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The Burden of Proof | [Scott Turow]

The Burden of Proof

Presumed Innocent was the fiction debut of the decade - a magnetic work of suspense that earned Turow acclaim for his unparalleled storytelling gifts. Now, in a brilliant follow-up, Scott Turow stakes his claim as an American master, in a mesmerizing novel of law, family and deceit. Alejandro "Sandy" Stern - the brilliant defense lawyer from Presumed Innocent - comes home to discover that his wife of 30 years has committed suicide, leaving behind a web of mystery, money, and guilt.
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Presumed Innocent was the fiction debut of the decade - a magnetic work of suspense that earned Turow acclaim for his unparalleled storytelling gifts. Now, in a brilliant follow-up, Scott Turow stakes his claim as an American master, in a mesmerizing novel of law, family and deceit.

Alejandro "Sandy" Stern - the brilliant defense lawyer from Presumed Innocent - comes home to discover that his wife of 30 years has committed suicide, leaving behind a web of mystery, money, and guilt. While Stern hunts for answers, he is caught up in the threatened Federal prosecution of his most powerful and troublesome client - his own brother-in-law. Now, after a life of success, Sandy Stern is a man in desperate need of many truths - about his family, his uncertain future, and the troubled legacy his wife left behind.

©1991 Scott Turow (P)2010 Hachette

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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 09-15-10
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 09-15-10 Member Since 2005

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "The Best Yet"

    Oh this is my favorite in this series of three, although I believe that each one of these books can stand alone. The main character Sandy, is such a likable man, with his finesse and then bumbling faults. The author takes us along with Sandy in his new phase of life , unexpected after a long marriage. I was at times feeling heartsick with this character and his family, and at times laughed out loud. The narrator does a fine job with this text. I truly enjoyed this book, I didn't want it to end.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    lindablue Salisbury, MD 05-09-11
    lindablue Salisbury, MD 05-09-11 Listener Since 2008

    I'm constantly listening to recorded books. Right now I'm a bit sick and weak, but can still enjoy a good listen. I'm so glad I have this resource available.

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    "Turow still has it!"

    It's been A LONG TIME since I've read a book by Turow, so I really didn't know what to expect. I was very pleased with this book. It was much more than a legal drama. It detailed the drama going on in the life of the main character, whose life changes drastically in the opening paragraphs of this story. We're introduced to his family, friends and neighbors; all told interestingly. It's not necessarily high drama, but it is a "page turner". I've already lined up 2 more of Turow's books to follow.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marian North Bonneville, WA, United States 10-13-10
    Marian North Bonneville, WA, United States 10-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "ONE OF TUROW'S BEST"

    This is one of Scott Turow's best novels, and John Bedford Lloyd does an outstanding job as reader. "Burden" focuses on a character from "Presumed Innocent," the defense attorney, Sandy Stern.

    Turow doesn't flinch from exploring some of the more unsavory areas of human experience. There are scenes in "Burden" that are challenging in that regard. However, it's to Turow's credit that he is willing to delve into his characters' inner longings so fully.

    The plotting is very strong. Just as we think we're beginning to understand what's going on, a new level of chicanery introduces itself. Sandy Stern's extended family is made up of fascinating characters, well-drawn by Turow. As with all of his best novels, each step of the plot is intriguing and the ending utterly satisfying.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Rice, VA, United States 01-02-13
    Joan Rice, VA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2001

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Was Expecting the Pace of Presumed Innocent"

    This book was not awful. I had just finished listening to Presumed Innocent and was looking forward to another fast-paced suspense. This one had lots of twists and turns but it was just too long - and I happen to enjoy long novels. It went on and on and never seemed to get to the ending. The reader was excellent and the story itself was interesting. It would have been better if made somewhat less 'stream of consciousness' on the part of Sandy. Worth the listen, just be prepared to take a while to get to the ending!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Steamboat Springs, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-25-10
    Sally Steamboat Springs, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-25-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Okay..."

    I was excited to see Turow's next work - but it is disappointing. It took me weeks to get through this story - it is not interesting or compelling like Presumed Innocent. The story focuses on Sandy, the lawyer who defended Rusty Savage in Presumed Innocent. I do not recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan milwaukee, WI, United States 12-11-10
    Dan milwaukee, WI, United States 12-11-10 Member Since 2004
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    "OMG this book moves slowly!"

    I really liked Presumed Innocent & Innocent by Scott Turow. So, I was surprised by how incredibly slow this book moves. Hardly a page turner... Instead I can barely listen to more than 30 minutes before needing to turn it off. Finally stopped listening 1/2 way through the second part.

    Too much character analysis, background, and thoughts for me. Not enough action.

    I reccomend to read Presumed Innocent & Innocent. Leave this one on the shelf.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Armstrong Massachusetts 07-13-11
    Marilyn Armstrong Massachusetts 07-13-11
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    "Depressing story, dreary characters"

    Breakthrough or not, I found this book intolerable. Miserable characters living unhappy lives, uncovering progressively more miseries as the story continues. I gave up well before the end. I know that I'm in the minority, but I didn't find it gripping, compelling, or even interesting ... just grindingly unhappy and rather dull.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Saratoga, CA, United States 09-06-10
    Carmen Saratoga, CA, United States 09-06-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Really kept my interest!"

    The book is well written and the narrator made it even better. I found it difficult to quite listening!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marguerite Longueuil, QC, Canada 05-03-13
    Marguerite Longueuil, QC, Canada 05-03-13 Member Since 2008

    Love thought provoking and well written mystery or suspense novels.

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    "Outstanding Writer!"

    Scott Turow is an amazing writer. I read approximately 3 novels a week and while I enjoy many authors, there are few that can hold your attention and keep you guessing right to the last page like Scott. He has an amazing talent for plot and characters. This book, along with the others are ones I give people as gifts often because I am excited to turn other people into fans. Nobody should miss this talent. While his books can all stand on their own I suggest you read them in order since I think it will help with the storylines.
    Now if we could just get him to write more - encore, encore !

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 10-21-10
    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 10-21-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Good"

    I enjoyed the book, but at times it somewhat dragged. It was one of those books that are entertaining to read and entirely forgettable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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