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Scott Turow

USA flag (1949 - )

Scott Turow was born in Chicago in 1949. He graduated with high honors from Amherst College in 1970, receiving a fellowship to Stanford University Creative Writing Center which he attended from 1970 to 1972. From 1972 to 1975 Turow taught creative writing at Stanford. In 1975, he entered Harvard Law School, graduating with honors in 1978. From 1978 to 1986, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, serving as lead prosecutor in several high-visibility federal trials investigating corruption in the Illinois judiciary. In 1995, in a major pro bono legal effort he won a reversal in the murder conviction of a man who had spent 11 years in prison, many of them on death row, for a crime another man confessed to.

Today, he is a partner in the Chicago office of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal an international law firm, where his practice centers on white-collar criminal litigation and involves representation of individuals and companies in all phases of criminal matters. Turow lives outside Chicago.
Anthology series
Best American Mystery Stories (with Otto Penzler)
The Best American Mystery Stories 2006 (2006)
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Scott Turow recommends
Maigret At the Gai-Moulin (1931)
(Inspector Maigret, book 10)
Georges Simenon
"Cool and clever... All mystery buffs should celebrate."
Shadow of a Doubt (1991)
(Charley Sloan, book 1)
William J Coughlin
"A great read!"
Total Eclipse (1995)
Liz Rigbey
"Simply remarkable, as daring and unpredictable as any ending I can recall."
Into Thin Air (1995)
(Kurt Muller, book 1)
Thomas Zigal
"Into Thin Air is terrific. This is a book to savor and to admire."
A Jury of Her Peers (1996)
Jean Hanff Korelitz
"A smart, stylish legal thriller... wonderful.. full of intrigue."
Red Mercury (1996)
Max Barclay (Ben Sherwood)
"Red Mercury is riveting - and likely to make you think twice about a trip to the Olympics."
The Face of Justice (1998)
Bill Blum
"Blum is a welcome addition to the lawyer novelist ranks."
Harmful Intent (1999)
Baine Kerr
"The best novel about a trial I've read since Snow Falling on Cedars."
Money to Burn (2002)
James Zagel
"An engrossing fast-paced tale of an amazing caper."
Sea of Bones (2004)
Ron Faust
"A writer of enormous talent, a stylist to admire and a storyteller of great power."
Murder on the Majestic (2005)
Mitchell Graham
"Enjoyable... a fine story, well written...simply top-notch."
The Stolen Heart (2005)
Lauren Kelly
"A writer of formidable talent."
Loving Frank (2007)
Nancy Horan
"This graceful, assured first novel tells the remarkable story of the long-lived affair between Frank Lloyd Wright, a passionate and impossible figure, and Mamah Cheney, a married woman whom Wright beguiled and led beyond the restraint of convention. It is engrossing, provocative reading."
The Eleventh Man (2008)
Ivan Doig
"The Eleventh Man is about loyalty and survival and sacrifice - and love - and remains intensely suspenseful and moving throughout."
Have a Little Faith (2009)
Mitch Albom
"Have a Little Faith is an absolute wonder--tender, transporting, and deeply moving, a profound meditation on kindling the light that struggles in billions of hearts. It is the answer to anyone who believed they'd never again read a book with the soul and grace of Tuesdays with Morrie."
Spooner (2009)
Pete Dexter
"One of the greatest American writers, a storyteller who cuts straight to the nerve."
The Sherlockian (2010)
Graham Moore
"A well-written, fast-paced, and completely engaging homage to the legacy of Arthur Conan Doyle."
Bringing Adam Home (2011)
Joe Matthews and Les Standiford
"This tale of TV host John Walsh's son Adam and the twenty-seven year search for his killer is truly terrific."
A Killing in the Hills (2012)
(Bell Elkins, book 1)
Julia Keller
"A gripping, beautifully crafted murder mystery."
Unintended Consequences (2012)
(Innocent Prisoners Project, book 1)
Marti Green
"An engrossing, well-conceived legal thriller, Most enjoyable."
The Flinch Factor (2013)
(Rachel Gold, book 8)
Michael A Kahn
"...a clever engrossing legal thriller punctuated by sharp humor and many unexpected developments."
The Driver (2017)
Hart Hanson
"The Driver is everything a great thriller should be--always smart, often funny, and relentlessly exciting. I loved every page."

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