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Personal Injuries (Kindle County Legal Thriller #5)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  4,999 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
An ambitious personal injury lawyer, Robbie Feaver finds his less-than-ethical practices coming back to haunt him when, in exchange for leniency from prosecution, he is forced into an uneasy alliance with an enigmatic female FBI agent, in a story of greed, human weakness, love, and unexpected heroism.
Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1999)
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Nov 19, 2012 Judi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-1999
The events in this novel are narrated by Defense Attorney George Mason who tells us from the start that this is a "lawyer's story, the kind attorneys like to hear and tell. About a case. About a client." So we should already know that this isn't going to be the run-of-the-mill courtroom drama.

The case at first appears to be about tax evasion. The IRS Criminal Intelligence unit has found a non-interest bearing checking account that has millions in it and large sums of money withdrawn from it. No
May 06, 2009 David rated it liked it
Shelves: completed
Robbie is a lawyer who got caught passing bribes to judges. They make a deal with him to wear a wire so they can convict the judges. Things get more and more dangerous-- but the story is more about Robbie's philosophy of life and his impact on those around him.. his own lawyer and the beautiful F.B.I. agent posing as his new legal secretary and his wife, who is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease.

This is a tough book to read. Robbie's philosophy is to love those around him, though he does it th
Thomas Devine
May 06, 2014 Thomas Devine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
With a review of a 1999 copyrighted book I've obviously come across it in a second-hand shop. As a writer, I know this does the author out of a royalty (and regret that) but it's the best I can afford. And second-hand sales at least get an author additional readers. It's also a fact that I find myself more comfortable with traditional fiction writing from last century than some of its more modern forms.

One way to judge a book is by how well it measures up to its cover blurbs.

I agree with the "Gu
Crick Waters
Oct 28, 2013 Crick Waters rated it did not like it
I did not like this book. From little thinks like Turow's insistence on shifting from referring to characters by first name then last name, even in the same paragraph. Really? Why?? Purely annoying to the reader having to keep track of what's going on in two character name-spaces. It would have been one thing if certain characters referred to each other by last name for effect, but that wasn't the case. This book is in the third person -

I suspect I was supposed to care about the main character
Aug 20, 2012 Liz rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
I had hopes that this book would be better than the one I just read – I was still charged from the plot turn and rather hopeful to read a true page turner. Nope – didn't happen. This book did not hold my interest. It was overly descriptive, slow and drawn out. It was actually painful to read. I continued through the book hoping as Pleading Guilty, it would suddenly be good – it never happened. I would not recommend this book.
Feb 28, 2010 Tracey rated it it was ok
I hadn't read a Scott Turow book since probably the late 80s. I think my reading taste has advanced since those days. This book had complex legal machinations and intricately woven character parts, but was hard for me to follow - hard to remember all the characters' names. I just wasn't that impressed. Interesting story, but too long and too much intricate info for me.
Arlene Sanders
Jul 26, 2009 Arlene Sanders rated it it was amazing
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I know Robbie Feaver.

Maybe you do, too — if you’re lucky.

In my opinion, Robbie is among the most brilliantly — and lovingly — created characters in fiction.

Robbie is a lawyer, a nice Jewish boy, handsome, sexy, funny, and a complex human being.

“You could never count on him for honesty, assuming he even knew what it was. He was unruly and incorrigible. But if she stumbled, he’d come running. She couldn’t even say for sure she’d be able to reach out when he extended a hand. But he’d be there. she
May 13, 2010 Ross rated it did not like it
Seeking mysteries I happened upon this work and having read Presumed Innocent long ago, and 4-5 years ago I had read a well written non-fiction documentary by Turow of a noted miscarriage of justice. So I decided to give it a try.
The story starts off with what portends to be an intersting plot. But then for the technically picky reader like me (scientist) it becomes contrived nonsense. For example, the author asks us to believe the anti-hero, a crooked personal injury attorney, has been practic
Aug 07, 2012 katie rated it really liked it
I liked this book. As hard as it was to get into at first with all the legal jargon and long paragraphs, this book really is a story about a confused, lost, idealist human being. While Robbie made mistakes and lied constantly, he was a deep character that Turow wrote incredibly well. The plot wasn't the most exciting, but I think the story was more about building the characters. (It was strange that we knew less about the narrator than any of the other people.) The depiction of Rainey and ALS wa ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Personal Injuries, by Scott turow, a-minus, Narrated by Mark Bramhall, Produced by Hachette Audio, downloaded from

