Reversible Errors by Scott Turow Online

Reversible Errors
Title : Reversible Errors
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ISBN : 9780786242689
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 720

The Barnes & Noble ReviewThe verdict is in: Popular fiction rarely gets any better, or more involving, than Reversible Errors, Scott Turow s profoundly satisfying legal thriller, which takes on the charged subject of death penalty litigation.Set in Turow's familiar fictional venue of Kindle County, Illinois, the story concerns a pathetic, hard-luck career criminal nameThe Barnes & Noble ReviewThe verdict is in: Popular fiction rarely gets any better, or more involving, than Reversible Errors, Scott Turow s profoundly satisfying legal thriller, which takes on the charged subject of death penalty litigation.Set in Turow's familiar fictional venue of Kindle County, Illinois, the story concerns a pathetic, hard-luck career criminal named Rommy Gandolph, a.k.a. Squirrel. Convicted of a particularly vicious triple homicide, Rommy is 33 days away from certain execution. When a convicted criminal with terminal cancer comes forward with a story that casts doubt on Rommy's guilt, it soon becomes clear that more than Squirrel's life is at stake. On one side of the legal line stand ambitious deputy prosecutor Muriel Wynn and veteran homicide detective Larry Starczek, former lovers who were responsible for Rommy's original conviction and whose lives seem seem inextricably connected to this case. On the other side stands Arthur Raven, Rommy's plodding, colorless court-appointed defender. His work is complicated by an evolving friendship with Gillian Sullivan, the disgraced judge who presided over Rommy's initial trial. These four figures -- together with a brilliantly delineated gallery of supporting characters -- form the human center of a fiercely contested legal battle that will alter the destinies of everyone involved. Turow's knack for convoluted plotting, ability to find drama in the most minute points of law, lively, observant prose, and flawless sense of character lift him into a league of his own when it comes to legal fiction. Reversible Errors -- a wonderfully resonant title -- is a account of love and redemption, crime and punishment, the intricacies of the legal system, the high cost of ambition, and the primal importance of our most basic human connections. Bill Sheehan


Reversible Errors Reviews

  • Connie

    I am not sure how I missed this Turow when it first came out, but I am very glad to have found it. He is such a master of the legal suspense and you travel right along with his characters through all the legal technicalities…which how Arthur Raven gets the case of Squirrel, sitting on death row and claiming his innocence. Well of course he is innocent, isn't he? I travelled all the ups and downs with Arthur. The thing I enjoyed about this is that I would decide I knew exactly what had happened [...]

  • Kelly

    This book started off really exciting and then the middle was really slow and I almost just stopped reading it. By the end it picked up again and I had already made a pretty big investment by getting so far, so I just finished it.This book has some fun little twists and turns in the middle, but it doesn't make up for the long drawn out parts. One thing that bugged me was the "good guys" in the book had dark secrets and the "bad guys" found God and wanted to repent. It was a little backwards. I g [...]

  • Richard

    Another uneven effort from Turow. An interesting premise (Let's save an innocent man from death row!), a few fairly pedestrian twists (He did it! Wait, no he didn't!), a mostly lackluster investigation and a whole lot of personal drama.I actually cared more about Arthur and Gillian's private lives than the case here. Arthur's sister, too was a character I grew to like and Turow is a good enough writer that I felt fully invested in their eventual fates.But I had big big problems with the limited, [...]

  • Fredrick Danysh

    Now within days of being executed for a triple murder ten years earlier, Romny "Squirrel" Gandolph asks for one last look at his case claiming innocence. Arthur Raven is appointed to take the case even though he believes his new client to be guilty. Investigating the crime he discovers a flawed rx-judge, an ambitious prosector, a questionable cop, and self-serving witnesses. Arthur has an uphill battle attempting to save his client.

  • Margaret

    Although Reversible Errors is about a convicted mentally challenged murderer who is scheduled to be put to death in a few days who claims his innocence and is assigned a court appointed attorney, Arthur Raven, to appeal.; the real story is the relationship of the characters, particularly the budding relationship of Arthur and Gillian Sullivan. Both Arthur and Gillian are dealing with their own issues.Arthur has never been at ease with expressing himself to women he was interested in and Gillian, [...]

  • Curtis Edmonds

    The world breaks everyone, Papa Hemingway said, and afterwards many are strong at the broken places. True enough, if the metaphor is about bones. Bones break, but bones knit, and bones can be stronger for the experience. It’s a strong metaphor, but it doesn’t cover everything, doesn’t include everything that can break.Bones break, but hearts break too. That’s another metaphor, of course. Hearts don’t break the same way bones break. Bones break and shatter and splinter, and you go to th [...]

  • CC

    Kindle County defense attorney, Arthur Raven, unlucky in love and downtrodden in spirit, is assigned to appeal Death Row inmate Rommy "Squirrel" Gandolph's case. And lo, against all odds, Squirrel, who confessed to murdering three people, may actually be innocent, and framed.Turow is a master of character, and it was the portrayl of Arthur Raven and a former judge, Gillian Sullivan, that I found thrilling. Here are two characters so well-crafted that all other lawyer/suspense/who-done-it charact [...]

  • Don Stanton

    A very disappointing read. Written by an attorney, it seems the legal processes good and solid, the story itself is the timeless old formula: An innocent (in this case black) man on death row pleading for help because he is innocent. The good guys, new and improved attorneys, jump into the case, Tada! to right this evil miscarriage of justice. and free, who-else, the poor ultra ignorant simple, stupid convict.There are two major flaws in this novel: 1st and most obvious right off the first page, [...]

