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Personal Injuries (Hardcover)

Author:  Scott Turow
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0374281947
ISBN-13: 9780374281946
Sku: 30486395
Publish Date: 9/28/1999
Pages:  403
Age Range:  NA
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He knew it was wrong, and that he was going to get caught. He said he knew this day was coming. (from the first line)
Turow reveals new sides of Kindle County, the world of greed and human failing he has made immortal in "Presumed Innocent" and other titles. "Personal Injuries" is his most reverberant, most moving novel--a powerful drama of individuals trying to escape their characters.
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Turow reveals new sides of Kindle County, the world of greed and human failing he has made immortal in "Presumed Innocent" and other titles. "Personal Injuries" is his most reverberant, most moving novel--a powerful drama of individuals trying to escape their characters.Robbie Feaver (pronounced "favor") is a successful personal injury lawyer with a burgeoning practice, a way with the ladies, and a beautiful wife (whom he loves) 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 apprehended, 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.
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When the FBI nabs Robbie Feaver, a failed actor turned philandering lawyer who has been paying off various Kindle County judges to rule in his favor, Robbie's life is placed on the bargaining table. In order to dodge the consequences, he must use his dramatic flair to blackmail the judges into testifying against the man the Feds are really after: Brendan Tuohey, presiding judge of the superior court's common law claims division. But even more complications reside outside the courtroom. Robbie, though known for giving in to extramarital temptations, is grieving the slow demise of his beloved wife, who is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. Meanwhile, Robbie's best friend's (who happens to be Tuohey's nephew) involvement in the conspiracy is causing him to question his decision to save his own skin. Danger abounds in this legal thriller, as do probing observations of legal ethics and the moral issues surrounding undercover work. An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 1999.
Author Bio
Scott Turow
Scott Turow is one of the most prominent and influential writers in the genre of legal thrillers. A very successful lawyer, he has maintained a career as an attorney while writing roughly one book every three years. Many of his books have topped bestsellers lists, including his 1987 debut novel, PRESUMED INNOCENT, and the much anticipated sequel published in 2010, INNOCENT. Other popular novels include PERSONAL INJURIES and BURDEN OF PROOF, which was adapted as a television mini series. He has also published several works of non-fiction, including ONE L, his first-hand account of the notoriously terrible first year of law school, as well as short pieces for magazines and newspapers.||Born in Chicago, Turow graduated from Amherst College before moving to the west coast to study creative writing at Stanford University. A few years after finishing at Stanford, Turow enrolled in Harvard Law School, graduating in 1978 and going to work as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago. A partner at a Chicago firm, Turow balances his legal and writing careers with charitable and pro bono work, such as serving on boards and playing in a for-charity rock band with other writers. His writing has received critical acclaim--including the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and Time Magazine's Best Work of Fiction award. Turow married the painter Annette Weisberg in 1971, has three children, and lives near Chicago.

Praise

Wall Street Journal
"...[A] textured examination of human nature as well as an entertaining tale of American justice." - Nicholas Kulish 10/01/1999

Washington Post Book World
"...[T]his novel has the ring of authenticity. It blends widespread graft, a spidery villain insulated at the heart of a complex web, suffering, murder, suicide and also a measure of humor into a narrative that proceeds with the inevitability--and the surprises--of real life....[PERSONAL INJURIES is] an absorbing crime novel, perhaps Turow's best." - Dennis Drabelle 10/03/1999

New York Times Book Review
"In [Turow's] five legal thrillers, he has set new standards for the genre, most notably in the depth and subtlety of his characterizations. And Robbie Feaver may be his most inspired creation yet--a slick, mercurial, big-hearted con artist, as flawed yet somehow as noble as those tragic figures he never got to play on stage." - Gary Krist 10/24/1999

Chicago Tribune Books
"In his beautifully realized new novel, PERSONAL INJURIES, Scott Turow not only knows what his readers want, he delivers just about perfectly....Turow slices hard-boiled dialogue into his moral travails as well as anyone writing now....His sense of the human comedy is laced with tragedy. Not a pretty picture, but a true one." - Todd Gitlin 09/26/1999

Los Angeles Times Book Review
"In this beautifully realized book--a book, one might say, Turow was born to write--characters in opposition can evoke almost equal reader sympathy....Written in a flowing prose by turns reflective and riveting, dancing with vivid scenes and indelible moments, PERSONAL INJURIES is finally as much about human attempts at love as it is about the enforcement of law." - Tom Nolan 10/10/1999

Entertainment Weekly
"Legal fiction has turned depressingly formulaic and melodramatic lately, but Scott Turow's just gets richer and smarter. Funnier, too. PERSONAL INJURIES is the best work of his career." - Tom De Haven 10/08/1999

Literary Review
"Turow's style is rich and reflective, his characterization subtle, his prose chewy and flavoursome. No trace of gristle though; what's on offer is a prime cut of first-class fiction....In fluent mid-career, this is the best book Turow has written." - Philip Oakes November 1999

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0403
Product attributePublisher:   Farrar Straus Giroux
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