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Title:
The burden of proof
Author:
Turow, Scott.
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Publication Information:
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, [1990]

©1990
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780374117344
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Late one spring afternoon, Alejandro Stern, the brilliant defense lawyer from Presumed Innocent, comes home from a business trip to find that Clara, his wife of thirty years, has committed suicide. In this book, Turow probes the character of this fascinating and complex man as Stern tries to uncover the truth about his wife's life.


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 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Criminal defense lawyer Alejandro ``Sandy'' Stern copes with his wife's suicide, his three grown children and a government investigation of his brother-in-law's successful brokerage house. ``Turow develops a complex, satisfying plot, steeped in law and finance, that turns perhaps too often on coincidence but remains utterly faithful to its deeply probed characters,'' said PW. $200,000 ad/promo. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Turow, author of Presumed Innocent (LJ 6/1/87), has produced something different with his second novel, but it's blessed with as much style and suspense as the earlier work. Lawyer Sandy Stern, of the previous novel, returns home to find his wife has committed suicide. Stern is currently involved in the defense of his brother-in-law, Dixon, who is accused of shady doings on the commodities market; also involved are Stern's daughter and her husband. When Stern learns that his dead wife had herpes, he is forced to conduct yet another investigation. Turow successfully conveys the richness and depth of the family relationships and the intricacies of the commodities case. He is in full control here, telling a long, engrossing story that unfolds with thoroughly satisfying results and is spiced with surprises. Highly recommended. BOMC selection; previewed in Prepub Alert LJ 2/1/90.--Robert H. Donahugh, formerly with Youngstown & Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.