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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,042 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Turow Narrator: J. R. Horne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kindle County Series Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9780739301173
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Rommy “Squirrel” Gandolph is a Yellow Man, an inmate on death row for a 1991 triple murder in Kindle County. His slow progress toward certain execution is nearing completion when Arthur Raven, a corporate lawyer who is Rommy’s reluctant court-appointed representative, receives word that another inmate may have new evidence that will exonerate Gandolph.

Arthur's opponent in the case is Muriel Wynn, Kindle County’s formidable chief deputy prosecuting attorney, who is considering a run for her boss’s job. Muriel and Larry Starczek, the original detective on the case, don't want to see Rommy escape a fate they long ago determined he deserved, for a host of reasons. Further complicating the situation is the fact that Gillian Sullivan, the judge who originally found Rommy guilty, is only recently out of prison herself, having served time for taking bribes.

Scott Turow’s compelling, multi-dimensional characters take the reader into Kindle County’s parallel yet intersecting worlds of police and small-time crooks, airline executives, and sophisticated scammers—and lawyers of all stripes. No other writer offers such a convincing true-to-life picture of how the law and life interact, or such a profound understanding of what is at stake—personally, professionally, and morally—when the state holds the power to end a man’s life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No one on the contemporary scene writes better mystery-suspense novels than Scott Turow.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “You won’t easily forget the soul-destroying atmosphere of the first prison visit…You’ll recall the intensity of the love scenes…You’ll remember the strange parallels between the characters’ lives, and the way the discovery of those parallels causes these people to act with more or less empathy toward their fellow human beings. And you’ll carry all these feelings away with you for days or maybe even weeks after you’ve [finished]—which is not, I think, something that could be said of the normal courtroom thriller.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “When Scott Turow writes about a milieu, he knows whereof he speaks. You know he made it up, but you also know it’s real.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Turow brings a literary sensibility to a grit-and-gravel genre: if he calls to mind any comparison, it’s to John le Carré. His novels are shaped by [a] studied bleakness, an introspect’s embrace of the gray-zone ambiguities of modern life.”

    Boston Sunday Globe

  • “Breathtaking…[Turow’s] most affecting…Timeless and contemporary…It’s one thing for Turow to have the talent to construct a complex, compelling plot with the twists and turns of successful suspense fiction. Reversible Errors can stand on its own as a smart, believable courtroom thriller. It’s another for him to bring a literary novelist’s sense of how the heart works and what it wants.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (a Best Book of 2002)

  • “Gripping…Turow’s characters are multilayered individuals, portrayed with insight and care.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “The thinking man’s John Grisham regularly turns out polished yet compelling legal thrillers…A wonderful stylist, literate and fluid, and his characters are always believable, frequently memorable. Then, there is the singular pleasure of immersing yourself in Kindle County and encountering characters from previous novels…There’s no such thing as a bad Scott Turow novel.”

    Newsday

  • “A complex tapestry of rich characters…Reversible Errors shows Scott Turow’s growing mastery.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “It’s nice to know that old-fashioned courtroom drama about murder can still stir the blood…A sleek legal romp wrapped in stylish prose, and it makes a good case for Turow’s primacy in the world of legal thrillers.”

    Denver Post

  • “‘The Bard of the Litigious Age,’ as Time magazine dubbed him, returns in fine form with Reversible Errors…The drama is richly textured…The prose displays a high-toned polish…This one stands above the rest.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Satisfying…He creates complex, fully adult characters…goes deep, way below the surface most writers who focus on the law settle for.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “Captures that rare balance between accurate legal details and arresting plot development…Skillfully weaves past and present…But Turow’s real strength lies behind the story, as he develops the protagonists into real people.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Turow keeps Raven sweating, the prosecutors counterpunching, and the tables turning until the [end]. Along the way, Turow shows off his insider’s grasp of law and order that has made bestsellers of his last five novels.”

    People

  • “An intriguing exploration of a hot topic: the death penalty…It’s another showcase for Turow’s rare trove of writer’s gifts: his vivid dialogue, distinctive voice, command of the language, intelligence, and insight. A Turow novel is always a joy…A new Turow novel is an event.”

    Buffalo News

  • “A solid success…Well-drawn characters carry Turow’s latest…A good legal novel that take on both the death penalty and the nature of love.”

    Providence Journal

  • “Turow’s characters are complex, his story is told with skill and intelligence, and his knowledge of the law is endlessly revealing. Many other lawyers have written novels since he led the way with Presumed Innocent in 1987, but they can’t carry his briefcase…Turow outclasses them all.”

    Arizona Republic

  • “Criminally entertaining…Delivers the goods…Memorable characters…Satisfying complexity…A compelling story.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “The world’s preeminent legal novelist proves once again why his grasp of the moral dimensions of legal problems sets the gold standard for the genre…A deeply satisfying novel about deeply human people.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Turow’s work once again extends beyond the genre he helped create.”

