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Scott Turow (born
April 12, 1949) is an American authoras well as a practicing lawyer. Turow has written eight fiction and two nonfiction books, which have been translated into over 20 languages and have sold over 25 million copies. Movies have been based on several of his books.
Turow was born in
Chicago, attended New Trier High School, and graduated from Amherst Collegein 1970. He received an Edith Mirrielees Fellowship to the Stanford UniversityCreative Writing Center, where he attended from 1970 to 1972. In 1971, he married Annette Turow, a painter.
Turow later became a lecturer at Stanford, serving until 1975, when he entered
Harvard Law School. In 1977, Turow wrote " One L", a book about his first year at law school. After earning his Juris Doctor( J.D.) degree in 1978, Turow became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago, serving in that position until 1986. There he prosecuted several high-profile corruption cases, including the tax fraud case of state Attorney General William Scott. Turow also was lead counsel in Operation Greylord, the federal prosecution of Illinois judicial corruption cases.
After leaving the
U.S. Attorney's office, Turow became a novelist, writing his famous legal thrillers, including " The Burden of Proof", " Presumed Innocent", " Pleading Guilty", and " Personal Injuries", which Time Magazinenamed as the Best Fiction Novel of 1999. All four became bestsellers, and Turow won multiple literary awards, most notably the Silver Dagger Award of the British Crime Writers. All of his novels take place in Kindle County, and many of the characters appear in multiple books. In 1990, Turow was featured on the June 11cover of "Time" magazine, which described him as the "Bard of the Litigious Age." In 1995, Canadian author Derek Lundypublished a biography of Turow, entitled "Scott Turow: Meeting the Enemy" (ECW Press, 1995).
Turow was the president of the
Authors Guildfrom 1997 to 1998 and continues to serve on its board. During the same two-year period, Turow was a member of the U.S. Senate Nominations Commission for the Northern District of Illinois, which recommends federal judicial appointments.
Turow is a partner of the Chicago law firm of
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. Turow works pro bonoin most of his cases, including a 1995 case where he won the release of Alejandro Hernandez, who had spent 11 years on death rowfor a murder he did not commit. He was also appointed to the commission considering the reform of the Illinois death penalty by former Governor George Ryanand is currently a member of the Illinois State Police Merit Board. He and his wife Annette divorced in late 2008 with three grown children.
Presumed Innocent", 1987
The Burden of Proof", 1990
Pleading Guilty", 1993
The Laws of Our Fathers", 1996
Personal Injuries", 1999
Reversible Errors", 2002
* "Ordinary Heroes", 2005
One L", 1977
* "", 2003
List of bestselling novels in the United States
* [http://www.scottturow.com Official website]
* [http://wiredforbooks.org/scottturow/ 1990 audio interview] by
* [http://www.researchchannel.org/prog/displayevent.aspx?rID=2060&fID=345 A reading from "The Laws of Our Fathers" by Scott Turow]
* [http://www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org/events/2006-05-10-scottTurow.jsp Interview] on "Ordinary Heroes" at the
Pritzker Military Library
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