of his eighteen year old self? If not, then when did that responsibility expire? And to what extent can any human being to judge another? There has to be some limitations there, too, but how do we draw them?
Good questions, with more raised, but the characters are pleasantly dull and the plot is surprisingly slow, given the incendiary (and distasteful) subject matter: rape. I don't think Turow has ever outdone his debut novel, *Presumed Innocent,* and I can recommend that one without reservation -- even if you saw the movie. (It's really, really good if you haven't.)Get That Novel Written
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I'm rounding up about half a star.
This short novel weaves together two quite different crises in the life of an appellate judge: an external threat, and a profound... Read more
Complex but simple describes how to stop a runaway train -!: this books plot. Especially when looking in the rear window.Published 8 months ago by Clarke Green
This story focused on personalities of many of the characters as usual by Turow. The issues and the personal challenges were interesting but to thin in many places. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael S. Lichterman
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 12 months 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 14 months ago by Grady Palm Springs