    Library Journal

  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2002
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2002 Los Angeles Times Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2002 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clifford | 2/15/2014

    " An intense story with several characters and plots well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 2/15/2014

    " Typically good Turow. Very compelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan Piette | 2/14/2014

    " Lawyers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 2/9/2014

    " Extremely well-written, smooth reading book. Turow never disappoints. By about chapter 3 it dawned on me that I'd actually read this book before. But, it was so engaging (and I had forgotten most of the plot and character details) that I decided to continue with it. A good, solid read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy | 2/6/2014

    " Liked the characters, but just couldn't get into the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charisa Flaherty | 1/27/2014

    " Great book. Interesting plot, good action. The two romances in there were kind of unecessary for the overall story but did add some relief to the overall tension. The characters were really well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 1/23/2014

    " "Intriguing and intricate legal tale intertwined with 2 love stories, spanning 10 years. Arthur Raven is assigned a pro-bono case to prove the innocence of Squirrel Gandolf, on death row. Told in flashbacks and present tense." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 1/16/2014

    " i have been reading this book for 3 years. i read a chapter, walk away, read a page or 2, get a phone call, etc. it's not been able to capture my attention. i am determined to finish it this month though. I will not turn 30 before finishing this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 1/3/2014

    " The trials of "Squirrel" Gandolph an inmate on death row for a triple murder in Kindle County and the lawyers and judges involved in this case. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/2/2014

    " Good solid legal thriller with death penalty theme and and a few surprises. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Ennis | 11/12/2013

    " Complex, chewy, real characters and genuine surprises. Terrific audiobook! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holley Cassell | 11/3/2013

    " Scott Turow gets me through my time on the treadmill, and helps remind me that the pursuit of law can be entertaining (even if it's only in fiction). O.K.? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 9/29/2013

    " Great story with good twists, terrific characters, learned a lot of law; 553 pages is a bit long for a "fun read" - I feel I should get some law school credits. Still, glad I finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette Barfield | 7/3/2013

    " I really enjoy reading Turow's work. Never fails to hold my interest. I'm ready for another one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 4/21/2013

    " I listened to this book from audible. I liked it and will look for more of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Fiandaca | 4/7/2013

    " Took a little while to sort things out but got really good towards end though a bit fantastic.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 3/5/2013

    " My first legal thriller. It is about the appeals on a capital murder case and is full of twists and turns. Certainly helped having a lawyer in the family so that I understood what they were talking about. Fun read, but not really my genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JRK Rao | 2/27/2013

    " This was a great read and a real page turner - like most of Scott Turow's books. But don't analyze the plot too closely. There are far too many coincidences and implausibilities that simply do not hang true. Enjoy the read and forget credibility! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seymour Zager | 5/18/2012

    " Good book, nice read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 11/17/2011

    " just a generic, overly long, legal thriller "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John N Becky Bartholomew | 10/12/2011

    " Turow is the best legal mystery writer in the U.S. IMO. Great stuff! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 7/26/2011

    " This is not as exciting as some of Turrow's other books, but it's Turrow, and he is a good writer so I'm always going to read his stuff. This one has two plots - man on death row with final appeal, prosecutor and cop who were on the case 10 years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heisenberg185 | 7/7/2011

    " Not as enjoyable as some of Turow's other Kindle County books, but it pulls you along. Worth the time if you enjoy the legal suspense type novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 2/18/2011

    " This was a fairly decent read. I remember enjoying it at the time I was reading it, unfortunately I can't recall much about it, so it's also very forgettable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bettycindy | 1/27/2011

    " Ok. Not as good as his others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhod | 11/26/2010

    " Turow is clearly in love with the law and legal profession. I find some of the details make the story drag on and become a lot less enjoyable, so I doubt I will tackle more Scott Turow books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glory | 10/24/2010

    " Reading two books concurrently with similar titles. Love to be confused. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clifford | 9/23/2010

    " An intense story with several characters and plots well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J. | 7/16/2010

    " This book by Scott Turow is a very readable book with some twists and turns in it. It is not always the most exciting for me but it is a good read for the mystery buff.

    J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natu4ral Man, and the 'Isms'" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/7/2010

    " nice law teaser for the brain "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck | 4/20/2010

    " A simple, plodding lawyer takes on the case of a convicted multiple
    murderer who now claims "I didn't do it." Good story.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 4/14/2010

    " Extremely well-written, smooth reading book. Turow never disappoints. By about chapter 3 it dawned on me that I'd actually read this book before. But, it was so engaging (and I had forgotten most of the plot and character details) that I decided to continue with it. A good, solid read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff | 3/21/2010

    " Don't really remember much about this one. Don't remember if I liked it or didn't like it. "

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About the Author
Author Scott Turow

Scott Turow is a practicing attorney and the author of many novels, as well as nonfiction works such as One L and Ultimate Punishment. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, Playboy and the Atlantic. Turow’s books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Time magazine’s Best Work of Fiction. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, sold more than twenty-five million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries. Turow graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978 with top honors, was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, and served as president of the Authors Guild. He lives outside of Chicago.

About the Narrator

J. R. Horne is an actor, known for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Burn after Reading, and Die Hard: With a Vengeance. His audiobook narrations have earned two AudioFile Earphones Awards.