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Limitations (original 2006; edition 2006)

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Info:Picador (2006), Paperback, 197 pages
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Limitations is a short novel of Turow's Kindle County series, one that focuses on a legal and moral conundrum. The case is an appeal of three men who have been convicted of a rape that they committed -- and videotaped-- when they were in college. The legal complexity is over whether the statute of limitations has run out, and whether the videotape is admissible. The moral complexity is that Judge George Mason recognizes the crime to be reminiscent of a youthful transgression of his own. Finally, the judge himself apparently is being stalked and threatened -- possibly by a convict that he previously sentenced.

Turow handles this story with his usual skill and sensitivity. The use of present- tense (rather than past tense) gives the events immediacy -- a literary device that would not work in the hands of a less skillful writer. The denouement ties things up as well as can be expected... and if the conclusion is less than fully satisfying, it is because the moral and legal complexities admit of no easy solution. I enjoyed this work, and recommend it to those who like legal fiction, a writer of which Scott Turow ranks among the best. ( )
4 vote danielx | Oct 19, 2013 |
This slim 2006 novel starts out well, posing an interesting statute of limitations problem: a college girl, drunk, is raped by four students, the proceedings being videotaped. No charges are brought until the statute of limiations has apparently expired. George Mason, an appellate judge, is on the panel hearing their appeal. He is conflicted by an unsavory event in his own college time. The denouement I found unsatisfing and weak. Of the five Turow books I have read, this is undoubtedly the least good. I will never forget the first Turow book I read, labeled non-fiction: One L. I think it is better than any of his fiction, but that is maybe because it spoke so srtongly of my time in law school, even though my experience was very different from what Turow claimed his was. ( )
  Schmerguls | Apr 11, 2013 |
The books follows the tried and true Turow's tracks mixing the main charachter's private life with his work as a judge. ( )
  CarloA | Feb 14, 2013 |
For a good audio book, try Limitations. It is a fast paced, thriller, with several sub plots, about the courts and the basis for its decisions, as well as what influences those legal decisions. The personalities of criminals and lawyers are explored. The plot unwinds slowly with many twists and turns and will hold your interest. It would be a good book for a plane flight, beach read or vacation and possibly for a book club since there are topics covered that would lend themselves to discussion: what causes criminality, is it rape if the woman is complicit but abused, are all punishments meted out fairly, how does personal life affect the decisions of judge, jury, lawyer, criminal? A philosophical discussion could really be even more interesting than the book itself which is interesting but not rocket science. ( )
  thewanderingjew | Nov 20, 2011 |
listened to this. found it hard to focus. maybe it's just about being a judge. however if i wrote a book about being an esl teacher i don't think that many people would buy it. i guess i'd have to put in some threatening notes and discover they were from a co-worker since there is no one under me. ( )
  mahallett | Oct 3, 2011 |
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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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