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The Burden of Proof (Kindle County Legal Thriller #2)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  21,056 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Turow's acclaimed second novel, which topped international bestseller lists, is now available in trade paperback. Sandy Stern, the brilliant defense attorney from Presumed Innocent, faces 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.
Paperback, 564 pages
Published June 1st 1991 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 1990)
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Larry Bassett
I thought I would try to read some quick mystery books to shorten my TBR pile. This book has 515 pages so it appears that winnowing effort will have to wait a while longer. This book could be 300 pages instead of 500. But it would be missing many of the human interactions that make this book so enjoyable and memorable.

The legal territory we enter by reading this book includes The Grand Jury. For me, that is an education. I have, of course, heard about Grand Juries many times but, with the help o
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Oklahomadave
Following the simultaneous written and cinematic success of its predecessor, "Presumed Innocent," Scott Turow again returns to Kindle County for another dramatic exploration of the emotional vagaries of lives wrapped in the curious legal subculture of American society. In Turow's "Burden of Proof," we find ourselves three years following the events of "Presumed Innocent" as a spectator in the life of Sandy Stern, the attorney who famously defended Rusty Sabich in the murder trial from the prior ...more
Kristen
This is another great and fantastic legal thriller. This one deals with Sandy Stern. This one deals with tons of surprises and some trips down to Memory Lane with flashback, right after his wife commits suicide. But from there, he deals with an emotional load of stuff with his children and his client/brother-in-law in an embittered battle. But with every twist and turns, he discovers some family secrets behind the scenes. We really see the emotions he goes through from grieving to outraged throu ...more
Remo
Scott Turow tiene un estilo completamente distinto al de John Grisham, a pesar de que escriben sobre lo mismo. Grisham es más aventurero. Turow es totalmente denso: nos bombardea con miles de datos sobre leyes fiscales, inversiones en bolsa y códigos financieros. La trama está sólidamente tejida y los personajes bien construidos. Pero aún así la cantidad de información es demasiada para una novela que, se supone, debe mantener la atención del lector en todo momento. No me ha entusiasmado.
Andy Miller
This was the second in the Kindle County series by Scott Turow, immediately after his most famous, and best, work, Presumed Innocent. The plot here has less courtroom drama than Presumed Innocent, in fact there are no real trial scenes, but it is about the best writing on grand jury processes and intrigues that I have read. But there is more of the personal than in Presumed Innocent.

The novel starts with Sandy Stern, Rusty Sabich's defense lawyer in Presumed Innocence, discovering that his wife
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Janet Hartman
This was the first Turow book I tried to read and I don't plan to read another. Maybe if I had read Presumed Innocent and learned about the characters when they were younger, I would have cared more about them. I didn't know about the connection between the two books until after I started reading The Burden of Proof.

At 564 pages, the book would benefit from serious editing. Things moved way too slowly for my taste. For example, I figured out who wrote Clara's prescription and the rest that went
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Paul Lima
A middling legal story. Combines the main character's domestic problems with the legal tangle he is trying to work out for his main client, his brother-in-law -- so the legal and domestic are intertwined. I wasn't really enamored with any of the characters or their issues. I didn't buy who did what, and why. If you don't buy the characters' motivations, it's difficult to enjoy the plot. I'm sure others feel differently about it, but there you go...
Dick Edwards
For some reason, I found this book difficult to read. Mr. Turow has a peculiar way of wording sentences (some of them, not all of them), such that some sentences I find myself reading 2 or 3 times, and still not understanding what he is saying. As in PRESUMED INNOCENT, there is much insight into interpersonal relationships, and he will frequently (when introducing a new character) go back into a somewhat detailed description of past history with that character. His introspection into Sandy’s rel ...more
Chris
Sandy Stern, the lawyer for Rusty Sabich in the previous two Turrow books, tries to unravel the why's of his wifes suicide. His son-and seemingly well intentioned foe--or real foe, the neighbor the Dr., his daughterKates husband John, andhis lawyer daughter, all figure into the mystery. The plot is moved along by another plot, Sandy's sister Sylvia, whose husband is a huge trader of commodities, a gambler, and the suspect in many wall street insider trading violatio s. The twists put the enthusi ...more
Carin
I read Presumed Innocent more than 10 years ago and it saved my opinion of legal thrillers, which I thought had been irreparably damaged by John Grisham. Ever since then, if I hear of a Grisham fan, I always tell him/her, "well if you like Grisham, you really need to try Scott Turow, because he can actually write." While that does remain true with The Burden of Proof, I do understand why it isn't as popular as his other books.

Sandy Stern, the defense attorney in Presumed Innocent, arrives home
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Kim Tong Lim
Scott Turow had written an award-winning novel Presumed Innocent in 1987. In 1990, he released this second fiction The Burden of Proof that I picked up to read only recently. Scott Turow is a trained and practising lawyer. I was drawn to reading his other books because of Presumed Innocent where the plot, the twists and turns, and the cut and thrust in a court-room setting were so clearly written for a non-lawyer like me to follow the story-line.

