Thursday, February 28, 2008

Listened to: "Limitations" by Scott Turow

Listened to: Limitations by Scott Turow, 2006, downloaded from Overdrive.

Good but not specatacular. Turow's Ordinary Heroes was much better. I don't know if this counts as a legal thriller or not. I rarely read legal fiction.

George Mason is an appellate court judge in Kindle County (Chicago) and starts getting anonymous death threats via email and text messages. George's wife is recovering from cancer and George has just heard an appeal concerning a politically hot rape case.

George was an interesting character and Turow writes well but the mystery of the threats was less interesting than George's guilt about a college gangbang he participated in. That part was explored well but the rest of the story kind of lagged. George's wife and staff were also well drawn by Turow but there was not enough of them. I went back and checked Overdrive twice to see if this was an abridgement.

One of the best parts of this was the descriptions and explanations by Turow about how the appellate court works. The way judges interact among themselves and their staffs. One character in particular seemed to be partly modeled after Scalia. But, that's just a wild guess on my part.

No comments: