Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374237134, 448pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 1987
The novel that launched Turow's career as one of America's pre-eminent thriller writers tells the story of Rusty Sabicch, chief deputy prosecutor in a large Midwestern city. With three weeks to go in his boss' re-election campaign, a member of Rusty's staff is found murdered; he is charged with finding the killer, until his boss loses and, incredibly, Rusty finds himself accused of the murder.
"A grabber to the end… a mystery, a law-courtroom drama, a suspense story and more." —Cincinnati Post "Replac[es] the usual array of cardboard motives with full-blooded, complex passions." —Newsweek "This one will keep you up at nights, engrossed and charged with adrenaline." —People