If there were a Mount Rushmore for the modern legal thriller, Scott Turow would be one of the novelists immortalized in granite.
But don’t take our word for it.
John Grisham, another giant of the genre, sang Turow’s praises in 2012 when The New York Times asked him to name his favorite friendly rival. “When ‘Presumed Innocent’ was published in 1987, Scott Turow re-energized the legal suspense genre,” Grisham said. “Scott is still the best lawyer-novelist.”
In the 30 years since “Presumed Innocent” put him on the map, Turow has written 10 bestsellers and sold more than 30 million copies. And he has done it while continuing to practice law. He’s a partner in the Chicago office of Dentons, an international firm. He specializes in white-collar criminal defense.
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“Testimony” (Grand Central Publishing, $28) is his first book in four years.
The story takes readers to the International Criminal Court in The Hague and a trial involving the apparent massacre of an entire Roma refugee camp in Bosnia in 2004.
Were the killers of more than 400 defenseless men, women and children Serb paramilitaries? Or were they U.S. soldiers? It’s up to expat lawyer Bill ten Boom to pin down the real story.
Also new in bookstores this week:
“G-Man,” by Stephen Hunter (Blue Rider, $27). This is the author’s 10th novel featuring Bob Lee Swagger, a.k.a. Bob the Nailer, a legendary Vietnam-era Marine sniper. The story toggles between modern day (with Bob tracing his G-Man grandfather’s footsteps) and 1934 (with granddad Charles Swagger hot on the trail of notorious Baby Face Nelson).
“Same Beach, Next Year,” by Dorothea Benton Frank (William Morrow, $27.99). This summer beach read is set in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. The main characters are Adam and Eve, former sweethearts who are now married, but not to each other. After a chance meeting, the two couples reunite every year in a tale of friendship and family tragedy.
“Chuck Klosterman X,” by Chuck Klosterman (Blue Rider, $27). Subtitled “A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century,” the stories within (published in “Esquire,” “GQ,” Grantland.com, etc.) include Q&As with Kobe Bryant, Taylor Swift and Jimmy Page. The author’s book tour includes a June 20 visit to the Dallas Museum of Art.