This is vintage Scott Turow, with the usual strong and weak points. I found the DNA detail fascinating. It’s come a long way since I learned about RFLP in the FBI Academy. Turow is among the smartest and best educated of modern mystery novel writers. The writing is literate, and well-thought-out, if not particularly elegant or exciting. The mystery is complex and will keep you guessing. The characters are mostly interesting, likeable, and credible. Those who like a lot of action won’t be big fans of this book, but the more cerebral readers will enjoy it. Turow’s only real annoying habit is his tendency to treat sex so crudely that all the sexiness is taken out of it. That happens here, too, but he does less of that in this book than in his earlier works.

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