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

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  3,226 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
A drive-by shooting of an aging white woman at a gang-plagued Kindle County housing project sets in motion Scott Turow's intensely absorbing novel. With its riveting suspense and idelibly drawn characters, The Laws of our Fathers shows why Turow is not only the master of the modern legal thriller but also one of America's most engaging and satisfying novelists.
ebook, 817 pages
Published June 11th 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1996)
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Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 19, 2012 Judi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
Aug 04, 2009 Bonnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
John Nelson
Sep 06, 2014 John Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2015 Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 24, 2013 Francie rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 25, 2009 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ada Iaboni
Jul 17, 2015 Ada Iaboni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gave me such a dose of reality that I'm still shaking my head over!
Not only does it give us, the us that has a real feel or lived through the 60s, a colored view of the world that rarely matches reality, but also the disappointed feelings of unresolved or unfinished business.
The trial and view points of the participants was so different from what really happened that again, it makes you think and shake in disbelief. A testament to the unreal that makes you wonder if justice actually e
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.
St Fu
Oct 19, 2016 St Fu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of the time it was a very involving, character driven story spanning the decades from the 60s through the 90s, held together with unexpected plot twists and the obligatory court case. Sometimes it got too philosophical--and I'm the guy who reads actual philosophy but novels should show more and tell less, and the romance kept me at a distance which only lawyer love could do.

I liked various versions of reality undercutting each other and the way the characters from the 60s try to figure it a
Paula Dembeck
Mar 14, 2016 Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was Turow’s fourth, one of the Kindle County Series.
It begins with an early morning drive-by shooting in a drug infested ghetto. June Eddgar, an elderly white woman never seen in the housing projects before, is shot while driving her former husband’s car. No one knows what June was doing there and whether the shooting is a case of mistaken identity, with the true target being June’s husband Loyell. Gang member Ordell Trent, a Top Rank member of the Black Saints Disciples and known by
Andy Miller
Aug 16, 2016 Andy Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This great novel ties two story threads from different eras together; a present day murder trial (the novel was written in 1996) and the intertwined lives of the Judge, defense attorney, murder victim, defendant and a reporter covering the trial from 26 years ago when all were immersed in radical politics of a thinly disguised Berkley.
The novel starts with the murder itself told from the perspective from a gang leader, Hardcore who later pleads guilty in exchange for testifying against the eve
Oct 01, 2016 Mrmorrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I was really put off by the opening chapter (the crime, gangsters, etc.) and set the book aside. I'm so glad I eventually picked it up again! Human drama, courtroom drama, the sixties... a great read!
Richard Wagner
no one is gong to accuse this book of being a pager-turner. it takes forever to build up a head of steam, then it trundles off into the distance finally to its merciful end. actually, i think there's a good story in here somewhere. it might have been a decent book at half it's 800+ pages.
Christine Dosa
Jan 02, 2016 Christine Dosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody who likes great writing
I've always liked watching television programs about the law--fictional law. LA Law, Boston Legal, Ali McBeal, The Good Wife, Ironside (way back when), Perry Mason, Burke's Law even. I haven't gotten into reading fictional law stories. I've only read a couple of John Grisham books and though they were fast-paced, action packed and interesting, they don't compare to Scott Turow's books. I read one or two many years ago and just recently picked this one up off my "to read" book shelf. I have no id ...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
Stephen Christian
This is the third of Turow's books that I have read, the other two being Presumed Innocent and its sequel Innocent. This story takes place in the same fictitious Kindle County as those books, although the only character from those books appearing in this one is the prosecutor, Tommy Molto.

The story jumps between 1970 and 1995 and then back again throughout. Sometimes this had a disappointing effect for me. The story would approach a climax only for the next chapter to take us back to 1970 or fo
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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
Kate Watson
Jan 24, 2014 Kate Watson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
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
Oct 23, 2011 Francine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 03, 2016 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time going back and forth through time with Seth on this, although I loved the book. I'd love to understand why the author did this? I'm going to have to read up on his interviews to understand. Found myself wanting to skip through these years to get to the current.

I know the gang terminology makes it realistic, but it made it a little difficult to understand during the trial. It does make the book, and definitely the Niles character and what he goes through that much more realistic
Apr 21, 2009 Marcus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Overwrought, overlong, disjointed, indulgent and meandering, and too drunk on its own self-importance to realize it's just a dressed-up law romance about the typical 90's characters (think: the family from American Beauty, where there's nothing really wrong in their lives but their ~ feeeeeeeeeeeeelings are oh so wound up and oh there's so much drama and oh things are so hard and complex and oh no one really loves them which makes it hard for them to love themselves which makes it hard for o ...more
Aug 03, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has a Turow-style intricate puzzle that explores the nature of criminal justice, a look back at the 60s and
a good exploration of how many possible explanations there are for any given action.

But I also came away with a renewed appreciation for Turow as a writer's writer. In one spot he talked about two people getting caught up in "the estuaries of habit." In another place, at a funeral when one character allows another person to see his or her pain, Turow talked about it as when in gardeni
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
Jan 08, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ken Wyne
Jan 14, 2016 Ken Wyne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller
This is the one book of Turow's that was only O.K. I found this book a little difficult to follow and the story just dragged on. It didn't have climactic and anti-climactic flow, the way books normally do to keep grabbing your interest. It seemed like he just continued to try to plot build, and jumped back and forth between the characters younger lives and the present. But, in doing so, it made the book just drag (at least for me). I was a bit disappointed, as I normally like Turows writing...
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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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