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LimitationsIn Scott Turow's disappointing new novella, most of which was serialized earlier this year in The New York Times Magazine, an appellate judge...LimitationsMystery and Thriller, FictionIn Scott Turow's disappointing new novella, most of which was serialized earlier this year in The New York Times Magazine, an appellate judge...2006-11-15Picador USA
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Limitations

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Fiction; Author: Scott Turow; Status: In Season; Publisher: Picador USA

In Scott Turow’s disappointing new novella, most of which was serialized earlier this year in The New York Times Magazine, an appellate judge grapples with a trifecta of stress: He’s weighing a tricky legal case that stirs memories of a youthful indiscretion, his wife has been hospitalized for thyroid cancer, and he’s begun to receive anonymous e-mails threatening his life. That’s a novel’s worth of plot, with a novel’s worth of characters to populate the various story threads. But the central whodunit is rather a dud, and Turow isn’t able to flesh out the material or give it breathing room: The herrings only blush, but never redden.

Originally posted November 15 2006 — 12:00 AM EST

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