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Library Journal
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Not the usual legal thrills one has come to expect from Turow: here, Stewart Dubinsky discovers that his deceased war-hero father was actually court-martialed after his assignment to hunt down an out-of-control OSS officer lands him in trouble at the Battle of the Bulge. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal
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Moving away from legal thrillers (Reversible Errors) and nonfiction (Ultimate Punishment), Turow has penned a searing story of World War II interwoven with a personal family drama. Stewart Dubinsky is not especially close to his father, David Dubin. Even their names are different, yet David's death prompts Stewart to try and find out more about this enigmatic man. He uncovers some startling information: that his father was engaged to another woman before his mother, and that he was court-martialed during the Battle of the Bulge. Dubinsky decides to write a family history, starts digging, and uncovers a manuscript his father wrote about his war experiences that is alternately moving and horrifying, vindicating, and vilifying and shines light on a side of his parents that he never knew. While some of the historical facts presented are not 100 percent accurate, the book's emotional wallop more than justifies the literary license and should secure its place in the canon of World War II literature. An extraordinary, unforgettable novel, which Turow notes was inspired by his own father's military experiences. Highly recommended for all libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/05.]-Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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Chicago defense lawyer and best-selling author Turow trades the courtroom for the battlefield in this tale of a son probing the dark depths of his soldier father's past. Poignant and gritty, the novel is narrated by David Dubin, a Judge Advocate General in Patton's army, and by Stewart, Dubin's son, who, after his father's death, discovers wartime letters detailing his court-martial, imprisonment, and mysterious exoneration. In missives to a former fiancee, David Dubin recounts his orders to arrest Office of Strategic Services officer Robert Martin for insubordination. (Martin and his beguiling Polish companion, Gita, worked with the French Resistance, though rumors circulated that the cunning officer was in fact a Soviet spy.) Dubin and his sergeant pursue Martin repeatedly, ultimately parachuting into Bastogne to retrieve him during the Battle of the Bulge. It's a harrowing drop that sets in motion a deadly series of events. Inspired by the experiences of his own enigmatic father, who served as commanding officer in a World War II medical unit, Turow weaves together numerous narrative threads, the most compelling of which is Dubin's uneasy tenure as commander of a beleaguered rifle company. While Turow's fans might prefer the lively verbal skirmishes that suffuse his legal fare, the author's action sequences (like that white-knuckle free fall onto the battlefront) do plenty to quicken the pulse. --Allison Block Copyright 2005 Booklist


Publishers Weekly
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When retired newspaperman Stewart Dubinsky (last seen in 1987's Presumed Innocent) discovers letters his deceased father wrote during his tour of duty in WWII, a host of family secrets come to light. In Turow's ambitious, fascinating page-turner, a "ferocious curiosity" compels the divorced Dubinsky to study his "remote, circumspect" father's papers, which include love letters written to a fianc?e the family had never heard of, and a lengthy manuscript, which his father wrote in prison and which includes the shocking disclosure of his father's court-martial for assisting in the escape of OSS officer Robert Martin, a suspected spy. The manuscript, hidden from everyone but the attorney defending him, tells of Capt. David Dubin's investigation into Martin's activities and of both men's entanglements with fierce, secretive comrade Gita Lodz. From optimistic soldier to disenchanted veteran, Dubin-who, via the manuscript, becomes the book's de facto narrator-describes the years of violence he endured and of a love triangle that exacted a heavy emotional toll. Dubinsky's investigations prove revelatory at first, and life-altering at last. Turow makes the leap from courtroom to battlefield effortlessly. (Nov. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved