Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Good Read For A Lawyer

Anatomy of a MurderAnatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a classic of the lawyer/mystery genre; one of the earliest. Traver is the pen name of John D. Voelker, who practiced in the Upper Peninsula for Michigan for many years and eventually was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court. He knows how to spin a good yarn, but the book is a little dated in its references to women, particularly. Lawyers love this book but for the nonlawyer, it may get a little pedantic, particularly in his lengthy exposition on the jury instructions given in the murder case.