The Laws of Our
Fathers, Scott Turow’s most powerful novel to date, opens with a drive-by shooting
in one of Kindle County’s most notorious drug-plagued housing projects. The
victim is an aging white woman who has never been seen there before, and within
days her son, Nile Eddgar, a probation officer, is charged in connection with
the crime. Just like that the reader falls once more under the hypnotic spell
that only Scott Turow can cast.
Nile’s trial is presided over, and narrated by, judge Sonia “Sonny”
Klonsky, whom Turow’s fans will remember from his second novel,The Burden of
Proof. The trial brings together a vivid cast of characters from Sonny’s
student years during the turbulent ‘60s, among them Nile’s father, Loyell
Eddgar, once a leading campus revolutionary, and Sonny’s old boyfriend Seth
Weissman, who is now a renowned journalist. All have been permanently marked by
the heady iconoclasm of their youth, and some carry terrible secrets that come
to bear on the case at hand in unforeseeable and explosive ways.
With its riveting suspense and indelibly drawn characters, The
Laws of Our Fathers shows once again why Scott Turow is not only the
master of the modern legal thriller but also one of America’s most gifted and
satisfying novelists. Turow reveals as no other writer can how the law and its
mysterious rituals intersect with real life. In the process he also raises
endlessly provocative questions about the meanings of the past and the long
shadows it casts on the present.
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