Books: Crimes of The Heart

THE BURDEN OF PROOF by Scott Turow

Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 515 pages; $22.95

Why did Clara Stern, wife of the distinguished trial lawyer Alejandro Stern, back her Seville into the garage, close the door and start the engine? Who was supposed to cash the $850,000 check she left with her banker before she took her life? How did this reticent Midwestern matron contract genital herpes? And what is the connection between her death and the Government's investigation of Maison Dixon, a commodity-futures firm owned by her brother-in-law Dixon Hartnell?

Readers of Scott Turow's previous blockbuster, Presumed Innocent, will know better...

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