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Limitations by Scott Turow

Limitations (2006)

by Scott Turow

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An appellate court judge must decide a case that brings up unpleasant memories from his own past and confuses the matter for him. He's also receiving strange, threatening emails from an unknown source.

I really enjoyed the way this short novel explored the issues of law surrounding the case involved while coupling them with the personal issues of the judge. The suspense-y mystery-y bit about who was sending him the emails was less interesting to me, but it has a really excellent resolution and pay-off in the end. Recommended. ( )
  lycomayflower | Sep 29, 2016 |
This is my first book by Scott Turow. An LT friend had reviewed it earlier this month, and it wound up on my library wishlist. A court of appeals judge, George Mason, is sitting on a case involving rape of a 15 year old girl by four high school students. The statute of limitations had passed before she brought it to attention, and the video tape of the whole incident may or may not have been legally shown in court. George is one of three judges who must decide whether the verdict should stand, and he is the deciding vote. He is distracted by his wife's cancer diagnosis, and also by death threats that he has been receiving in email. He also has memory of an incident in his own past during college and this is making him question his reasoning in the case. Although classified as a thriller, I wouldn't call it thrilling in the same vein as the book I recently read by Stephen King. It was slower, and maybe more thoughtful. ( )
  NanaCC | May 16, 2016 |
A very good exploration of a tough subject in a limited context. Appellate Judge George Mason must revisit his own youth after hearing arguments in a case involving an old sexual assault. He and his two colleagues on the appeals court each see the case a bit differently. Although combining any two positions will result in a majority opinion, there is no real consensus, and a split opinion is likely to open many old wounds. Mason must decide how to write an opinion that will not only be supported by the facts and arguments, but will be "just". This gets fairly technical on the legal issues, and it's a little hard for me to judge (sorry) how it will strike the average reader. Having lived with this kind of reasoning for nearly 40 years, I absorbed it easily, but I do think Turow did a decent job of making it accessible to the lay reader. Mason has personal and professional stuff going on that complicates his decision. (It wouldn't be much of a novel, otherwise.) Someone is sending him e-mail death threats, and it might be someone very close to him. His wife is under treatment for cancer, and he doesn't want to upset her by bringing THAT crap home, but his security people insist he must have protection. Intrigue and red herrings...the usual stuff well-handled. But the mature judicial male confronting his randy teenage self, and getting his consciousness raised in real time as well, is the best part of this page-turner. ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Apr 17, 2016 |
Not my favorite of Scott Turow's, but not bad. I enjoyed it. Quick read, page turner. A couple of plots that seem like they might intertwine, but don't quite. As always with Mr Turow thought provoking. ( )
  njcur | Aug 4, 2015 |
Não desgostei, mas estava à espera de outra coisa. Bem escrito, personagens bem trabalhadas, bom ritmo, só que faltou qualquer coisa. ( )
  Joel.G..Gomes | Apr 17, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312426453, Paperback)

A Picador Paperback Original
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Presumed Innocent comes a compelling new legal mystery featuring George Mason from Personal Injuries. Originally commissioned and published by The New York Times Magazine, this edition contains additional material.
Life would seem to have gone well for George Mason. His days as a criminal defense lawyer are long behind him. At fifty-nine, he has sat as a judge on the Court of Appeals in Kindle County for nearly a decade. Yet, when a disturbing rape case is brought before him, the judge begins to question the very nature of the law and his role within it. What is troubling George Mason so deeply? Is it his wife's recent diagnosis? Or the strange and threatening e-mails he has started to receive? And what is it about this horrific case of sexual assault, now on trial in his courtroom, that has led him to question his fitness to judge?
In Limitations, Scott Turow, the master of the legal thriller, returns to Kindle County with a page-turning entertainment that asks the biggest questions of all. Ingeniously, and with great economy of style, Turow probes the limitations not only of the law but of human understanding itself.

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While presiding over a rape case, Judge George Mason questions his professional abilities and the law itself.

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