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Title:Limitations
Authors:Scott Turow
Info:Picador (2006), Paperback, 197 pages
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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 |
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 |
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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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