Personal Injuries
By Scott Turow
(Farrar Straus Giroux; 403 pages; $27)

Lawyer-turned-writer Scott Turow caught the elusive bubble of fame in 1987 with the publication of Presumed Innocent, an intense, taut mystery narrated by a first-person, morally ambiguous attorney. Set in fictional Kindle County, clearly a stand-in for Cook County (where Turow still practices law with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal), that novel practically invented the late 20th century genre of the legal thriller. (John Grisham gets some credit as well, but Grisham – an earnest, plodding moralist with an acute feel for the American hatred of large law firms and corporations – has inspired fewer imitators.)

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