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Publisher's Summary

Presumed Innocent was the fiction debut of the decade - a magnetic work of suspense that earned Turow acclaim for his unparalleled storytelling gifts. Now, in a brilliant follow-up, Scott Turow stakes his claim as an American master, in a mesmerizing novel of law, family and deceit.
Alejandro "Sandy" Stern - the brilliant defense lawyer from Presumed Innocent - comes home to discover that his wife of 30 years has committed suicide, leaving behind a web of mystery, money, and guilt. While Stern hunts for answers, he is caught up in the threatened Federal prosecution of his most powerful and troublesome client - his own brother-in-law. Now, after a life of success, Sandy Stern is a man in desperate need of many truths - about his family, his uncertain future, and the troubled legacy his wife left behind.
©1991 Scott Turow (P)2010 Hachette
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4 out of 5 stars
By Suzn F on 09-15-10

The Best Yet

Oh this is my favorite in this series of three, although I believe that each one of these books can stand alone. The main character Sandy, is such a likable man, with his finesse and then bumbling faults. The author takes us along with Sandy in his new phase of life , unexpected after a long marriage. I was at times feeling heartsick with this character and his family, and at times laughed out loud. The narrator does a fine job with this text. I truly enjoyed this book, I didn't want it to end.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marian on 10-13-10


This is one of Scott Turow's best novels, and John Bedford Lloyd does an outstanding job as reader. "Burden" focuses on a character from "Presumed Innocent," the defense attorney, Sandy Stern.

Turow doesn't flinch from exploring some of the more unsavory areas of human experience. There are scenes in "Burden" that are challenging in that regard. However, it's to Turow's credit that he is willing to delve into his characters' inner longings so fully.

The plotting is very strong. Just as we think we're beginning to understand what's going on, a new level of chicanery introduces itself. Sandy Stern's extended family is made up of fascinating characters, well-drawn by Turow. As with all of his best novels, each step of the plot is intriguing and the ending utterly satisfying.

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