The Laws of Our Fathers

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The Laws of Our Fathers
Author Scott Turow
Country United States
Language English
Genre Legal thriller, Crime novel
Publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 832 pp (first edition, hardback)
Preceded by Pleading Guilty
Followed by Personal Injuries

The Laws of Our Fathers, published in 1996, is Scott Turow's fourth and longest novel, at 832 pages.


When last seen in Turow's The Burden of Proof, Sonia Klonsky was a prosecutor with the U. S. Attorney's office in Kindle County with a failing marriage, an infant daughter, and a single mastectomy. She becomes one of the narrators here. Now she is a Superior Court Judge presiding over the murder trial of one Nile Eddgar, who is accused of arranging the murder of his ghetto-activist mother. The story is told in two parallel narratives, one regarding the current trial and the other taking the reader through the 1960s.

Many of the minor characters in The Laws of Our Fathers also appear in Turow's other novels, which are all set in fictional, Midwestern Kindle County.