Robbie Feaver is a well-known personal injury lawyer who almost always wins his cases. He is partnered with a lawyer he has known all his life, and the two work well together. But the Federal Distyrict Attorney and the FBI find out that he had fraudulently withheld money from the IRS. It’s quite a bit of money, so the prosecutor gets Robbie to agree to wear a wire and in
Feb 09, 2013 Alison rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, it was a pretty good read. Overall it was a good story but, there were times I almost got bored with things that really didn't play that much into the story line. I did like toward the end when things started to come together, good twists and turns and an ending I didn't see coming which I think maybe I should have. Hind sight is 20/20 right, like the 6th Sense, you go back and watch it a 2nd time and you're like "Ah, Bruce Willis WAS dead the whole time!" Sorry if I spoiled ...more
Sep 11, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it
Wow! What a great read. Scott Turow's writing is ourstanding: storyline, dialogue and character development are all first-rate. I didn't see the ending coming the way it came. Made perfect sense but still a real suprise. This story also resonated with me on a personal level. The description of one of the character's struggle with ALS, with it's slow and hideous progression, was painfully accurate. Having watched ALS slowly take my father's life in 1999 (but not his dignity) I can attest to both ...more
Krizia Anna
Aug 01, 2011 Krizia Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a remarkable book from an author and a genre I don't usually read about. I was quite shocked that I liked this. The story was well thought of, well paced and well written. The characters are memorable and they became a part of you. It's a law story that has heart and I think that what was good about it. I think this book is underrated so I recommend everybody to grab a copy and read it! Watch out for the twist at the end!
Dec 31, 2012 Abbas rated it really liked it
I was delighted by the "density" of the descriptions of both the outer and inner worlds of the places and people in the book.
Mar 08, 2017 Jane rated it did not like it
goes on and on and on. good to fall asleep by.
Feb 22, 2017 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My average rating is in the low 3's, an overall rating that very much resembles a bell curve. When I first started reading this novel, it was in bed before nodding off for the night. After a 100 pages or so, I knew that this story needed to be consumed when I was fully alert, ie. during daylight hours. That is when the story became alive for me. This is a story about good gone bad, a story about a person's life, in this case a lawyer, with his practice, with his mother, with his wife, and with h ...more
Margot Peter
Jul 05, 2017 Margot Peter rated it liked it
I have read this on and off for a couple of months, in between more compelling books. Certainly not my favorite Scott Turow, far to long and detailed about legal corruption with the added sadness of ALS as a back story. Intrigue and corruption abound.
Kevin Kimbrough
Jan 05, 2017 Kevin Kimbrough rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book, love the plot. It was one of the best novels I read in awhile. I would definitely be reading more of his books.
Kevin Roones
Jun 29, 2017 Kevin Roones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good legal thriller with interesting characters.
Anne Barrett
Mar 14, 2017 Anne Barrett rated it really liked it
It took me about 1/3 of the book to get committed to finish it. The last 1/3 I couldn't put down - by then I was very involved in the characters and their lives.
St Fu
Apr 06, 2016 St Fu rated it really liked it
I read Presumed Innocent a long time ago and didn't read any of the sequels. I'm not sure why I started on this one at all, actually. I didn't know any of the characters who may or may not have appeared in earlier books of the series. I feel like I may now legally proceed with the review.

I'm not sure if this would count as a genre book. It has police and crime in it so probably, but it transcends the category in that there are actual characters in it. The narrator is barely a character at all, t
Nguyen Phuong
Jan 19, 2012 Nguyen Phuong rated it it was amazing
ull of surprises and a darn good yarn, Personal Injuries is a fun read. Check it out. But if you want something more substantive, go back and read Laws instead.

