Reversible Errors by Scott Turow
A Novel

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A super-charged, exquisitely suspenseful novel about a vicious triple murder and the man condemned to die for it



Rommy "Squirrel" Gandolph is a Yellow Man, an inmate on death row for a 1991 triple murder in Kindle County. His slow progress toward certain execution is nearing completion when Arthur Raven, a corporate lawyer who is Rommy's reluctant court-appointed representative, receives word that another inmate may have new evidence that will exonerate Gandolph.



Arthur's opponent in the case is Muriel Wynn, Kindle County's formidable chief deputy prosecuting attorney, who is considering a run for her boss's job. Muriel and Larry Starczek, the original detective on the case, don't want to see Rommy escape a fate they long ago determined he deserved, for a host of reasons. Further complicating the situation is the fact that Gillian Sullivan, the judge who originally found Rommy guilty, is only recently out of prison herself, having served time for taking bribes.



Scott Turow's compelling, multi-dimensional characters take the reader into Kindle County's parallel yet intersecting worlds of police and small-time crooks, airline executives and sophisticated scammers--and lawyers of all stripes. No other writer offers such a convincing true-to-life picture of how the law and life interact, or such a profound understanding of what is at stake--personally, professionally, and morally--when the state holds the power to end a man's life.





 

About Scott Turow

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Scott Turow is the author of nine best-selling works of fiction including Innocent, Presumed Innocent and The Burden of Proof, and two non-fiction books including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages, sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into film and television projects. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy, and The Atlantic.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Farrar Straus Giroux. 433 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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The Guardian

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Reversible Errors by Scott Turow Picador £16.99, pp400 Oh, this is good.

Nov 24 2002 | Read Full Review of Reversible Errors: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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The first part of the book, which flips back and forth between the original investigation (1991) and the new trial (2001), is structurally the most demanding, but it is vital to the way in which Turow makes Rommy's case (as well as Arthur's and Muriel's).

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Book Reporter

When one human being crosses paths with another, both lives are dramatically altered --- for better or worse --- forever.

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Though they're on opposite sides, Raven and Wynn are dealing with similarly complicated relationship issues with figures crucial to their respective sides of the case, and whose credibility is questionable: Starczek may have coerced a confession out of a man with an IQ of 73, and Sullivan might h...

Dec 13 2002 | Read Full Review of Reversible Errors: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

It's hard to remember now, but Scott Turow was John Grisham before John Grisham.

Nov 08 2002 | Read Full Review of Reversible Errors: A Novel

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

While Turow's novel is not a case for abolishing the death penalty, it does call into serious question the way that the troublesome sentence is meted out in America.

Nov 10 2002 | Read Full Review of Reversible Errors: A Novel

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