  • Cindy

    I like legal stories. Scott Turow writes legal stories. I thought I would really like this book. In fact, I did like the story - it had so much potential, but the writing was just meh. So disappointing because I think in a different author's hands, it could have been a much better book. Rommy "Squirrel" Gandolph is an inmate on death row, convicted for a triple homicide for which ten years later with his death soon to be scheduled, he now claims innocence. This is essentially a story about what [...]

  • Michelle Diener

    I couldn't put this book down. The writing, in my opinion, is wonderful - the phrases so beautiful, at times I could hardly believe I was reading a courtroom thriller. Turow takes that hackneyed plot, the prisoner on deathrow who claims he's innoncent, and turns it into a masterful study of humanity's flaws and weaknesses, as well as their capacity for forgiveness and love. Arthur Raven is a commercial lawyer appointed by the court to act for Rommy 'Squirrel' Gandolphi - a deathrow prisoner who [...]

  • Rishi Prakash

    A new kind of book for me because i never expected so many different levels in a "legal thriller". This was also my first Scott Turow so i had no idea how he writes because all my life i have been reading Grisham- the master legal story teller! Scott includes many other things around the legal plot which makes him very different from Grisham. He has the ability to find drama in the most minute points of law which makes it lively and lifts him into a league of his own when it comes to legal ficti [...]

  • Stephanie

    While well written, this book belongs in a category I sometimes refer to as bubble-gum books and others sometimes refer to as grocery-store novels. Essentially, the book keeps my brain engaged on a very low level, much like chewing gum does. There is no thinking required and the pages turn by very quickly. This is not my way of saying that I didn’t like this book. That really isn’t the case despite how improbable the plot is.A corporate attorney is assigned to a death-row inmate for the purp [...]

  • Lois Bouchard

    I liked this book as much as Presumed Innocent but for different reasons. I really liked his characterizations. His characters were human -- flawed and believable. His use of language was elegant, but he was not verbose. I didn't like all the characters, but that made the book more believable. The most telling point for me was that I wanted to get back to the book whenever I was doing something else. Sometimes, I read a book by gritting my teeth and bulling my way through it, but I find myself n [...]

  • Jack

    Great story with good twists, terrific characters, learned a lot of law; 553 pages is a bit long for a "fun read" - I feel I should get some law school credits. Still, glad I finished it.

  • Cindy

    Good plot, spoiled by graphic sex & some cussing (guess they gotta cover it all to entice more readers). Turow doesn't need that, he's a top notch author otherwise.

  • Anne

    An absorbing read with drama, shocks and surprises. It gives an insight into the American justice system and the pitfalls of capital punishment, and of lack of any meaningful access to the legal process for the mentally ill, and those with no finance to cover their legal costs, instead depending on the public system, as was the case with Rommy.In this book, Rommy Gandolph aka Squirrel has languished on death row for a number of years and having confessed to a triple murder, (under duress apparen [...]

  • Anto_s1977

    Rommy Gandolph è ormai arrivato alla vigilia della sua esecuzione capitale, ma, grazie all’intervento dell’avvocato Raven e della sua giovane e motivata collega, il caso viene riaperto e molti dettagli di un triplice omicidio di 10 anni prima tornano alla luce sconvolgendo la vita di tutti quelli che, a quel tempo, hanno avuto un piccolo o grande ruolo in questa faccenda.Rommy è colpevole o no?L’accusa sostiene che si tratta solo di un “trucco” della difesa e che la verità è stata [...]

  • Eric Parsons

    I discovered Scott Turow quite by accident, but I can say it was quite a happy one. Turow does a wonderful job of telling a tale based on a legal basis, explaining how the law works in this particular case without being dry or boring, and then moving the story along to a realistic conclusion. Being set in Kindle County, the reader will become very familiar with recurring characters and come to look forward to reading of them.In this book, a man who confesses to a heinous crime now recants and pr [...]

  • Joyce

    I agree with the rating of 3.8. Even though the writing was nothing special I enjoyed the story. I especially liked Arthur Raven, the main character. Arthur was court appointed attorney for a man on death row. Rommy was next to die. He was a pitiful thief accused of murder. The lead detective, Larry, got a confession out of him for 3 murders. The heart of the story to me is Arthur. He never gives up on people and he is very good at seeing thru people. The extreme opposite of Arthur is evil and w [...]

  • James

    I enjoyed this a lot more than I'd expected to, thinking it would be a quick and dirty legal thriller before I moved on to something (potentially) heavier, but the characters were really well drawn, and the plot was different to what I'd read before, as it covered the prosecution and defence teams equally.

  • David Yount

    One of the least interesting books I've read in recent memory. I didn't care for most of the characters and the legal plot was so confusing that I almost gave it up. It was very slow, almost plodding, through the middle of the book. A dark and dreary look at the legal profession.

  • Alana

    Forgettable . . . but I've read that Turow produces such legal thrillers I think I must give him another go. Maybe it was me.

  • Bethel

    Really good story about a ever current question, death penalty. Hmmmm

  • D Enderby

    Easily a hundred pages too long. Loads and loads of preaching, and adults acting like teenagers, all ago in longing and sex.

  • Rosemary

    It kept me going! Turow's writing is wonderful! His choice of words and expressions often had me rereading paragraphs just for the enjoyment of the written language.

  • Garris

    It was okay. I liked the characters & their interactions. The courtroom scenes were a little boring.

  • Nancy Shaffer

    Two stars and that's a stretch. Maybe it's me, but the character "couples" were terribly confusing, though I gave another of his books 5 stars

  • Christy P

    A good Law/Detective who dun nit. Satisfying.

  • Sue Russell

    Terrific plotting, complex characters -- an old title but Turow at his finest. (I think he lives there.)

  • Brian O'Leary

    Nowhere near his first book. Death row guy is innocent, very, very, very long winded. This type of story is told better by a hundred other authors. Quite the disappointment.