Book Reviews of The Burden of Proof

The Burden of Proof
The Burden of Proof
Author: Scott Turow
ISBN-13: 9780374117344
ISBN-10: 0374117349
Publication Date: 6/5/1990
Pages: 514
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 46 ratings
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
This was Turow's first book. It is an exciting mystery, crime drama, courtroom book. The ending is such a surpise, that when I finished I wanted to read the book all over again to seek out the clues.
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EXCELLENT WRITER, THOUGHTFUL AND PROVOKING. FULL OF TWISTS AND KEEPS YOU IN AWE OF THE HUMAN FRAILITIES.
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Helpful Score: 2
Turow is really one of the best mystery writers I've read. This story has an entirely different tone than Presumed Innocent, even though the main character is the same (Sandy Stern). It deals with financial malfeasance, and it can be a little hard to follow, but it's well worth it.
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A man facing an event so shattering that no part of his life is left untouched. It shows the family caught in hidden crimes, shocking secrets and warring passions.
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If you like Grisham, you'll probably like Turow. It's easily-consumed drama from the legal world. Seemed like this was gonna be a big trend in the nineties and, well, I guess it was in a way.
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Sandy Stern has to cope with losing his wife who has committed suicide. How does a middle aged man make his way through this tragedy? How does a reserved, formal lawyer re-enter the world as a single man? How does he manage to legally represent his adventuresome, risk taking brother-in-law? These are a few of the challenges he faces.
Great story,
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As a retired lawyer, I enjoyed reading this book. The plot twists kept it entertaining.
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I skipped the lovey-dovey part, and went straight to the juicy financial malfaesance parts, which are Scott Turow's strong suit, anyway.
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2 CASSETTES - 180 MINUTES - GOOD BOOK
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This book reveals a family caught in a maelstorm of hidden crimes, shocking secrects, and warring passions. Recommended.
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Totally different view of Sandy Stern compared to Presumed Innocent - kind of neat that the author can change perspective.
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really enjoyed this book
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Scott Turow is an outstanding writer. He mixed the legal aspects with personal relationships giving the novel a good balance not always found in legal thrillers. If you liked "Presumed Innocent", you will love "The Burden Of Proof".
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This is sorta the sequel to Presumed Innocent. Just as good maybe better for intrigue and suspense. Very good!
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Sandy Stern has to cope with losing his wife who has commited suicide. How does a middle aged man make it through this tragedy? How does a reserved, formal lawyer re-enter the world as a single man? How does he manage to represent his adventuresome, risk taking brother-in-law. These are some of the challenges he faces.

Great read.
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If you are looking for a good legal thriller with a lot of court room drama, this is not your book. If you paragraph after paragraph that delves into family relationships and psychoanalysis, then yor will probably enjoy this book
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Sandy Stern, Defense Attorney returns from a business trip to find that Clara, his wife of 30 years, is dead -- a suicide. But mourning must wait while Stern defends Dixon Hartnell, target of a federal grand jury investigation.

As Stern ponders the mysteries of Clara's death and Dixon's tangled financial affairs, his whole world cracks in a kaleidscope of change and uncertainty. In this vortex, he must solve the greatest riddle of his personal and professional career.
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Really enjoyed this book.Keeps you guessing until the very end.
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Another good Turow book!
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from amazon....
Criminal defense lawyer Alejandro "Sandy" Stern copes with his wife's suicide, his three grown children and a government investigation of his brother-in-law's successful brokerage house. Turow develops a complex, satisfying plot, steeped in law and finance, that turns perhaps too often on coincidence but remains utterly faithful to its deeply probed characters.
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Story of a family caught in a maelstrom of hidden crimes, shocking secrets and warring passions. Suspenseful plot leading to a climax of profound and devastating revelations.
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Scott Turow is a fun read!
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As always, Turow (author of Presumed Innocent) writes a fast-paced and exciting legal thriller. I think of him as the picky reader's Grisham.
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With the exception of our main character, attorney Sandy Stern, being a pompous ass, this book was, actually, a fairly good read. I found myself torn at various times between wanting Sandy to fall hard, and then feeling sorry for him. We are started off being introduced to Sandys wife found dead from suicide, and what follows from there are so many dark ghosts from the family closet that one wonders if it will ever end. I dont feel so bad about my family now!
All-in-all, a decent storyline, with several surprises along the way that you wont see coming. I did find Sandys accent and manner of speaking to be a little pretentious and unrealistic, just so, and, at times, the story dragged on and I found my mind wandering, but if you can hang in there, youll probably enjoy it to the end, even if a reader/person like me finds the ending to be disappointing in that those who should have reaped what theyve sown, dont.
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Scott Turow at his best--better plot and much more interesting central character than Presumed Innocent.
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Couldn't put this one down!
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Sandy Stern from Presumed Innocent is involved in a case that involves family secrets and passion.
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A very good legal mystery.
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The f/up to Presumed Innocent, you read another story about Sandy Stern, this time he faces an event that shatters multiple parts of his life.
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Very good mystery
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My favorite Turow book!!!
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Provocative...Riveting...You will turn the pages until dawn. And you will not be disappointed. - Chicago Tribune
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Enjoyed the book. It was very good.
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The Burden of Proof shows us a man, Sandy Stern, the brilliant defense attorney from Presumed Innocent, facing an event so emotionally shattering that no part of his life is left untouched. It reveals a family caught in a maelstrom of hidden crimes, shocking secrets, and warring passions. And it will make you walk a tightrope with Sandy Stern between the commands of our ideals and the urges of the heart...all the way to a climax of profound and devastating revelations.

My book has a different cover!!!
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Good legal thriller
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Recurring character Sandy Stern has to deal with his wife's suicide and a challenging client.
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Turow is always good.
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Very good read.
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"TUROW PROVES HIS TALENTS AGAIN... a sophisticated, multilayered work of fiction, one in which family secrets, business deals, strained friendships and sexual entanglements all mesh into a fascinating dual-plotted story."

- Los Angeles Daily Journal
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Known to readers of PRESUMED INNOCENT, defense attorney Sandy Stern returns from a business trip to find that Clara, his wife of 30 years, is dead -- a suicide. But mourning must wait while Stern defends Dixon Hartnell, target of a federal grand jury investigation.
As Stern ponders the mysteries of Clara's death and Dixon's tangled financial affairs, his whole world cracks in a kaleidscope of change and uncertainty. In this vortex, he must solve the greatest riddle of his personal and professional career.

"BURDEN OF PROOF is a novel of emotional resonance, riveting suspense, and profound and devastating revelations. It confirms Scott Turow's place as a compelling storyteller." (Publisher's Source) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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An interesting reading!
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Sandy Stern, the brilliant defense attorney from Presumed Innocent faces an event so emotionally shattering that no part of his life is left untouched.