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Personal injuries
Turow, Scott.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, [1999]

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731 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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A gripping, suspenseful, deeply satisfying new novel about corruption, deceit, and love. Robbie Feaver (pronounced "favor") is a charismatic personal injury lawyer with a high profile practice, a way with the ladies, and a beautiful wife (whom he loves), who is dying of an irreversible illness. He also has a secret bank account where he occasionally deposits funds that make their way into the pockets of the judges who decide Robbie's cases. Robbie is caught by the Feds, and, in exchange for leniency, agrees to "wear a wire" as he continues to try to fix decisions. The FBI agent assigned to supervise him goes by the alias of Evon Miller. She is lonely, uncomfortable in her skin, and impervious to Robbie's charms. And she carries secrets of her own. As the law tightens its net, Robbie's and Evon's stories converge thrillingly. Scott Turow takes us into, the world of greed and human failing he has made immortal in Presumed Innocent, The Burden of Proof, Pleading Guilty, and The Laws of Our Fathers, all published by FSG. He also shows us enduring love and quiet, unexpected heroism. Personal Injuries is Turow's most reverberant, most moving novel-a powerful drama of individuals trying to escape their characters.

Author Notes

Scott Turow is a writer and lawyer. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 12, 1949. He received a B.A. from Amherst College in 1970 and an M.A. from Stanford University in 1974. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago and served as a prosecutor in several corruption cases. Turow continues to work as an attorney.

He has written numerous novels including Presumed Innocent, The Burden of Proof, Pleading Guilty, The Laws of Our Fathers, Personal Injuries, Ordinary Heroes, Limitations, Innocent, and Identical. His non-fiction works include One L about his experience as a law student and Ultimate Punishment about the death penalty. He has won numerous awards including the Heartland Prize in 2003 for Reversible Errors, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2004 for Ultimate Punishment, and Time Magazine's Best Work of Fiction, 1999 for Personal Injuries. He will give a keynote speech at the National writer's Congress 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In his latest effort, Turow, known for his suspenseful courtroom dramas, such as Presumed Innocent (1987) and Burden of Proof (1990), is a little off his game. Kindle County Superior Court is rumored to be corrupt until personal-injury lawyer Robbie Feaver gets caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar by U.S. Attorney Stan Sennett. In exchange for a reduced sentence, assurance his law partner will not be prosecuted, and extra time to care for his dying wife, Robbie agrees to help expose the corruption that leads all the way up the legal ladder to Chief Judge Brendan Tuohey, who just happens to be uncle to Robbie's law partner. What follows are elaborate plans to secure evidence against judges, lawyers, and bagmen. To that end, Sennett brings in the FBI, and undercover agent Evon Miller poses as Robbie's paralegal to keep tabs on him. What is set up as a possible situational romance never makes it past lukewarm friendship due to Evon's sexual identity crisis. And that leads to the basic flaw with this novel--there isn't a main character really worthy of empathy, though Turow comes closest with Robbie. Stan Sennett's quest for justice crosses over the line from passion to egotistical self-righteousness, Evon's identity crisis is distracting, and Robbie, though likable, isn't very credible as a cocky, lying, cheating, womanizing lawyer who is also supposedly so devoted to his dying wife, sick mother, and clueless law partner that he risks his life to help bring down Tuohey. Turow has a great command of plot and suspense, and the ending makes the read worthwhile; however, it is the lack of strong, believable characters that keeps this novel from being great. --Carolyn Kubisz

Publisher's Weekly Review

Unlike most of his fellow lawyer-novelists, Turow has always been more interested in character than plot, and in Robbie Feaver, a lawyer on the make who ends up fighting for his life, he has created his richest and most compelling figure yet. For years, Robbie has been paying off judges and squirreling away part of the riches he earns as a highly successful trial lawyer. When the IRS happens upon the money trail, and a top prosecutor leans on him to turn state's evidence and finger some of the corrupt justices, Robbie calls on George Mason, veteran Kindle County lawyer, to represent him and win the best deal he can. A complicating element in the case is Evon Miller, Mormon-born FBI agent in deep undercover, who is assigned to watch Feaver and finds herself, against her better inclinations, drawn to himÄfor Feaver is a character of almost Shakespearean contradictions. A charming, brash womanizer who nevertheless shows superhuman reserves of love and patience to his dying wife at home, he is always several jumps ahead of the prosecutors, the FBI and the reader, winning sympathy, even admiration, where there should be none. This patient account is fascinatingly detailed in the ways of the law and the justice system, of how Robbie zeroes in on the biggest target of all, only to be trumped at the last moment. It is also a deeply understanding look, in its portrait of Evon, of the motives that drive a solitary woman into police work (Thomas Harris's Clarice seems shallow by comparison). There are some remarkable narrative strategiesÄTurow deftly alternates a first-person and omniscient-author point of view, for exampleÄbut readers will not be concerned with technical details, only with the rare revelation of a paradoxical personality so compelling he makes the very adroit plot almost superfluous. 750,000 first printing; $500,000 ad/promo; first serial to Playboy; BOMC main selection; QPB selection; 9-city author tour; paperback rights to Warner; simultaneous Random House audio. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

First published in 1999, Turow's (Identical) intricate story probes corruption on one side and duplicity all around. U.S. Attorney Stan Sennett enlists personal injury lawyer Robbie Feaver-going to prison for tax evasion being the alternative-as an informant in an FBI sting operation targeting Kindle County judges on the take, including the uncle of Feaver's law partner. Intervening years have rendered the surveillance technology less compelling, but other "Project Petros" elements-bogus legal firm, fabricated lawsuits, Feaver's undercover paralegal-contribute layers of intrigue and suspense. Though Turow initially sets the stage at a leisurely pace, Mark Bramhall's versatile, adept narration propels this twisty narrative-dramatic, if not outright thrilling-onward to a memorable finale. Verdict Recommended for fans of character-driven legal fiction. ["Densely packed and tightly constructed, this tangle of human relationships and legal machinations will have Turow fans burning the midnight oil," read the review of the Farrar hc, LJ 8/99.]-Linda Sappenfield, Round Rock P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.