THE LAWS OF OUR FATHERS
Published by Grand Central Publishing, April 2011
Paperback, 752 pages, ISBN: 9780446574945
THE LAWS OF OUR FATHERS, Scott Turow's most powerful novel to date, opens with a spectacular 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; within days her son, Nile Eddgar, a probation officer, is charged in connection with the crime—and the reader falls gratefully 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. It brings together a vivid cast of characters from Sonny's student years during the turbulent sixties, 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; 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.