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(Kindle County Legal Thriller #7)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  2,094 ratings  ·  246 reviews
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by Picador
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Steve Hall
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have always enjoyed Scott Turow. Legal "thrillers" almost always leave me unable to suspend disbelief, because, as a lawyer, I rankle at the obvious legal flaws introduced by authors either unintentionally (by those who wouldn't know better) or intentionally (by even such greats as John Grisham) in order to make the plot work. I cannot recall any instance where Turow has succumbed to that temptation.

But Limitations goes far beyond avoiding that flaw. I attribute the less than stellar ratings
Una Tiers
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
While a judge grapples with actions the defendant is charged with, the story was stale. This does not equal some earlier books.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Presumed Innocent is one of Turow's primo best books. Now there comes legal mysteries 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 past. At fifty-nine he has sat as a judge in the Court of Appeals in Kindle County for nearly a decade. Yet when a disturbing rape case is brought before
Although not my favorite Scott Turow story, I felt the turmoil George Mason, one of the presiding judges in the Court of Appeals, is faced with as he examines the facts in the rape case recently assigned to him. The case causes George to look into his own life, reevaluate his stance on the law and his responsibility to it. Many novels present the story from the lawyers viewpoint of a case and it was refreshing to consider the story from the judges perspective. I would like to think that most ...more
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Turow's shortest (197 pp) novel is one of his most interesting. At its core, someone is sending death threats to appellate judge George Mason, long a model of what a judge and lawyer should be. He is what he seems to be, so what is behind the threats? The novel tells the reader a lot about how justice works. The quote from Oliver Wendell Homes that the law is not about logic but about experience is born out by its fairly moving if imperfect conclusion. Turow has always written with precision and ...more
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: scott turrow, legal thriller, rusty sabich
This book took me a couple trys but after having done so, I have to say it was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I think that readers should be warned that it starts out slow. But once you get past the first few chapters it slow picks up.
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: legal beagles
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Aug 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Found this book while rearranging / repacking. Not a bad story May have to go back and read some others by Scott Throw.
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The only more perfect mystery I have read is Høeg's "Smilla's Sense of Snow." And that's saying something.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it

Anyone who reads this with close attention should earn 2 credit hours for the Scott Turow Law School course, “Statute of Limitations 101.” But it is not all about the trial since the judge has been receiving some death threats, making it a mystery story as well as a legal seminar. A good, quick read!

Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
One of those books with a good story line to begin with, but then ceased to stay interesting.
Karl Jorgenson
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Turow has the most complex, most real characters of any writer I’ve read. This plus his exceptionally beautiful prose make every word worth it. As usual, his weak-point is the plot: here, a lot of anxiety is wasted on red-herring threats, only to resolve things with a simple, non-dangerous outcome. Still, it’s such a good read because of the way he writes. Bonus here, for the first time in his series, he’s managed to limit himself to 90,000 words or so, about half of his usual, bloated book. ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: novel
Judge George Mason is at a moral and professional crossroad with only three choices for a way forward, none of which offer any hope for his nagging conscience.

George, a former criminal defense attorney familiar with internal struggles between loathing, amusement, intrigue, envy, and empathy, is now an appeals court judge hearing motions about a case that has multiple mitigating factors. The case is old, and the clock is about to run out on the law’s statute of limitations for rape. The politics
Mar 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of legal drama
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May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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 ...more
John Harder
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Several college students rape a girl while she is passed out, the statute of limitations has expired, but the rapists have kept and continue to view a video of their nefarious deed during the intervening time. Does the statute expire? Personally, I don’t see why this should be an issue as long as the girl has a father who also owns a baseball bat, but this most reasonable option is never addressed.

Turow does a good job laying out the plot and everything moves along nicely, but this sort of novel
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.

there's more on my blog
Bruce Wright
May 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
This guys is so inconsistent and tries on a few things that I can't abide. I loved Presumed Innocent, great court room thriller. One of those books that you read and think 'That'd make a good movie' and it did. His next book 'Burden of Proof' was very disappointing made more so by the author wanting us to forgive the main character after raping his friend. Limitations tries on the same thing, this time with what amounts to a gang rape. The author carries on like it's OK. It's not OK. Don't read ...more
Jan 18, 2010 rated it liked it
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...
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was my least favorite Turow book. I never did "get" the legal argument in the Warnovitz case despite re-reading several times. I also felt that when we found out who the person threatening the main character was, it was kind of a "gotcha". Readers did not have enough information to figure out who the culprit might have been.
Eric Parsons
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
A rather quick read with a couple of confusing threads, this novel is still a good one to pick up for those who are fans of the legal fiction genre. Reappearances by many characters help to make the reader feel a connection with what is going on, with frequent flashbacks that add humanity to the legal question at stake.
Jan 08, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Kim Tong Lim
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent some thirty years ago. This fiction was a hit in 1987 when it was first published. Since then I had read Burden of Proof and Identical. The fiction Limitations is my latest read by the author. It was first released in 2006.

Judge George Mason is the central figure in this novel. He sat as the senior judge of a panel of three judges of the Court of Appeals in the criminal sexual rape case of People v. Jacob Warnovits et al. The statute of
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
So apparently I tried to read Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow like 6 years ago but I marked it “couldn’t finish” here on Goodreads. Well I actually did finish Limitations but a part of me really feels like I didn’t necessarily have to. This was a short read at only 197 pages; so I could’ve finished this a lot sooner but I had put this one down and read another in between for work.

I love legal/lawyer/court room drama books and this one definitely checked that box but I honestly feel like this
Sharon Clark
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second time that I've read this book and my opinion is the same - it is brilliant! The story was believable and fascinating, detailing all of the ethical and legal considerations a judge, George Mason, must make in deciding whether to affirm or deny a horrendous case which is under appeal. Here, the judge's personal history mirrors some of the aspect's of the case and may influence his decision. "Limitations" was extremely well written, presenting two legal perspectives with such ...more
Frederick Tan
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: law
Appellate judge George Mason faced a dilemma when the case People vs Warnovits came before him. To affirm the trial judge's judgement against the four young men for sexual assault or reject their appeal on the ground of limitation. He reflected on something similar that has happen in his life when he first starts out as a freshman in college. Turrow is a master story teller who weaves an intricate story of the personal struggle and angst of the judge as he grappled with the illness of his wife ...more
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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 ...more

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