Books: The Best Books Of 1999


1 PERSONAL INJURIES Readers have come to expect something more than gripping plots from Scott Turow's legal thrillers, and this latest offers a mesmerizing main character. Robbie Feaver, a successful lawyer who has been caught bribing judges in Kindle County, becomes a pawn in an elaborate federal scheme to trap his beneficiaries on the bench. Along the way, Turow's suspenseful story deepens into a meditation on the nature of personal loyalties and the shady space between ethics and the law.

2 A DANGEROUS FRIEND by Ward Just. A well-meaning American sociologist arrives in Vietnam in the mid-1960s on a quasi-official...

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