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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,349 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Turow Narrator: Dion Graham, Kevin T. Collins, Orlagh Cassidy, James Snyder Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kindle County Series Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • The Bonfire of the Vanities meets The Big Chill…Wonderfully colorful.”

    New York Times

  • “Absorbing…An ambitious novel and, happily, the author’s firm grasp is more than equal to his reach.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Enthralling…Several cuts above the popular competition.”


  • “Splendid…Every bit as gripping and profound as its predecessors…Turow is in a category of his own.’

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “From the evocative opening paragraph, Turow reaffirms all that separates him from most of his contemporaries…There are so many reasons to savor this book. The language is breathtaking… It’s the real deal.”

    Miami Herald

  • “His dialogue is superb, and his scenes move with pace and authority. The opening is a tour de force of beautifully orchestrated action writing.”


  • “No other novel this year is likely to be as thoughtful, as timely and richly detailed, and as satisfying to read…A tour de force.”

    Detroit News-Free Press

  • “Powerful…A big, ambitious novel…One of the most thoughtful and satisfying novels this year.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Laws of Our Fathers is a rich, complex and ultimately profoundly moving tale that, like all Turow’s work, is quarried from the mysteries of human character rather than simply from the sometimes too-easy drama of the courtroom…Most fine novels have a keen sense of the passage of time, and Turow’s grasp of the revolutionary fervor of the ‘60s and how it has later calmed into rueful, if still compassionate, acceptance, is masterly…Turow’s grandly ambitious achievement: to focus the profoundest struggles of two generations through one sordid, emblematic crime.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Turow once again proves that there is more substance in a single page of one of his novels than in the entire works of John Grisham or any other author in the legal thriller genre.”

    Library Journal

  • “Beneath the layers of deep legal deviousness, Turow never lets you forget that his characters lived and loved before they ever got dragged into court and that they have lives to go back to after the final gavel comes down.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Turow, while telling a fascinating crime story, skillfully turns the book into a tale of love and loss, of family and friendship.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 1996

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura | 2/20/2014

    " Two words: brain candy. It's an easy read, but gets a little awkward in the transition between past and present. Story jumps the shark at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Susan | 2/4/2014

    " Because I've read other Scott Turow books and liked them, I forced myself to finish this one. But it was drudgery. So much so that the final Turow book I have to read will be put on a shelf for some time to come. I don't think I could stomach two within a few weeks of each other if the other one is like this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ram | 2/1/2014

    " a fine legal story with detailed and captivating characterizations and ver appealing to all those who were or knew of the flower generation. Scott Turow is readable as always and his novels raise several moral questions in my mind as usual. It also is disturbing to read of the cancer of corruption being so widespread in the American judiciary ... though comforting perhaps to Indians!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sam | 1/25/2014

    " I started this book and almost gave up on it from the beginning. The first chapter was written in this gangster's tone of voice, and it just pissed me off. But I didn't have anything else to read, so I stuck with it, and a few chapters in it started to get really interesting, and never went back to the gangster's point of view again. Then I got to the last 50 pages or so and completely stopped caring, and consequently stopped reading. Oh well. "

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