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Limitations (Kindle County Legal Thriller #7)

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Presumed Innocent comes a compelling new legal mystery featuring George Mason from Personal Injuries. Originally commissioned and published by The New York Times Magazine, this edition contains additional material.

Life would seem to have gone well for George Mason. His days as a criminal defense lawyer are long behind him. A
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Una Tiers
While a judge grapples with actions the defendant is charged with, the story was stale. This does not equal some earlier books.
Aug 31, 2010 Joan rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed Scott Turow since I read '1L' about a million years ago. I very much appreciate that he writes both non-fiction and fiction and has the confidence/following to work on projects that he must feel are important. Limitations is not a large book, but rather sparse in terms of characters and narrative. I enjoyed it as I enjoyed Michael Crighton's last couple of books - as both authors had an idea that they wanted to explore (or have me explore vicariously) with enough of a story around i ...more
Sep 25, 2011 Lena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: legal beagles
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Jun 16, 2011 Samantha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of legal drama
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Oct 24, 2011 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller
Having read Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent, I know what the man is capable of, and it's a whole lot more than what you get with "Limitations." Not that Limitations is bad or anything; Turow shows throughout that he is a terrific writer with a style that is much more literary than you usually find within this genre. However, the story itself just feels kind of flat, the legal jargon overshadows the suspense, and the plot threads resolve in unsatisfactory ways. The book originally appeared in muc ...more
Jun 07, 2010 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find this book hard to describe. There is not much action--but whenever an event is described, an incident in the past or in the present, it gains its power from the fact that you have been reading some chapters containing primarily the ruminations of a judge on a court of appeals deciding the fate of a case (he's casting the deciding vote), all while handling the end of his wife's brush with cancer, and strange, vague threatening messages received on his cell and e-mail.

Character, as always
Karen Wyle
Apr 21, 2016 Karen Wyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short novel weaves together two quite different crises in the life of an appellate judge: an external threat, and a profound emotional and moral dilemma. I'm not sure how successfully Turow combines the two plot threads, but both are well handled in themselves. As always, both Turow's writing and his evocation of the world of the law are excellent.
Apr 13, 2015 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
While dealing with an statute of limitations based appeal on a gang-rape decision Judge George Mason rationalizes his own past sexual experience in college while at the same time dealing with his wife's cancer treatment and threatening e-messages. Don't give too much sympathy to George, by the end of the book he is once again Mr. Wonderful. This is the first, and last, book by Turow that I will read.
May 19, 2013 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked his indecision over the rape case and how it related to his college days. It made him see the boys convicted in a light that most of us would never entertain and I thought that was the most compelling part of the story. But ultimately the story hinges on the death threats and who wants the judge dead and I found the culprit to be a satisfying one. I mean, I didn’t really suspect him or her but it made some sense at the end.

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Paula Dembeck
George Mason, once a trail lawyer in one of Turow’s former novels (Personal Injuries 1999), is now an appellate court judge. He is confronted by a difficult challenge as the senior member of the three judge panel crafting a decision in which the judges have differing views.

The case involves four young men who 18 months ago were convicted of criminal sexual assault and given the mandatory minimum sentence of six years. Mindy Deboyer was only fifteen years old when she attended a rowdy house part
Jan 20, 2010 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always liked Scott Turow (Presumed Innocent) and this was pretty good, just short and for some reason, to me, it felt like there just wasn't really enough of a story there for a novel. Seemed like it either should've been shortened and been one of a set of short stories...or more depth to the characters for a complete novel. None of the characters were really fleshed out so you don't really end up understanding motivations or getting their perspective or anything...
Joseph Rai
Set in an imaginative Kindle County in the backdrop of a rape case, “Limitations” by Scott Turow is good but not as gripping as some of John Grisham’s legal thrillers.

Elderly judge is perhaps facing the most trying case in his entire career. On the dock are four young men being tried for allegedly raping a teenage girl. This would have been quite an ordinary case for a seasoned judge. But the trial emotionally rattles George Mason as the nature of the rape confronts him with his dark past.