The Burden of Proof revolves around the family of
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Marilyn
This is really a very excellent book. The only reason I'm not giving it a 10 is because I found it a bit hard to follow at times. Turow has done an amazing job though of bringing us into the mind of a man who is a defense attorney. We often read books of courtroom scenes, and how a prosecutor thinks, but not very often of how a defense attorney thinks. Stern is from Argentina, so his patriotism to America is immense, he still has a bit of an accent (which he allows to intimidate him), his wife h ...more
Lauriero
I like the way the book relate to the first in a tangential way, and the one line that tells us what happened to the protagonist in the first book. The author is a very good writer, and I think that quality sure kept me interested. The story itself was a little bit convoluted, and not super believable, but maybe that's because the characters are of a different, much older, generation. The big shocking secret is very much something of an earlier generation.
Mr Stewart
Disappointingly dull. I have come to understand that i have no patience for mystery involving white collar crime, corporate finance, politics. That's not the only theme of this book but it is thick enough that i lose interest very quickly. I need to care in some way about the goings on. I didnt care about any of this.

Perhaps i need to more carefully screen the legal drama books i select in future.

Too bad. Presumed Innocent was so good.
Michael
It went on a bit long and the plot was perhaps a bit unnecessarily convoluted but it was still a great story helped along by a great reader (I listened to this as a recorded book during a long road trip). Turow draws solid, believable characters who behave in ways that are true to the book's internal logic.
Grant
Feb 27, 2012 Grant rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Grant by: Jane McNeil
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David Ward
The Burden of Proof by Scott Turow (Grand Central Publishing 1990) (Fiction - Mystery/Thriller). Sandy Stern, the defense attorney from Presumed Innocent, finds himself in a family at war after a horrible crime is discovered. My rating: 6.5/10, finished 1990.
Chris
Scott Turow is more than a writer of legal thrillers. He is a real novelist using the law to reflect on human ego and weakness. His Kindle County, where all of his novels actions take place, is not exactly a moral wasteland but a soiled and imperfect place where there are no easy solutions. His main character in this novel, Sandy Stern, a cosmopolitan defense attorney, lends this novel real gravity with his impressions and his understanding that the law is something of a slipshod negotiation bet ...more
John Hicks
Brave writer, to begin with a suicide, a mother of four grown children found dead in her car in the garage. That sent fair-weather readers scurrying....

Turow sees us inside and out, by our own laws, more deadly than any laws courts can touch.

"Thirty-odd years ago, Clara Mittler had drafted a composition, called it Clara Stern, and remained intent on playing it to the end. It was a woodwind part of austere and unwavering beauty, and he [Alessandro Stern] was the uncritical audience, one set of ha
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Steve
found book on a book case at home. Will reread. Don't remember the story. Excelent story centered around machinations involving Sandy Stern (from Presumed innocent) his wife, 3 children, son-in-law, sister and brother in law. Great mystery with many twists and interesting dynamics between the characters.
Terry
Sandy Stern is a high powered defense attorney who is defending his brother-in-law from insider trading and racketeering charges while dealing with guilt over the suicide of his wife and his strained relationships with his children. He is a man who is possessed by the law and being a lawyer and who struggles to focus on the needs of those closest to him. I liked the book pretty well - Turow does a good job of character development and I like his dialog. I guessed fairly early in the novel the re ...more
Richard
This is the second of the Kindle County series and the follow on to Presumed Innocent, which was a very good read. This really did not develop into a court room mystery as expected. It was more of a family drama mixed in with client priviledge and fraudulent stock trading, starting off with the suicide of the main characters wife and the possible reasons behind it. I found the story long running, much like the previous sentence.
David
I have mixed feelings on this one. On the one hand, Turow's courtroom drama is as good as ever. On the other hand, there was surprisingly little of it in evidence. Most of the book tracked the dysfunctional family interactions of the protagonist, a fussy, officious lawyer who is at times casually immoral, and at other times, so devoted to his principles that he's willing to go to jail rather than violate them. Like all Turow novels, it's full of unexpected surprises that force you to reinterpret ...more
Karen
Well this certainly an involved story. There are close to fifteen major characters and about five or six minor characters. A lot of people to juggle and I did get them confused. The story unfolds with a suicide and I almost walked away from it but the secret surprise about the dead woman kept me going. I did not understand any of the legal issues regarding the actual crime. But in the end it was a pretty interesting book. The ending was a surprise but I should have expected it since everyone sl ...more
Erin
I had about 2 minutes at the library book sale after spending forever with the kids! So I grabbed 3 Scott Turow books. I used to enjoy courtroom dramas and hadn't read them in a very long time since I got involved in a book club that chose far more intelligent books! Every book seemed similar to me. In fact they were set in the same place and had some of the same characters. It's been a couple months since I read them all and I've already forgotten them. They are entertaining as you read them, b ...more
Cheryl
I read the first 40 pages and was so bored I couldn't go on.
Charles Reimler
Enjoyable With Surprising Conclusion & Valid Human Nature!
Maryanne
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Linda Munro
When Alejandro Stern's wife of 30 years commits suicide leaving a single sentence in a note "can you forgive me?" Stern finds his life in disarray. At the same time Stern is confronted with defending his beligerent brother-in-law from possibly Ricco charges. The amazing twists and turns throughout this book leads Stern to the truth behind his wife's suicide, the part he inadvertently played in it, and how twisted one's life can become without even trying. Each of Stern's awakenings lead to anoth ...more
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Scott F. Turow is an American author and a practicing lawyer. Turow has written eight fiction and two nonfiction books, which have been translated into over 20 languages and have sold over 25 million copies. Movies have been based on several of his books.

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