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Anatomy of a Murder: 25th Anniversary Edition

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ISBN13: 9780312033569
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First published by St. Martin's in 1958, Robert Traver's Anatomy of a Murder immediately became the number-one bestseller in America, and was subsequently turned into the successful and now classic Otto Preminger film. It is is not only the most popular courtroom drama in American fiction, but one of the most popular novels of our time.
 
A gripping tale of deceit, murder, and a sensational trial, Anatomy of a Murder is unmatched in the authenticity of its settings, events, and characters. This new edition should delight both loyal fans of the past and an entire new generation of readers.

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Robert Traver is the pseudonym of a former Michigan Supreme Court justice. He is the author of Trout Madness, People Versus Kirk, and Laughing Whitefish, among other works. He lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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Jenna Hart, November 28, 2007 (view all comments by Jenna Hart)
In Thunder Bay, Michigan, hotel and bar manager Barney Quill violently rapes Laura Manion. Laura's spouse Army Lieutenant Frederick Manion explodes into a rage; he fires five shots at Quill killing him. Witnesses saw the homicide and Manion confesses to the crime. The police arrest Manion for murder

Former county Prosecutor Paul Biegler heads up the defense team; his opponent is the lawyer who replaced him as the prosecutor, Mitch Lodwick, also assisted from the Michigan Attorney general's Office. Knowing his client is guilty of the act and in spite of also loathing Manion, Paul hopes to legally defend the murder in the minds of twelve strangers. His plan is to claim his client suffered an "irresistible impulse", an insane rage to get back at the violator of his wife. However, as Paul digs deeper into the background, he begins to uncover other information that puts a different light on the deadly triangular relationship between his client, his client's wife, and the deceased.

This reprinting of a terrific 1950s legal thriller that some insist established the sub-genre (Christie aside) holds up nicely five decades after its initial publishing and movie were made. The story line focuses for much of the first half of the insightful plot on the defense team investigation and building its plea, but though interesting is slow as readers see first hand the strategy and discourse they take; the latter half is the trial with both sides verbose as they make points. Though incredibly perceptive with what happens on a highly charged murder case, talking is not as exciting as performing. Still the tale retains its discerning insider's look at the legal process.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312033569
Author:
Traver, Robert
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Trials (Murder)
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Legal
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
Michigan
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Michigan Fiction.
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Thrillers/Legal
Copyright:
Edition Number:
25
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19830331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 in

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