The bestselling writer of fictional courtroom drama - and highly respected criminal lawyer - gives a vivid account of his own experiences with capital punishment, from his days as a zealous young prosecutor to his recent service on the Illinois Commission on the Death Penalty which influenced the Governor's commutation of 164 death-row inmates on his last day in office. He provides a brief history of the ultimate punishment and analyses the potent reasons for and against it, and relates several powerful stories behind the statistics as he moves from the Governor's Mansion to Illinois state-of-the-art 'super-max' prison and the execution chamber. This clear-sighted examination of a fundamental dilemma in a democracy has all of Scott Turow's vivid imagery, drama and intellectual substance of his celebrated novels.
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'Poignant and hugely powerful . . . a forensic and yet heartfelt examination of the cases for and against capital punishment' Daily Telegraph
As a pioneer of the modern legal thriller and a criminal lawyer, Scott Turow has been involved with the death penalty for more than a decade, including successfully representing two different men convicted in death-penalty prosecutions. In this vivid account, Turow describes his own experiences with capital punishment from his days as an impassioned young prosecutor to his service on the Illinois commission which investigated the administration of the death penalty and influenced Governor George Ryan's unprecedented commutation of the sentences of 164 death-row inmates on his last day in office.
Along the way, he provides a brief history of America's ambivalent relationship with the ultimate punishment and illuminates the powerful stories behind the statistics, as he moves from the Governor's Mansion to Illinois' state-of-the art 'super-max' prison and the execution chamber.
'Gripping and lucid' Sunday Times
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