Anatomy of a Murder Author:Robert Traver Back Cover: THE AUTHOR of Anatomy of a Murder first used the pen name of Robert Traver in 1943 for his book, Troubleshooter, when he was Prosecuting Attorney of Marquette County, Michigan. This is his fourth book about the people of the Upper Peninsula who have come in conflict with the law. Robert Traver lives in the same old-fashioned house-wi... more »th his wife, Grace, and his three daughters-in which he was born. He is more esteemed by his neighbors as a trout fisherman and exponent of the roll cast than as an author widely acclaimed by the critics. He is now a justice of the Supreme Court of Michigan.
Inside front cover: Paul Biegler felt his world had come to an end that Sunday in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan when he got back from fishing and from thinking about the future. He was forty. After his ten years as the small-town D.A. and local hero, the people had found and elected a new hero, a young veteran of foreign wars. Then the telephone rang. Laura Manion told him her husband had been jailed for suspected murder. She said that Barney Quill, the man her husband had shot, had criminally assaulted her.
Perhaps this case was Biegler's providence. Outwardly sardonic and cynical, he could certainly show his young rival, Mitch, who had won from him the only job he loved, as well as the State Prosecutor's whole staff, that he could defend better than they could prosecute. Idealist beneath his flippant shell, he loved the law. Even this man caught red-handed would stay innocent until a jury could be found to declare him guilty. Biegler knew a great deal about juries. It was Biegler's last chance of making a new beginning for himself. And yet, could he believe his client or his client's attractive wife?« less