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Book Title: La Legge Dei Padri|
The author of the book: Scott Turow
Edition: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.a.
Date of issue: January 1998
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After about fifty pages, I was tempted to give up on this book, but I stuck it out and really enjoyed it by the end. The basic story is that a new judge (who I guess was a character in an earlier Turow novel) finds herself with a murder-for-hire case in which the defendant was once a little neighbor boy who her boyfriend used to babysit, and all of the important figures from her 1969-1970 life come back to haunt her 1995 existence. The problem with the opening chapters is that Turow tries to write phonetically in a street gang dialect that sounds like "what a white lawyer thinks poor black people sound like." Even if his phrasings are accurate, he really shouldn't be the one to write them. When his narrative leaves the 1995 projects, it wanders to 1969 self-indulgent revolutionary Bay Area territory, though, and without any compelling motion to the plot in that thread, it read like the hypocritical Baby Boomer nostalgia that I have pushed against in adolescent rebellion since I was 22 or so.
Once the 1995 trial begins, though, everything gets significantly better. The defense attorney plays some consistently dirty tricks that are wild enough to get my attention (and I'm a public defender) but restrained enough to be believable. The testimony unfolds with plenty of little surprises, and even the flashback chapters start to get ominous and intriguing. The story still suffers when Turow develops his emotionally distant main characters, but the plot itself is enough to keep me reading. Turow leaves things with an intentionally unsatisfying ending, I think with plenty of loose ends to connect to the way the revolutionary movements of the 1960s have left so many unsatisfying loose ends, and it really works for me, as do the eulogies that bring up the Abraham/Isaac story as a way to unite the various father/son stories that Turow had been weaving through his narrative.
This is certainly not an essential read, probably not even for a Turow fan, but if you can find a cheap copy at a used book store, and you work in the criminal justice system, and you're kind of disappointed in the philosophical/spiritual state of the Baby Boomers since 1990, The Laws of Our Fathers is worth taking a couple of days to read.
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Read information about the authorScott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, including IDENTICAL, INNOCENT, PRESUMED INNOCENT, and THE BURDEN OF PROOF, and two nonfiction books, including ONE L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.
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