Limitations 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… Limitations 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… 2006-11-14 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Picador USA
Book Review

Limitations (2006)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Nov 14, 2006; Writer: Scott Turow; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; 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 Nov 10, 2006 Published in issue #907 Nov 17, 2006 Order article reprints