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Publication Order of Kindle County Legal Thriller Books

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

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Ordinary Heroes (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

One L (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ultimate Punishment (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Surviving Justice (With: Dave Eggers) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Crown Crime Companion(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guilty as Charged(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Writers and Kids Write Mystery Stories(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writers on Writing(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Their World is Law(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2006(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Suspense Magazine December 2013(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
By the Book(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
California Schemin'(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fight of the Century(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Low Down Dirty Vote: Volume II: Every stolen vote is a crime(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fourteen Days: An Unauthorized Gathering(2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Scott Turow

Scott Turow is an acclaimed American lawyer and author. He has written 13 pieces of fiction, three nonfiction books as well as translations in more than 40 languages. To date, Turow’s work has sold over 30 million copies. His most notable piece is the Kindle County novel series that portrays the complexities of the legal industry in an enjoyable, engaging way. Likewise, some of his works have been adapted to film, and his list of publications and achievements continues to grow.

Having achieved great success, Turow’s books have become beloved classics. He has been recognized for his storytelling abilities with a number of awards and medallions, and his novels still remain relevant today, offering a captivating insight into the US justice system.

Early and Personal Life

Born in Chicago on April 12th, 1970, Scott Turow has made a name for himself as an esteemed American author and lawyer. As a child of Russian Jewish heritage, his ambition for academics and literature was evident from an early age as he attended New Trier High School before graduating from Amherst College with a degree in English. He then furthered his education with a Creative Writing Center degree from Stanford, and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

Turow’s legal expertise served him well as he went on to become an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago and was praised for his leading role on a case of judicial corruption. His legal thrillers, including the renowned “One L” and New York Times bestsellers “Presumed Innocent” and “The Burden of Proof”, earned him the nickname “Bard of the Litigious Age” from Time Magazine. He has since been elected president of the Authors Guild, as well as appointed to the U.S. Senate Nominations Commission and the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission.

Turow has become a staunch advocate for justice, often taking on pro bono cases including his involvement in the release of Alejandro Hernandez from death row. On the topic of political reform, he has been involved in the debate with Lawrence Lessig to consider the Second Constitutional Convention. As an author, he has contributed to the copyright protection discussion and has shown a preference towards electronic books. His ongoing commitment to both representing the needs of authors as well as justice in its many forms has served him well and continues to be the driving force of his work.

Writing Career

Scott Turow is a renowned and long-standing novelist. His debut work, “Presumed Innocent,” was published in 1987 and was set in his hometown of Chicago, with many characters and themes surrounding its legal sector. His subsequent works of fiction and two of nonfiction have gained tremendous acclaim.

Five of Turow’s novels – “Presumed Innocent,” “The Burden of Proof,” and “Reversible Errors” among them – have been adapted for film and television. 2013 saw Turow co-author the interactive ebook “Hard Listening,” which detailed his musical pursuits with the Rock Bottom Remainders.

Turow was granted the Order of Lincoln – Illinois’ highest honor – in the field of communication in 2000, and he is currently working on multiple writing projects. His works are applauded for their intricate plotting and captivating storytelling.

Reversible Errors

Scott Turow’s legal thriller novel, ‘Reversible Errors’, was published in November of 2002 by Farrar Straus & Giroux. ‘Reversible Errors’ is the sixth novel in the highly acclaimed ‘Kindle County Legal Thriller’ series, although readers can enjoy the books without following a set order.

Rommy “Squirrel” Gandolph is waiting execution for committing a 1991 triple murder in Kindle County. However, a court-appointed lawyer, Arthur Raven, is granted the chance to prove Rommy’s innocence when he learns of possible exonerating evidence. Facing them are Muriel Wynn and Larry Starczek, the original detective on the case, as well as Judge Gillian Sullivan, a former convict for bribery.

Scott Turow captivates readers in his exploration of the complexities of the legal system. Bringing together a diverse array of characters, the author brings attention to the ramifications of a death sentence.


Published in October 2013, ‘Identical’ is the ninth installment in the ‘Kindle County Legal Thriller’ series by Scott Turow. This novel has everything fans of the series have come to know and love: an edge-of-your-seat legal drama and suspense.

The plot follows twin brothers Paul and Cass Giannis, as well as their former neighbors, the Kronons. Paul runs for Mayor of Kindle County in 2008, and Cass is released from prison after serving 25 years for killing his girlfriend, Aphrodite Kronon. Ex-FBI agent Evon Miller and 81-year-old ex-homicide detective Tim Brodie investigate the case with the determination to uncover the truth.

Through a web of murder, sex and betrayal, Turow dives into the complexities of personal perspectives and beliefs.

One L

In 1977, Scott Turow’s debut novel ‘One L’ marked his first major release with Putnam. The book, a stand-alone memoir, tells the story of Turow’s first year at Harvard Law School and proved to be a critical and commercial success.

Turow paints a compelling picture of his experiences, highlighting the various teaching styles of his professors. William Zechman with his intricate hypotheticals, Nicky Morris for his civil procedure lessons, and Rudolph Perini whose wit courts and classrooms were infamous. Although he changed the names of his professors to protect their identities, Turow captures the true essence of being a Harvard Law student.

Ultimate Punishment

Published in 2003, “Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer’s Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty” puts forth Scott Turow’s unique perspective intertwined with a collection of essays as he dives into the heated debate surrounding the death penalty. The book became an instant classic of the criminal justice system.

Turow based his book on the two years he served on the Commission on Capital Punishment, charged with reviewing those awaiting the death penalty. He carefully navigates both sides of the argument, exploring the issue from his time representing individuals incarcerated on death-row, to visiting a maximum security prison to meet multiple murderer Henry Brisbon. In the end, Turow poses arguably the toughest question of all; can we reach the right cases without condemning innocent detainees or the undeserving?

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4 Responses to “Scott Turow”

  1. Don Moore: 10 months ago

    I think it was in the 1980s that I read a novel whose title and author I have forgotten, but would dearly love to find the sequel–the kind of books that I can easily imagine Turow writing. The one I read was about a lawyer who defended a young man charged with murder, and was able to get him acquitted on the basis of a multiple personality defense. As the young man was walking out free after the sensational trial, alone with his lawyer, he confessed that he had tricked the lawyer into believing he suffered from multiple personalities and demonstrated on the spot how he had done it. laughing as he walked away from his stunned attorney who of course could do nothing. In the sequel the defense attorney has become a prosecutor–who gets the same young man on another murder charge and still claiming he suffers from multiple personalities and is therefore not responsible for what one of them does. I would much like to read that sequel but do not know how to find it. DOES ANYONE KNOW THE TITLE AND AUTHOR?

  2. Mary Odell: 2 years ago

    Love your books. Wish there were more if them.

  3. Monika Jones-Lyons: 3 years ago

    Scott Turow – my all time favorite author!


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