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Scott Turow Books In Order

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Publication Order of Kindle County Legal Thriller Books

Presumed Innocent (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burden of Proof (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pleading Guilty (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Laws Of Our Fathers (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Personal Injuries (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reversible Errors (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Limitations (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Innocent (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Identical (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Testimony (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Trial (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Suspect (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Voice of Witness Books

with Luis Alberto Urrea
Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives (By:) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives (By:) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Ordinary Heroes (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

One L (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ultimate Punishment (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Surviving Justice (With: Dave Eggers) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Crown Crime Companion(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guilty as Charged(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Writers and Kids Write Mystery Stories(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Writers on Writing(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Mystery Stories 2006(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Suspense Magazine December 2013(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
By the Book(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
California Schemin': The 2020 Bouchercon Anthology(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fight of the Century(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Low Down Dirty Vote: Volume II: Every stolen vote is a crime(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fourteen Days: An Unauthorized Gathering(2024)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Scott Turow is a practicing lawyer and an America author born April 12, 1949. He has written two non-fiction and nine fiction books which have been translated into over twenty languages and they have sold over twenty five million copies. Many movies have been produced based on several of his books.

Career and life

Scott Turow was born to a family descent of Russian Jewish in Chicago. He was attending New Trier High School and in year 1970, he graduated from Amherst College as Alpha Delta Phi Literary Society Brother. Scott Turow attended Stanford University Creative Writing Center from year 1970 to year 1972 and he received an Edith Mirrielees Fellowship. Scott Turow married a painter- Annette Weisberg but they later divorced after thirty five years.

Scott Turow became a Jones Lecturer later at Stanford and he served until year 1975 when he decided to enter Harvard Law School. It was in year 1977 that Scott Turow wrote ‘One L’ which is a book that talked about his first year at law school. In year 1978, he earned his Juris Doctor degree and became an assistant United State Attorney in Chicago and he served in the position until year 1986. In that position, Scot Turow prosecuted corruption cases of high profile which included state Attorney General William Scott tax fraud case. In addition, Turow was also Operation Greylord lead counsel which was the Illinois federal prosecution of judicial corruption cases.

Scot Turow later became a novelist after leaving the office of United State Attorney and he begun to write legal thrillers which included Presumed Innocent, The Burden of Proof, Personal Injuries and Pleading Guilty. All the four novels became best sellers and Scott Turow won many literary awards which included the British Crime Writers’ Association Silver Dagger Award. In year 1999, Time magazine named Personal Injuries as the Best Fiction Novel of that year.

In those Kindle County books, many of the characters many times in more than one book. What is unspecified is the state but the novel tells us that the county on the Kindle River has a tri – city conglomerate. Kindle River eventually flows into the Mississippi somewhere between New Orleans and Chicago.

Scott Turow in year 1990 was featured on cover of Time- June 11 and it described him as ‘Bard of the Litigious Age’. In year 1995, Derek Lundy who is a Canadian author published Scot Turow biography entitled ‘Scott Turow- Meeting the Enemy’. Later in the 1990s, a publisher who was British bracketed Scott Turow’s work with that of John Irving and Margaret Atwood republished in the Bloomsbury Modern Library series.

In year 2010, Scott Turow was elected the Authors Guild president and was a previous president from year 1997 to year 1998. He was heavily criticized when he was in that position for his stance on anti-eBook and copyright maximalist.

From year 1997 to year 1998, Scot Turow was a United State Senate Nominations Commission member for the Northern District of Illinois which is responsible for recommending federal judicial appointments. It was in year 2011 that Scott Turow met with Lawrence Lessig who is a Harvard Law School professor and they discussed political reforms that included possible Unite States Second Constitution. Reports suggest that Scott Turow saw risks that may result with having such convention but he believed that it may be the only way because of how campaign money has greatly undermined democracy of one man one vote principle.

Scott Turow is a Dentons partner which is an international law firm and he was a partner of Chicago law firm of Sonnenschein Rosenthal and Nath which is one of its constituents. In most of his cases, Scott Turow works pro bono including a case in year 1995 where he won Alejandro Hernandez release who had spent eleven years on death row for murder he had not committed. He was also appointed by George Ryan a former governor of Illinois to the commission considering Illinois death penalty and currently, he is a member of Illinois State Police Merit Board.

Other fiction books that Scott Turow has written include The Laws of Our Fathers, Reversible Errors, Guilty as Charged, Limitations, Ordinary Heroes, Innocent, The Best American Mystery Stories and Identical. Non- fiction books include Ultimate Punishment. One L and hard listening.

His non- fiction book Ultimate Punishment received Robert Kennedy Center for Human Rights and Justice 2003 Award which is an award that is given annually to an author who forcefully and most faithfully reflects purposes of Robert Kennedy- his concern for the powerless and the poor, his struggle for even handed and honest justice, his conviction that a society that is decent must give an assurance to all young people of a fair chance and his believe that remedies to disparities of opportunity and power is a free democracy.

His book Presumed Innocent was published in year 1987 August and it was his first book. It tells a story a prosecutor who Is charged with his colleague murder an intelligent and attractive prosecutor Carolyn Polhemus. The story is told by the accused Rozat Rusty Sabich in first person.

The book begins with Polhemus death discovery in her apartment and it appears to be a sexual bondage victim killed outright by a fatal blow with unknown object to the skull. Co-worker of Carolyn and prosecutor- Rusty Sabich is assigned the case by district attorney. Much is complicated by the fact that Sabich is a Carolyn ex-lover. The book follows the discovery of their affair and trial of Rusty for her murder.

Many of the Presumed Innocent minor character appears in Scott Turow’s later books and they are all set in the fictional Mid-western Kindle-County. Innocent which is a Presumed Innocent sequel was on May 4, 2010 released and it continues the relationship between Tommy Molto and Rusty Sabich.

His other book Personal Injuries was published in year 1999 and it takes place also in Kindle County and many of its characters are recognized in his previous books. In this book, Scott continues to explore system of justice through characters such as agent Evon Miller, attorney Robbie Feaver, Justice Brendan Tuohey and Attorney Stan Sennett. The book follows the FBI as it pursues Kindle County legal community in a web of concealed cameras, tapped phones and wired spies. Scott Turow’s books have won many awards especially the fiction books.

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2 Responses to “Scott Turow”

  1. Mary Odell: 8 months ago

    Love your books. Wish there were more if them.

  2. Monika Jones-Lyons: 2 years ago

    Scott Turow – my all time favorite author!


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