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Personal Injuries (Scott Turow) Hardcover – October 7, 1999
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The novel begins with Robbie Feaver seeking counsel from the narrator, attorney George Mason. For years, Feaver has been bribing several judges in the Common Law Claims Division to win favorable judgments. Now that U.S. Attorney Stan Sennett has uncovered Feaver's dirty little secret, he wants to use Feaver to get at the man he believes to be at the center of all the legal corruption in the metropolitan area, Brendan Tuohey, Presiding Judge of Common Law Claims and heir apparent to the Chief Justice of Kindle County Superior Court. With Mason as an advisor, Robbie assists Sennett and his team of FBI undercover agents in crafting a massive sting operation that involves an FBI-manufactured lawyer named "James McManis," a cast of fictional clients, and "Evon Miller"--a deep cover agent (and former Olympic athlete)--who poses as Robbie's paralegal and paramour.
With a skill rarely found in genre fiction, Turow composes his narrative with variations on several recurring themes. The novel ripples with paranoia as the FBI enshrouds the legal community of Kindle County in a web of tapped phones, concealed cameras, and wired spies.
At the center of indirection sit Robbie and Evon. The pair dance through an elegant game of erotically-charged hide and seek: Robbie the practiced liar and former actor, and Evon, the agent whose whole life must remain a fiction if she is to survive. At their best, legal thrillers leave readers confronting the core of their values and perceptions of legal and moral rectitude. Personal Injuries is the legal thriller at its very best. --Patrick O'Kelley
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
As I read the book I kept waiting for something to happen until I realized that something was happening. I was watching an author create a cast of characters who peopled any room I read this book in. Exquisitely drawn and beautifully built as seen through the eyes of not the first person narrator but the main character Robbie Feaver (pronounced "favor" as he tells us).
Further, Turow's portrayal of ALS and its effect on family members as well as the victim is heartbreaking. Such sadness!
Turow also leads us into the dark world of witness protection, the FBI and the battle of jurisdiction, political ambition and political medelling, etc.
Well done, Mr. Turow. Some of us understood where you were going and what you were doing.
Turow provides such a detailed legal background that it almost overwhelms the reader. I can't help but think this book would have been stronger if it were a tad less overburdened by realistic details. Still, Turow does all his research and gives many readers a feel for the cruelest disease, ALS. The other villains and heroes are all interesting creations and well described. If you like intricate legal books, you won't be able to put this one down. You'll need to carry it around for awhile though to finish it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Turow is always a favorite. This is well written and fun to read.Published 27 days ago by Kathleen Key-Klar
I am a Scott Turow fan and I couldn't even finish this book. Seems like he dialed it in...lots of filler, too many characters and I finally gave up when I had read 75%. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Mayes
Amazing book. Reminds me alot of my lawyers. This a great read for anyone dealing with an injury due to the negligence of someone else. Read morePublished 4 months ago by brian127
I was sent this book by my cousin. After I started it, I could not put it down. This book deals with an Attorney caught up in a complex situation and a dying spouse to cPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
About half way through, and it is so slow I am discouraged to pick it back up.Published 6 months ago by Steve T Poston II
Incredibly tedious and at almost 600 pages, twice or thrice as long as a good attempt would have been. I love this genre, but this book makes me want to puke. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kerri K.