Personal Injuries

Published by Grand Central Publishing, April 2011
Paperback, 560 pages, ISBN: 9780446574914

Robbie Feaver (pronounced "favor") is a succesful personal injury lawyer with a burgeoning practice, a way with the ladies, and a beautiful wife (whom he loves) dying of an irreversible illnes. He also has a secret bank account where he occasionally deposits funds that make their way into the pockets of the judges who decide Robbie's cases. Robbie is apprehended, and, in exchange for leniency, agrees to "wear a wire" as he continues to try to fix decisions. The FBI agent asigned to supervise him goes by the alias of Evon Miller. She is lonely, uncomfortable in her skin, and impervious to Robbie's charms. And she carries secrets of her own.

As the law tightens its net, Robbie's and Evon's stories converge thrillingly. Scott Turow shows us new sides of Kindle County, the world of greed and human failing he has made immortal in his previous novels, PRESUMED INNOCENT, THE BURDEN OF PROOF, PLEADING GUILTY, and THE LAWS OF OUR FATHERS. He also shows us enduring love and unexpected heroism. PERSONAL INJURIES is Turow's most reverberant, most moving novel—a powerful drama of individuals struggling against all odds to escape their characters.

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Reviews and Praise

'A' Rating… The best book of his career… a riveting, impeccably crafted legal thriller… a highly charged story… Legal fiction has turned depressingly formulaic and melodramatic lately, but Scott Turow's just get richer and smarter. Funnier, too.

Entertainment Weekly

Feaver is deftly portrayed… Unlike John Grisham, his chief rival in the legal thriller game, Mr. Turow has always demonstrated a gift for creating characters who are more than one-dimensional pawns, and Robbie Feaver is no exception.

Michiko Kakutani

New York Times

A near-perfect story of imperfect justice, ambition and greed… In his beautifully realized new novel, PERSONAL INJURIES, Scott Turow not only knows what his reads want, he delivers just about perfectly… Turow slices hard-boiled dialogue into his moral travails as well as anyone writing now… Turow is the closest we have to a Balzac of the fin de si├Ęcle professional class.

Chicago Tribune

A textured examination of human nature and an entertaining tale of American Justice.

Wall Street Journal

Turow is well-established as one of the greater writers of modern legal thrillers… In PERSONAL INJURIES, Turow never writes with anything less than spectacular grace… Turow's prose is beautiful and his observations, particularly the perceptions of small-scale human vulnerabilities, can take your breath away.

The Times (London)

The undisputed dean of legal intrigue… A revelation—a subtle, densely textured legal thriller stuffed with every kind of surprise except the ones you expect. Turow is well on his way to making Kindle County the Yoknapatawpha of American law.

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)