A book where deception is the game and to the main character Bobbie Feaver a chance tp show off his acting skill to the world while living a lie. Bobbie tells himself did all those deeds for love but it end then he he wake one not knowing who he really.

But over time Feaver grows on you and the reader and Miller—who can't stand him initial
Sep 30, 2012 Amber rated it really liked it
I liked this one better than Pleading Guilty, the other Turow novel I've read dealing with a financial crime rather than a murder. The character depth in this book was amazing. I found myself hating Robbie Feaver and then, by the end of the book, forgiving him for all his indiscretions. Evon Miller was the other character I really felt attached to by the end of the book. I thought Turow did an incredible job filling out her character, which left me feeling like I didn't really know her until nea ...more
Mar 17, 2016 Ric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story about lawyers and judges, behaving either nobly or despicably. Best classified as a drama rather than a thriller.

Corrupt judges hand out favorable decisions on personal injury cases for some moolah in a grand conspiracy. The IRS sniffs out the untaxed flow of money, and a district attorney initiates a massive sting operation. The book is ostensibly a narrative of how the events unfold. However, most of the prose is dedicated to examining the motivations and desires of the main characters
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it really liked it
I love when Scott Turow writes about drama in a courtroom. He has a brilliant eye for behaviors and developments that are sensational without being impossible, and my favorite of his books are the ones with long scenes in court. This book has many scenes about mundane court appearances that have secret malicious undertones, but most of it focuses outside the courthouse, so I liked it less than some of his more well-known works. Still, I really enjoyed this tale of a complicated federal corruptio ...more
Feb 12, 2017 Janet rated it did not like it
nope...listened to abridged audiobooks on road trip
Aug 03, 2007 Anne rated it did not like it
After enjoying Presumed Innocent and Innocent, I thought I'd go back and read some of Turow's earlier works. Personal Injuries starts with a lawyer caught in the midst of a judicial bribery scheme. Caught in the cross-hairs of the justice department, Robbie Feaver, agrees to wear a wire and participate in an undercover scheme to bring down the corrupt judges. While I don't like these lawyer mysteries that take place entirely in the courtroom - I do like a little legal drama - which this book did ...more
Brent Soderstrum
May 09, 2010 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it
I enjoy Turow as an author. He gives you an in depth look into each of the characters in the book.

Robbie Feaver is a personal injury attorney who is caught by the IRS with a bank account he can't account for. Turns out the funds were used to pay off judges to get better results for his clients. This practice isn't the exception in Kindle County it is the norm. The government cuts a deal with Robbie: help them bust the corrupt judges and the sentence Robbie must serve will be reduced. The FBI get
Vicki Elia
Jul 17, 2014 Vicki Elia rated it it was amazing
Audiobook Review
4 3/4 Stars

This novel is perhaps Turow's greatest piece of fiction of his entire collection.

It's not a legal courtroom drama. It is the story of Robbie Feaver, a high-end ambulance chaser, who is caught in a bribery scheme that includes all the Judges and their minions in Kindle County. Robbie reluctantly agrees to flip on the Judges and work with the FBI. His motives are relatively simple -- he wants to protect his long-time partner Mort and his wife Lorraine, who is dying of A
Neil Pierson
Feb 11, 2013 Neil Pierson rated it really liked it
Turow is so damned good. I really hope he is as good a lawyer as he seems, and he's not taking yobboes like me for a ride.

This is a gritty story of the (non-financial) cost of municipal corruption and the (non-financial) cost of fighting it. As always, Turow shows us the wheels turning inside his characters' heads as they plan and scheme. The revelation here is that bribery and graft aren't very much fun. Silly me for thinking that these guys used the dough to make whoopee with good booze, fast
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Scott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, including IDENTICAL, INNOCENT, PRESUMED INNOCENT, and THE BURDEN OF PROOF, and two nonfiction books, including ONE L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has fre ...more
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Kindle County Legal Thriller (10 books)
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  • The Burden of Proof (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #2)
  • Pleading Guilty (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #3)
  • The Laws Of Our Fathers (Kindle County, #4)
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  • Limitations (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #7)
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