BOOKS: UP AGAINST THE LAW

SCOTT TUROW'S NEW LEGAL THRILLER PUTS THE '60S GENERATION ON TRIAL

A drive-by shooting in front of a gang-infested housing project leaves an elderly white woman dead. The police wonder what she was doing on these mean streets at the break of dawn. Gang leader Ordell Trent, a.k.a. Hardcore, whom witnesses place at the scene, accepts a plea bargain to tell what he knows. The woman, he explains, was the mother of his probation officer, Nile Eddgar, and an unintended victim; the gang had actually been paid, by Nile, to kill someone else--Nile's father Loyell Eddgar, an influential state senator.

As Scott Turow's legions of readers will immediately understand, this murder is...

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