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General Information

Name:  Scott Turow  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1949 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Turow was born in Chicago and raised in the northern suburbs. He graduated from New Trier High School. He has lived in Chicago most of his life and currently resides in Wilmette.

Biographical and Professional Information

Scott Turow is an American author, as well as a practicing lawyer. He is a partner in the Chicago office of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal an international law firm. Turow wrote his first novel, ''Presumed Innocent'', while riding to work on a commuter train. It was his first best seller. Since then, Turow's books have been translated into over 40 languages and have sold over 30 million copies. Several motion pictures and television series have been based on his books.On several occasions, Turow has presented at the National Book Festival in Washington DC. Links to his webcasts are below:*[ 2001 Book Festival Webcast (part 1)]*[ 2001 Book Festival Webcast (part 2)]*[ 2006 Book Festival Webcast]*[ 2010 Book Festival Webcast]

Published Works

  • One L, Putnam, 1977
  • Presumed Innocent, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1987
  • The Burden of Proof, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1990
  • Pleading Guilty , Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1993
  • The Laws of Our Fathers, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1996
  • Personal Injuries, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999
  • Reversible Errors, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002
  • Death Penalty, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003
  • Ultimate Punishment, A Lawyer`s Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003
  • Ordinary Heroes, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005
  • Limitations, Picador, 2006
  • Innocent, Grand Central Publishing, 2010
  • Identical, Grand Central Publishing, 2013
  • Testimony, Grand Central Publishing, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

One L /
ISBN: 0399119329. OCLC Number:

Putnam,. New York :. ©1977.

The law-student author recounts the workload, conflicts, pressures, anxieties, relationships, and educational content of the critical and difficult first year at Harvard's prestigious and demanding law school.

Presumed innocent /
ISBN: 0374237131. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus, Giroux,. New York :. ©1987.

Rusty Sabich is an up-and-comer in the county prosecutor's office. He's intelligent, hard working, dependable. And, just maybe, he's also a murderer.

The burden of proof /
ISBN: 0446584177. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. New York :. 1990.

The sequel to "Presumed Innocent", in which the same main character appears. Alejandro "Sandy" Stern, the most celebrated defense lawyer in the Mid-western city where he lives, comes home from a business trip to find that Clara, his wife of 30 years, has committed suicide.

Pleading guilty /
ISBN: 0374234574. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. New York :. 1993.

"Kindle County, Where skies are generally gray and the truth is seldom simple, is one of the most renowned and fascinating locales in contemporary American fiction. In Pleading Guilty Scott Turow takes us there again, in an edge-of-the-chair story rife with indelible characters and riveting suspense - 1993's most unforgettable reading experience." "Our guide is McCormack A. "Mack" Malloy, fiftyish ex-cop, almost ex-drunk, and partner-on-the-wane at Gage & Griswell, one of Kindle County's top-notch law firms, who has been charged by the firm's Oversight Committee with a highly sensitive task. Bert Kamin, G & G's gifted, erratic, impossibly combative star litigator, has been missing for weeks. Also missing is $5.6 million from a fund established to settle a massive air-disaster class-action suit against TransNational Airlines, the world's largest carrier and G & G's biggest client. The Committee needs Mack to find Bert and the money. Immediately." "His search takes us into the inner sanctums of G & G, where Mack's close-to-the-vest partners - among them his good friend and sometime bedmate Emilia "Brushy" Bruccia - jockey and plot. He ventures into the dark heart of the city itself, to the Russian bath in the far West End, where the mysterious Kam Roberts has left tracks. Before long he runs up against his former beat partner and longtime nemesis, the odious Pigeyes. And a cold corpse." "Mack is foul-mouthed, expansive, and sensual, weighed down by a profound familiarity with the ways of the world and his own ineradicable weaknesses, yet blessed with an incorrigible black-Irish sense of humor. He carries secrets of his own and knows that, as the police are fond of saying, there are no victims. Lovable, unreliable, a master sleuth, and an inimitable guide to an ominous and enthralling world, he may well be Scott Turow's supreme fictional creation to date."--Jacket.

The laws of our fathers /
ISBN: 0374184232. OCLC Number:

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The murder trial of a Black gangster accused of killing a State senator's wife, shot driving her husband's car. Question is, was the ambush meant for the senator, as police claim, or was she, in fact, the intended victim in a plot involving the senator?

Personal injuries /
ISBN: 0374281947. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. New York :. 1999.

An FBI operation is held to catch a group of corrupt judges in high places. The central figure is a crooked lawyer who bribed judges on his cases. Nabbed by the IRS for tax evasion, he agrees to be wired and serve as bait in return for a reduced sentence.

Reversible errors /
ISBN: 0374281602. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus, Giroux,. New York :. 2002.

This suspenseful novel is about a vicious triple murder and the man condemned to die for it. Complicating the situation is that the judge who originally found the man guilty is only recently out of prison herself, having served time for taking bribes.

Ultimate punishment :
ISBN: 0374128731. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux,. New York :. 2003.

In this vivid account of how his views on the death penalty have evolved, Turow describes his own experiences with capital punishment from his days as an impassioned young prosecutor to his recent service on the Illinois commission which investigated the administration of the death penalty and influenced Governor George Ryan's unprecedented commutation of the sentences of 164 death row inmates on his last day in office.

Ordinary heroes /
ISBN: 0374184216. OCLC Number:

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Stewart Dubinsky plunges into the mystery of his family's secret history when he discovers his deceased father's wartime letters to his former fiancée, revealing his court-martial and imprisonment during World World II.

Limitations /
ISBN: 0312426453. OCLC Number:

Picador,. New York :. 2006.

While presiding over a rape case, Judge George Mason questions his professional abilities and the law itself.

Innocent /
ISBN: 0446562424. OCLC Number:

Grand Central Pub.,. New York :. 2010.

"INNOCENT continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, twenty years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife"--Provided by publisher.

Identical /
ISBN: 1455527203. OCLC Number:

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A mayoral candidate's brother is released from prison 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, a situation that leads to the re-opening of the case.

Testimony /
ISBN: 1455553549. OCLC Number:

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At the age of fifty, prosecutor Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his law career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped by the International Criminal Court, an organization charged with prosecuting crimes against humanity, he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career. Over ten years ago, in the apocalyptic chaos following the Bosnian war, an entire Roma refugee camp vanished. Now for the first time, a witness has stepped forward: Ferko Rincic claims that armed men marched the camp's Gypsy residents to a cave in the middle of the night -- and then with a hand grenade set off an avalanche, burying 400 people alive. Only Ferko survived. Boom's task is to examine Ferko's claims and determine who might have massacred the Roma. His investigation takes him from the International Criminal Court's base in Holland to the cities and villages of Bosnia and secret meetings in Washington, DC, as Boom sorts through a host of suspects ranging from Serb paramilitaries to organized crime gangs to the US government itself, while also maneuvering among the alliances and treacheries of those connected to the case: Layton Merriwell, a disgraced United States major general desperate to salvage his reputation; Sergeant Major Atilla Doby, a vital cog in American military operations near the camp at the time of the Roma's disappearance; Laza Kajevic, the brutal former leader of the Bosnian Serbs; Esma Czarni, Ferko's alluring barrister; and of course, Ferko himself, on whose testimony the entire case rests -- and who may know more than he's telling.


Body of Work

  • Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 2007
  • Silver Dagger, British Crime Writers
  • Identical

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015
  • Ultimate Punishment

  • Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, 2004
  • Reversible Errors

  • Heartland Prize for Fiction, 2003
  • Personal Injuries

  • Time Magazines Best Work of Fiction, 1999

    Speaking Engagements

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