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“The Laws of our Fathers” by Scott Turow

Currently making my way through “The Laws of our Fathers” which is a very interesting book, but it is soooooo long:  817 pages.  I’m almost halfway there, insomnia having kept me up until 2:30 this morning, reading.

I love Scott Turow’s writing;  however, I think you need to be a serious reader to get through his collection of legal thrillers, as he describes everything in extreme detail which makes these long and fairly difficult to read.  I had to read the first chaper of this one twice in order to understand what was going on, as it describes a gang shooting and is filled with street jargon that I had trouble understanding.

The reward comes in some of his courtroom scenes where every nuance of the players’ actions are conveyed, making you feel as if you are almost there in the courtroom too, experiencing the drama and emotions along with the characters when the defense attorney finally elicits the answer he is after from the witness.  Very effective writing!

He also makes liberal use of flashbacks in order to get you well acquainted with his characters and to further draw you into the story.

I’ll let you know how this one turns out.

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