The Laws of our Fathers

Scott Turow

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A drive-by shooting of an aging white woman at a gang-plagued Kindle County housing project sets in motion Scott Turow's intensely absorbing novel. With its riveting suspense and idelibly drawn characters, The Laws of our Fathers shows why Turow is not only the master of the modern legal thriller but also one of America's most engaging and satisfying novelists.


Praise for The Laws of our Fathers

"Spectacularly worth the wait... Turow's grasp of the revolutionary fervor of the '60s and how it has later calmed into rueful, if still compassionate, acceptance, is masterly."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"The undisputed king of contemporary legal intrigue ... offers a sumptuous triple-decker."
--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Turow's most ambitious novel yet."
--The New York Times

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Fiction Review: Laws of Our Fathers by Scott Turow / Author Warner Books Inc $26.95 (817p) ISBN 978-0-374-18423-0
Unlike some of his fellow lawyers-turned-novelists, Turow takes his time with his books: one every three years since Presumed Innocent. This time it has been spectacularly worth the wait. Laws of Our
- Publishers Weekly
THE LAWS OF OUR FATHERS by Scott Turow | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE LAWS OF OUR FATHERS . The undisputed king of contemporary legal intrigue (Pleading Guilty, 1993, etc.) offers a sumptuous triple-decker tracing the tangled roots of an apparently accidental murder back 25 years.
- Kirkus Reviews

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  • Scott Turow is the author of worldwide bestselling novels including Presumed Innocent, Innocent, Ordinary Heroes, The Burden of Proof, Reversible Errors and Limitations. His works of nonfiction include One L, his journal from his first year at law school, and Ultimate Punishment, which he wrote after serving on the Illinois commission that investigated the administration of the death penalty and influenced Governor George Ryan’s unprecedented commutation of the sentences of 164 death row inmates on his last day in office. Ultimate Punishment won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives outside Chicago, where he is partner in the firm of SNR Denton (formerly Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal).
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The Laws of our Fathers

Scott Turow