This is my first book by author Scott Turow. Turow’s main character “Mack” is a former policeman, now lawyer for 20+ years and on the wane as a lawyer. He is recovering alcoholic and has been mostly sober for 2-3years. After spending almost half his life in a haze he now finds himself divorced. His wife has left him for another woman. He has a 19-year-old son that refuses to try to grow up living with him as part of the divorce agreement. He finds himself going through the motions of work and no real plans to improve his lifestyle.
Called into a meeting with the senior partners expecting to be handed his “pink slip”. Instead, because of his former police work, he is asked to look for a missing senior partner that has been gone for almost 2 weeks and suspected of stealing 5.6 million dollars from a client.
The first 2/3s of the book are spent giving background on Mack’s childhood, the missing partner, his former wife, mother, father, and where the 5.6 million came from. All this is necessary, but I found it hard to stay interested in the story and almost put it down a couple of times.
Finally Turow starts to pull everything together and the book gets interesting. The last third went quick and kept my interest.
Turow’s use of nonexistant places, was to me, hindered the plot. I kept looking for a familier landmark to put into the story.
Again this is my first book read by Scott Turow and hope the next will keep my attention better.
Next up;” Chasing Midnight” by Randy Wayne White copyright 2012
Another Doc Ford adventure that I hope will be entertaining. I have not been let down so far on any of the storys I’ve read of White’s.