He is
Mar 17, 2014 Geno rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My first novel by Scott Turow. I now realized it is a series (#7) and I'm wondering if I would have enjoyed it more having read the previous books first. Interesting plot but the flow was troubling for me. The book should have stayed with the VERY INTERESTING trial - 4 boys accused of gang-raping a girl which they videotaped. Statue of limitations causes Judge to evaluate whether the case should proceed even though the boys, now young men doing very well in life have clearly committed the crime. ...more
it was a very well written story, but the ending was passe and kind of a let down compared to the rest of the story. but from a legal point of view the writing was great.
Feb 15, 2009 SmarterLilac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only more perfect mystery I have read is Høeg's "Smilla's Sense of Snow." And that's saying something.
A well-crafted plot that evolves and resolves in few pages. While I think the sparse writing style worked well for this story, and I particularly enjoyed visiting in the mind of an appeals court judge while such momentous deliberations were underway in our national courts, it was a little too sparsely written for me. I didn't have a strong enough sense of the supporting characters - anyone other than the judge himself - to care about the rule-out of suspects and eventual identification of the gu ...more
Nicholas Parsons
Typical Scott Turow brilliance. The life of a judge depicted, both on the bench and off, is compelling in its realism. The central theme explored is whether the law should allow the crimes of people's past to be resurrected against them if they have gone on to lead otherwise blameless lives. In addition to this another fascinating legal issues the plot is given forward bye efforts to identify the culprit behind a contemporary crime being committed against the judge which keeps the reader guessin ...more
Ben Eggleston
Mar 02, 2015 Ben Eggleston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is about a judge working through three things at once: deciding a hard case, figuring out how to react to a series of anonymous threats against him, and coming to terms with a confusing event in his own distant past. Each plot is interesting on its own, and they are woven together grippingly and concisely (in fewer than 200 pages). I enjoyed this book more than any of the other novels Turow has published since Presumed Innocent and Burden of Proof (which, for me, will probably always ...more
Brent Soderstrum
I am a big Scott Turow fan and really enjoyed the beginning of this book. It just didn't follow through to the end. Judge George Mason, an appellate court judge, is the deciding judge on a three judge panel for a case where some boys gang raped a girl who had passed out at a party. The boys video taped the event and showed it years later to college friends. Has the statute of limitations resulted in the prosecution being too late? Should the trial court have allowed the video tape into evidence? ...more
Mark Oppenlander
Scott Turow continues to be one of my favorite authors. I have seen reviewers compare him to writers such as Balzac, Dickens and Faulkner rather than merely to other writers of legal thrillers. As a writer of bestselling popular fiction, this is high praise. With his elegant use of language, deft characterizations and uncanny ability to draw out the humanity of every villain and the foibles of every hero, his work transcends simple genre classification.

I'll admit that this is not Turow's best bo
Aug 12, 2008 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turow is the "lawyer's author," as opposed to John Grisham, the "people's author who reinforces their misconceptions about what lawyers do.” Following a judge's crisis of conscience while ruling on a case at the appellate level, this slim volume explores something rarely seen outside the legal community and almost never used for legal drama: the statute of limitations, which determines the length of time that can elapse before charges are not allowed to be brought. Turow deftly explains the lega ...more
George Hawkey
Dec 09, 2009 George Hawkey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never been one for Grisham. While I like a fast, exciting legal thriller as much as the next guy, I've never found Grisham to be a writer who could hold my interest. The plots surely make good films, the dramatic lawyerly speeches make for great grandstanding by well-known actors. Just not good books.

What Turow does in "Limitations" is far from Grisham as one can get. This was a thoughtful, well-paced novel about a judge considering the statue of limitations on a criminal case. The idea of
May 21, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Limitations served as my intro to the writing of Scott Turow, and it's made a very favorable impression. As expected, it contains The story of an appellate court judge who recognizes striking personal elements within his latest case, it contains, as expected, absorbing courtroom scenes interspersed danger and action. Turow goes further, however, taking his readers inside the heart and head of his protagonist. Judge George Mason must decide the appeal of a high profile case of multiple rape, base ...more
Dec 15, 2015 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is classic Turow - a legal thriller, but what differs is its self-reflective bent. The main character, a judge, encounters a case that take him back to an incident that happened in college - in another life, another place, another era. The judge's own experience challenges his assumptions about the case and, through other characters, wreaks havoc in his life. I enjoyed the moral question probably even more than the usual page-turning, Chicago-based intrigue of the classic Turow.
Karenbike Patterson
A judge tries to decide what to do about a case where a black girl is raped 7 years ago by several high school students while she is drunk and unconscious. The video of the event is inadmissible because of the statute of limitations The judge thinks back to his college days and experiences of sexual indiscretion. He searches for the answer of his objectivity and how it seems unfair to let these men go free. It does show that the law can seem unfair in cases like this.
Terry Huebner
Scott Turow is one of the few writers of commercial fiction who successfully combine intelligence, social consciousness, and thought-provoking subject matter within the thriller genre. The reader can always count on something more than just a mindless page turner. In Limitations, an appellate court justice finds himself the subject of e-mail threats from an unknown assailant as he attempts to juggle his decision in a high-profile rape case with circumstances from his past 40 years before. While ...more
Sai Prasad Guttapalli
The story behind this short novel centers around a high profile rape case that has come before the district appeals court. Mason, one of the judges, is conflicted as to the statute of limitations in the case and is haunted by things that happened in his own past. To add tension to the proceedings, Mason is being stalked with angry and threatening emails and text messages. Are they the work of a local gang leader or just some crank?
Jul 26, 2015 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Scott Turow's books. This slim book is just a taste of what he can do with a story. I rounded up on my stars -- 3.5 is a better rating. I enjoyed this quick read especially since I only figured out part of the ending and was pleasantly surprised I was partially wrong. It isn't his most exciting book. I enjoyed the continuing narrative of some familiar characters and further descriptions of some familiar places.
Andy Miller
Scott Turow is one of my all time favorite authors, Presumed Innocence may be my all time favorite book, but I've read and liked all his books and I have tried to understand how Grisham sells more books than Turow. The emphasis is on "try" I don't understand it all.

One reason I like Turow is that while his books have good plots, the strength is the characters in his novels, you feel like you know them, like they are real people and deal with the issues in his books in complex ways that we deal w
Ann Chappe
I've come to expect so much from Turow and this just doesn't deliver- the story seems incomplete, the book is very short and quite flat in places and the final solving of the mystery of the death threats just didn't seem convincing. The background story of the rape crisis (which played out in a rather unsatisfactory way ) should have been the central plot and deserved more attention.
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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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Kindle County Legal Thriller (9 books)
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