Books: Dead Men Walking Free

In his art and in his life as a lawyer, Scott Turow takes on the legal nightmare of wrongful executions

Early in Scott Turow's new novel, Reversible Errors (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 434 pages), defense attorney Arthur Raven realizes his death-row client is almost certainly innocent. Raven, a low-profile corporate lawyer who has been drafted into the case by the federal appellate court, is close to panic. "If something goes wrong here I will feel like somebody sucked the light out of the universe."

Turow, who works as a full partner at a big Chicago law firm while turning out best sellers every three years or so (Presumed Innocent, Personal Injuries, The Laws of Our Fathers), nearly had the life sucked...

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