The Burden of Proof Author:Scott Turow Late one spring afternoon, Alejandro "Sandy" Stern, the leading defense attorney in the midsized Midwestern city where he lives, comes home from a business trip to find that Clara, his wife of thirty years, has committed suicide. Readers of Presumed Innocent will remember Stern as the brilliant, elegant, and elusive lawyer who masterminded the d... more »efense of Rusty Sabich. Scott Turow's new novel probes the character of this fascinating and complex man and his troubled private world.
Like many successful individuals, Stern has often seemed preoccupied and remote even to those closest to him. He is overwhelmed by Clara's death, and as he tries to come to terms with it, he is forced to confront all he truly does not know about his life, including his children. Even in his mourning, Stern is drawn back to the law as the defender of Dixon Hartnell, who is the target of an increasingly complex investigation by a federal grand jury. Stern's connections to Dixon, the immensely rich owner of a commodities futures brokerage and a wily financial gamesman, are long and involved. Dixon, who both fascinates and repels Stern, is the husband of Stern's beloved sister, Silvia, and he has employed Stern to keep him one step ahead of the law for decades.
As Sandy seeks to unravel both the painful mystery of Clara's death and the tangled web of Dixon's financial wheeling and dealing, his whole world--marriage, family career--is brought under the intense scrutiny that only a lawyer as persistent, perceptive, and honest as Stern can muster. The result is a novel of enormous emotional resonance, riveting suspense, and profound and devastating revelations. It confirms Scott Turow's place as one of our most compelling and convincing storytellers.« less