Retired reporter Stewart Dubinsky last made an appearance in Presumed Innocent (1987). Here, the self-lacerating Dubinsky delves deep into his family's wartime history__one loosely based on Turow's father's experiences. For critics, the question is whether a legal-thriller writer can succeed in another genre__and the answers vary. Out of the courtroom, Turow remains an effective storyteller whose characters (Gita in particular) and details of war create immediacy and intrigue. However, his usual...more
Turow appears to give away the...more
It’s been years (2006, I think) since I read Scott Turow’s WWII novel about a son’s journey into his father’s and mother’s pasts through letters and other written artifacts. Unlike a lot of the reviewers...more
One small example: the main character, in the middle of trying to sort things out in his own life, is tailing with his best friend: "...trusting Biddy [his friend...more
The horrors of war, the limitations of law, the contradictions of society. Life is not as it appears. Turow writes of human values, of law, an of human nature. He develops his characters well and tells interesting stories, and is worth reading.
A little different type of story for Scott Turow. Most of his books take place in court rooms. Here one of the main characters is a lawyer, actually a JAG (Judge Advocate General) lawyer in WWII. Much of the story is told through a flashback method. After his father dies, Stuart Dubinsky (also featured in Presumed Innocent) tries to find out about him. Learns that he was court martialled, sentenced to hang, commuted. Stuart wants to find out about this. Turns...more
This compelling work shows us the raw side of the war, and the many “no-win” choices that had to be made by “ordinary heroes”. The story unfolds with the assistance of the lawyer who befriended the Dad during the war.
It is ver...more
Turow also said that the letters David sent to his fiancee were very much based on letters his father had send his mot...more
As Stuart Dubinsky uncovers the journal kept by his father, David Dubin, he is amazed to learn about a part of his parents' lives that they never discussed. The wartime horrors and twisted political affiliations that...more
There were some parts of it that were too descriptive and wordy for me. I did do a bit of skimming through much of the book, but I thought the characters Turow created were fascinating and original. He had me guessing till...more
To top that off, the story setting was partially modern and partially a WW II adventure and the war aspect was told with an honest air that made it feel very real at times. I liked tha...more
The story is told from the point of view of the son of the main character, who delves into uncovering his lawyer father's life as a young officer during the war, largely...more
Turow is most famous as an author of legal thrillers. He's often described as "the thinking man's John Grisham," a phrase that still undersells him in my opinion. A practicing attorney, Turow i...more
Dubin is ensnared in a passionate affair with the man's beautiful Resistance partner, enabling the OSS man to repeatedly escape Dubin's grasp. Dubin'...more
With six prior legal thrillers under his belt, Scott Turow is frequently compared to Grisham - but has seemed to us the more intellectual of the two, trading consistent quality for a much lower publication rate. And like Grisham, who branched out of his genre with books like "A Painted House" and "Skipping Christmas", Turow gives us here a war story. Indeed, the hero, David Dubin, is a "JAG", who mostly defe...more
The main character is Stewart Dubinsky, a disenchanted 55-year-old crime reporter, divorced, no longer employed. His father is recently decea...more
It's been 25 yrs. since I read a book about war, but I do remember how I would get caught up in the plot and characters and by the end how emotional I would be. I loved the patriotism, sadness, romance and overall feeling a good fictional war book would be. Sure they may not be an accurate account of war but it would make me feel good a...more
At one point, talking of General Teedle and his horrific abuse, according to Bonner, of the men in his command...more
I found this book to be enjoyable overall, but nothing about it really wow'd me. The characters, for the most part seemed to be on the flat side. I did like the character of Gideon Bidwell and thought he was an intriguing charac...more
David's search causes him to discover a true mystery as he views army documents, letters, and finally, even discovers a manuscript by his father telling the whole story.
Though this one moves a little slow, Tu...more
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