Books: Burden of Success

As a high-powered lawyer and novelist, Scott Turow has become the Bard of the Litigious Age

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury.

You have heard the charges against my client. The prosecution argues that with malice aforethought he wrote a novel, Presumed Innocent, with the intent of willfully endangering the sleep habits and on-the-job efficiency of millions of innocent readers. Furthermore, it has been claimed that my client is remorseless. The government asserts that his new novel, The Burden of Proof, contains a plot even more fiendishly complicated and irresistible than its predecessor. The prosecution would have you believe that said novel, Exhibit B, constitutes an imminent threat to the public well-being and to the gross national...

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