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Anatomy of a Murder

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The judge's lifetime of of experience is on full display here, talking with the reader through Biegler's conversations with Manion and others about the nature of law itself: its uses, its shortcomings. It was surprising how few people ever learned to follow the arrow and instead stood there gripped by a sort of dumb enchantment, pounding stupidly on my private door.

That being said – and being allowed to take off an invisible half star from the rating (so on LibraryThing it's 4. For with one of those swift premonitions one cannot define I knew it was for me; it would be, I was sure, my invitation to the waltz--my bid to accept the retainer in Iron Cliffs County's latest murder. I have heard it's an incredible movie, however - and did get it on sale with Vudu - so will watch it soon. Todo el libro estamos inmersos en el ir y venir y la genialidad, tanto del abogado defensor, como de un ayudante del fiscal en el juicio, la presentación de pruebas, la interrogación de los diferentes testigos de cargo y a favor, las declaraciones finales de ambos abogados y en medio de todo eso, la investigación legal y personal que se tiene que hacer por parte de la defensa para presentar su caso.As a former trial lawyer, I can attest that few books more accurately chronicle the life and rhythm of a trial from unpredictability of the witnesses to the inscrutability of a jury to the highs and lows of participating in the drama. Late one night attractive Laura Manion rang the lawyer Paul Biegler to tell him that her husband had been jailed for suspected murder; and saif that the man he had shot, Barney Quill, had criminally assaulted her.

The prosecution – trying to set the victim in as positive a light as possible – has no problem dismissing the rape as either irrelevant or imaginary, whichever's more convenient, and to tarnish her reputation in any way possible; the defense is concerned that Laura's beauty might tell against them, but otherwise is determined to stick her on the stand come what may. I swung around downtown and slowed down to miss a solitary drunk emerging blindly from the Tripoli Bar and out upon the street, in a sort of gangling somnambulistic trot, pursued on his way by the hollow roar of a juke box from the garishly lit and empty bar.

She had always felt strongly that growing boys should have a certain amount of freedom before finally settling down. One day, and all in good time, I would doubtless marry and move my lucky bride in among all the clanking curios and relics in the old house on Hematite Street. It was interesting, and definitely edgy for 1958, but it was written in this pedantic, good old boys, kind of style that drive me mad. I'm not sorry I read this book, but count ANATOMY OF A MURDER on my small list of books that were made into better movies. The second half is 250 pages of courtroom drama, and the details are exhausting, with some more hammy dialogue thrown in.

I surveyed the clutter of mail, mostly junk and routine stuff, that had accumulated during my absence.This book was recommended (I thought largely on the strength of its angling-obsessed protagonist), so its fame and subsequent success on the silver screen rather passed me by.

The back and forth between the lawyers, the interjections from the judge, the witnesses’ statements, and jury reactions all kept me involved in the story. While I've been reading legal thrillers by John Grisham for the last fifteen years, I'd never heard of this 1950s-era novel. Underneath was a horizontal black arrow pointing toward Maida's door, accompanied by thewords, "Entrance next door.What follows is one of the most brilliant courtroom dramas of all time, as Polly puts together his defence and minutely examines the seething emotions under the placid surface of his town. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). Voelker, using the pen name Robert Traver, wrote this novel shortly after being defeated in his bid for re-election for district attorney of Marquette County, MI and deciding to focus on his private law practice. but for the lawyer, undoubtedly the greatest pleasure stems from the author's obvious competence in, and love for, the law. In this case the Jimmy Stewart movie made from this is a distillation of the best of the novel, or put another way, the book is like a deeper immersion into the film.

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