Anatomy of a Murder

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First published by St. Martin's in 1958, Robert Traver's Anatomy of a Murder immediately became the number-one bestseller in America, and was subsequently turned into the successful and now classic Otto Preminger film. For the twenty-fifth birthday of a work that is not only the most popular courtroom drama in American fiction, but one of the most popular novels of our time, St. Martin's is proud to introduce this special anniversary edition, with a new introduction by the author.A gripping tale of deceit, ...

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Overview

First published by St. Martin's in 1958, Robert Traver's Anatomy of a Murder immediately became the number-one bestseller in America, and was subsequently turned into the successful and now classic Otto Preminger film. For the twenty-fifth birthday of a work that is not only the most popular courtroom drama in American fiction, but one of the most popular novels of our time, St. Martin's is proud to introduce this special anniversary edition, with a new introduction by the author.A gripping tale of deceit, murder, and a sensational trial, Anatomy of a Murder is unmatched in the authenticity of its settings, events, and characters. This new edition should delight both loyal fans of the past and an entire new generation of readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517204450
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/2/2000
  • Series: Cinema Classics Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.73 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Traver is the pseudonym of a former Michigan Supreme Court justice. He is the author of Trout Madness, People Versus Kirk, and Laughing Whitefish, among other works. He lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    Interesting enough

    You can tell by the language this book was written in the 50's, but that added a certain charm. The mystery aspect was certainly present right to the end, and it was quite educational in terms of how lawyers operate. The author prattled on too much at times. All in ask it was ok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2007

    Awesome Man!

    I didn't actually read this book but i saw the movie with Jimmy Stewart, and it was really good. T bet the book is pretty good too. Very nice!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    discerning insider¿s look at the legal process

    In Thunder Bay, Michigan, hotel and bar manager Barney Quill violently rapes Laura Manion. Laura¿s spouse Army Lieutenant Frederick Manion explodes into a rage; he fires five shots at Quill killing him. Witnesses saw the homicide and Manion confesses to the crime. The police arrest Manion for murder --- Former county Prosecutor Paul Biegler heads up the defense team; his opponent is the lawyer who replaced him as the prosecutor, Mitch Lodwick, also assisted from the Michigan Attorney general¿s Office. Knowing his client is guilty of the act and in spite of also loathing Manion, Paul hopes to legally defend the murder in the minds of twelve strangers. His plan is to claim his client suffered an 'irresistible impulse', an insane rage to get back at the violator of his wife. However, as Paul digs deeper into the background, he begins to uncover other information that puts a different light on the deadly triangular relationship between his client, his client¿s wife, and the deceased. --- This reprinting of a terrific 1950s legal thriller that some insist established the sub-genre (Christie aside) holds up nicely five decades after its initial publishing and movie were made. The story line focuses for much of the first half of the insightful plot on the defense team investigation and building its plea, but though interesting is slow as readers see first hand the strategy and discourse they take; the latter half is the trial with both sides verbose as they make points. Though incredibly perceptive with what happens on a highly charged murder case, talking is not as exciting as performing. Still the tale retains its discerning insider¿s look at the legal process.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2003

    Not thrilled with the ending...

    ...not because it wasn't good, but I didn't agree with the verdict. Seemed a little "slick" to me. I was born in Michigan, so the references to that area were especially enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2001

    Still Terrific, After All These Years

    I remember seeing this movie when it first came out. I loved the story, the characters, the scenery and the music! I am just now reading the book and am so glad I had not read it before, so I can savor it now. This is a delicious book, a dessert of a book. I love every word, every comma--so far! In my mind's eye I clearly see Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, Joseph Welch, James Stewart, Lee Remick, George C. Scott, Ben Gazzara, and the whole bunch reading their lines. The story is suspenseful, with ironic twists and turns. The characters are so well developed, you think of them as real people. You know their habits, interests, and voices. This book is a super entertainment! So is the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2000

    Classic!

    This is a very good book. The main characters, Polly and Parnell are really good. This is strictly a trial novel and not so much a legal thriller. It disects the legal process. A Time to Kill is very similar to this novel and is clearly one of Grisham's inspirational sources. A really good book but also takes alot of effort because it is a little slower paced.

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