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The Laws Of Our Fathers (Kindle County Legal Thriller #4)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  2,580 ratings  ·  105 reviews
In Kindle County, a woman is killed in an apparent random drive-by shooting. The woman turns out to be the ex-wife of a prominent state senator and an old acquaintance of Judge Sonia Klonsky, on whose desk the case lands. As the pursuit of justice takes bizarre and unusual turns, Judge Klonsky is brought face-to-face with a host of extraordinary personalities and formidabl ...more
Paperback, 817 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1996)
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After about fifty pages, I was tempted to give up on this book, but I stuck it out and really enjoyed it by the end. The basic story is that a new judge (who I guess was a character in an earlier Turow novel) finds herself with a murder-for-hire case in which the defendant was once a little neighbor boy who her boyfriend used to babysit, and all of the important figures from her 1969-1970 life come back to haunt her 1995 existence. The problem with the opening chapters is that Turow tries to wri ...more
he Laws of Our Fathers is different than Turow's previous novels. It is a story about our legal system, but it is more of an exploration of the sixties and events that sculpted a generation. The story moves back and forth between the past and present day murder trial, with usual twists that make us appreciate Turow's skill.

Sonia Klonsky, whom we met in The Burden of Proof, is a newcomer to the Superior Court bench. She is charged with deciding the outcome of a murder trial in which Nile Eddgar,
Jul 30, 2011 Sheri added it
After reading 'Presumed Innocent' & being blown away, I immediately put Scott Turow on my list of favorite authors. I was excited to read another book from him, but could not be more disappointed. Like some of the other people who reviewed the book on here, I could not get into the story or the characters & was often forgetting who was who. The revolutionary issues of the 1960's & '70's didn't interest me much - not my generation, couldn't relate - nor did I find myself too intereste ...more
I was disappointed in this book. I have read probably three or four other books by Mr. Turow and liked all of them better than this one. It moved at a snail's pace for me. His other books that I've read are also somewhat slow reads, but are nonetheless engrossing and build to a very satisfying and frequently unexpected conclusion. I especially liked "Ordinary Heroes" for that reason. The language in certain parts where the narrator is a gang member is highly offensive (but realistic I'm sure, so ...more
Another good Scott Turow book for me. I liked "One L," "Burden of Proof" and "Presumed Innocent," all legal thrillers. This brought back memories of my days as a law clerk in the DC criminal courts. The legal drama was set against the backdrop of revolutionary, anti-war, anti-authority culture on college campuses during the Vietnam War era. The plot was moving (but not terribly fast-paced), the characters were well-drawn and the legal proceedings pretty realistic. A good read from someone who en ...more
Muriel McLemore
We listened to this novel on our way home from North Carolina. It was entertaining with lots of twists and turns, and a surprise ending much like the one in "Presumed Innocent." There is a lot of very foul language throughout the book, some of which is gratuitous. AS for his other books that I have read, I didn't like "Burden of Proof," which I read just after "Presumed Innocent" many years ago. But, I think it was because I thought it was a sequel to the first one and it was not, just many of t ...more
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narrated by James Snyder, Orlagh Cassisy, Dion Graham and Kevin T. Collins

There are 21 discs. The story picks up at the 7th disc. The narrators were excellent but the writing was waaay to poetic for my taste. It was almost to the point of babble. It was like a soap opera in that I could skip a couple minutes ahead and still not lose sight of where the story was going. Hobie was a likable character up until the point that I stopped listening. Sonny was not believable as a woman. I mean I
John Nelson
Scott Turow's debut novel, Presumed Innocent, is one of my favorite books. It virtually created the legal-thriller genre later occupied by John Grisham, and in my view is one of the signature novels of the 1980s, along with Bright Lights, Big City, Bonfire of the Vanities, and a few others. Turow has been called the thinking man's John Grisham, but in light of Turow's priority of publication, perhaps Grisham should be described as the non-thinking man's Scott Turow.

