Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Anatomy of a Murder

Author: Robert Traver
Publisher: G.K. Hall & Co., 1958
Pages: 697
Source: Library
ISBN: 0-7838-1666-9
John D. voelker was a Michigan Supreme Court Justice. He wrote Anatomy of a Murder based on a 1952 murder case, under the pen name of Robert Traver.In this novel Paul Biegler is a lawyer who was formerly the prosecuting attorney. He takes on the case of an army lieutenant name Frederic Manion. He has been charged with shooting a bartender who his wife said raped her. Manion returns to the park after the murder and gives his gun to the park attendant and waits for the police.The problem is, how do you defend a man who commits a murder in front of a bar full of witnesses and then admits he did it to the police? I had put off reading this book eventhough it was for a reading challenge because I didn't believe I would enjoy it. After all it was published in 1958, the year I was born. I was definately wrong. I felt like I was sitting in the courtroom watching this case. I was even more thrilled to learn that it was made into a movie many years ago. I now must try to find it and watch it. I definately recommend it and recommend that we not judge books before our time because we "think" we might not like it.

1 comment:

  1. What a great lesson to learn! I too tend to be biased against books that seem "before my time." For my own birth year book, I'm reading "The Chosen" by Chaim Potok. I would have NEVER read this book, and I'm trying to keep an open mind about it but I'm dreading it. I'm glad this worked out for you!!!