By Adam Liptak Oct. But not every trip to Kindle County is equally rewarding. Turow has many gifts. He might consider being a little more parsimonious in doling them out. Yes, he wants to stretch, and who can blame him? He long ago proved that he is a fine stylist whose sly, grave sentences are merciless tools for probing a criminal justice system unequal to the task of sorting out responsibility for human frailty.
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In , Turow wrote One L , a book about his first year at law school. After earning his Juris Doctor J. Attorney in Chicago , serving in that position until 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. Turow was elected the president of the Authors Guild in ,   and was previously president from to His goal, he said often, is to protect writing as a livelihood.
Senate Nominations Commission for the Northern District of Illinois, which recommends federal judicial appointments. In , Turow met with Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig to discuss political reform including a possible Second Constitution of the United States ; according to one source, Turow saw risks with having such a convention, but believed that it may be the "only alternative" given how campaign money has undermined the one-man-one-vote principle of democracy.
Turow works pro bono in most of his cases, including a case where he won the release of Alejandro Hernandez , who had spent 11 years on death row for 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 Ryan. He served as one of the 14 members of the Commission appointed in March, , by Illinois Governor George Ryan to consider reform of the capital punishment system.
That makes him an obvious person to help when his godson, Sweet Water High School student Matthew Crimstein, expresses concern to his grandmother, attorney Hester Crimstein, that his bullied classmate Naomi Pine has gone missing. But Hester, taking the time from her criminal defense of financial consultant Simon Greene Run Away, to worm the details out of him, asks Wilde to lend a hand, and sure enough, Wilde, unearthing an unsavory backstory that links Naomi to bullying classmate Crash Maynard, whose TV producer father, Dash Maynard, is close friends with reality TV star—turned—presidential hopeful Rusty Eggers, finds Naomi hale and hearty. And this time, so does Crash after a brief visit to Matthew in which he tearfully confesses his guilt about the bad stuff he did to Naomi. This second disappearance veers into more obviously criminal territory with the arrival of a ransom note that demands, not money, but the allegedly incriminating videotapes of Rusty Eggers that Dash and Delia Maynard have had squirreled away for 30 years. Readers who can tune out all the subplots will find the kidnappers easy to spot, but Coben finds room for three climactic surprises, one of them a honey.
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In , Turow wrote One L , a book about his first year at law school. After earning his Juris Doctor J. Attorney in Chicago , serving in that position until 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.