The Laws of Our Fathers is not
I started this book and almost gave up on it from the beginning. The first chapter was written in this gangster's tone of voice, and it just pissed me off. But I didn't have anything else to read, so I stuck with it, and a few chapters in it started to get really interesting, and never went back to the gangster's point of view again. Then I got to the last 50 pages or so and completely stopped caring, and consequently stopped reading. Oh well.
Feb 11, 2015 Grant rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Turow lovers-it's one of his good ones.
Recommended to Grant by: Jane McNeil
I was put off by Turow after the last book I read of his, but my friend Jane gave me this one to try. After Innocent and Burden of Proof, very hard acts to follow, I was hoping that he still had more great books in him, and this one qualifies. a Great read, it was hard to put down after about the first 40 pages or so, which it took to get the gang lingo figured out and sort out the characters, which there are many. Spread between two times, 1970-1971 and 1995-1996m it was confusing for awhile, b ...more
Anna Dye
I was excited to get this book on tape and hoped it would be a good match for me. It started quite well and I looked forward to the next segment of the story. Soon enough it started into swearing and got to the point that it was hard to follow the tale because of the heavy swearing. Even during the court trial one of the witness swore very heavily and not even the judge protested for far too long. I don’t buy it. I think the author didn’t know how to express himself and thus recurred to the obje ...more
I started reading this book several years ago, at a time when my life and brain were a bit scattered, and found it difficult to follow. I couldn’t stay focused. And I gave up on it. Last week I tried it again, and I’m glad I did. This is a profoundly intense, complicated, spiritual, intellectual, emotional story that gripped me and wouldn’t let go until the very last page. I will give it some space and then I’ll read it again. If I could memorize it, I would. I have read most of Scott Turow’s bo ...more
Kate Watson
The Law of Our Fathers is an ambitious work, taking on several meaty, hot button issues from the last 40 years: war protesting, the Holocaust, political activism, recreational drug use, gang violence, poverty, grief and oh lets see, unhappy childhood/unresolved parental conflict/middle age divorce. [return][return]Scott Turow writes such total insight and witt, its hard to believe that a writer can create characters with that total depth and rich history. This is a lengthy novel that takes time ...more
Liked the beginning of this, the case is a good set up, wondering what really happened.... but THEN we go down a memory lane chapter or two (no, actually, the book is half flashbacks) which seems to be an excuse for Turow to revisit his days at UC Berkeley in the 60's... assuming he had some... and it's a little BOR-ing. I was there and it was more interesting than this. It's Ok, but could have been handled in a few pages... Now that I have nearly finished it, this is NOT a legal mystery or thri ...more
Dan Fahlgren
I was very disappointed with this book. It started out pretty good, a standard legal thriller. The story got bogged down in the flashbacks. They went on way too long. The backstory of the characters made it clear that the Judge in the book made a very obviously wrong decision right at the beginning--which would have been ok for dramatic purposes--if it had been at all plausible, but it wasn't. The decision and her weak reasons for it were so wrong that I was no longer able to suspend disbelief. ...more
I went through a period last summer where I wasn't reading, or I was reading fiction. This was the last book in that run. It is the first book by Turow that I have read. My reads all of his books, so if I ever want another one, I can just borrow from him.

The main story follows the murder trial of a young man who has killed his mother. He didn't actually do, but he made it happen. The book also attempts to give the back story of the main characters and how they all have a past together. The presi
Kimberly Ylitalo
Never gripped me. Sorry, Scott. Almost gave up about two-thirds through. Never cared enough about the characters. Ergo, who cares? I've already forgotten whodunit.
I read the first fourty pages but this novel just didn't work for me.
The hero was time warped by some type of deity just before the fall of a previous civilization. So we then spend too much time as this character meets a potential love interest. To add to it, the meeting is flat, prosaic and predictable. Lastly, the mentalities are little too contemporary to fit into the equivalent of a medieval, agrarian culture without a special explanation.

My feeling is that this story would have prompted me
Very very very long. Two books: flashbacks to the 70's and present trial in 90's. Could have been 2 books, I would certainly have tossed the earlier one.
Ashley FL
I could write more, I think it sums up all of my reactions to this book and its characters to say: Who cares?
Compelling, tightly structured, strong use of internal language to indicate character.
Momina Masood
Easily my favorite one of Turow and for all the most personal reasons. Seth's Dad is my own Father, and the last two eulogies break my heart every single time I read them. A very humane book! Hobie is naughty, yet irresistible in the courtroom, Sonia struggles yet keeps her own throughout and very seldom do we see traces of vulnerability in her, Seth remains a poor little simpleton yet the guy had his reasons, and the climax shocks us all! You never do see it coming with Turow, and he knows how ...more
Robin Pyburn
Superb. I have enjoyed all his books, but I think this is his best.
Hilary Xmas
took a little while to get into but worth it.
Peter Amidon
This, like all of Scott Turow's books, are great crime novels.
May 06, 2014 Roland marked it as did-not-finish
stopped on page 90
Years ago I read one of Scott Turow's books - I have no clue which one - and it offended me in some way that I cannot now remember. Since I can't remember, I decided to forgive and give him another shot. Am I ever glad I did. The Laws of our Fathers follows a court case as it unfolds, but with flashbacks to the early 70's, explains how things go to where they are. The fascinating characters in the book are my age and lived the things I lived and the whole story - a nice, long, meaty story - was ...more
This is a complicated book - changing voices with each chapter among several main characters. I think I was supposed to have learned something very deep from reading it, but I found it a bit pretentious and too long. Oh, and where is Kindle County?
For only the second time in my life I have failed to finish a book; I found the plot and the characters very boring; I have no desire to find out what happens in the last third of the book; I have managed to struggle through some very mediocre books in my life but this one was just too much for me. This is the first Scott Turow's book I have attempted to read and I am not sure I will try any of his other books.
Oct 25, 2014 Jean added it
A lot of detail with a good story line. Gotta like legal.
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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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