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Anatomy of a Murder This classic courtroom drama was made into a blockbuster movie in 1959 starring Jimmy Stewart as the main character, defense attorney Paul Biegler The facts of the killing are well known from the beginning The defendant s wife, Laura, was raped by the local innkeeper and the defendant, an army lieutenant, took a gun, went to the bar, and shot the rapist dead He reported that he had done so and was taken into custody It becomes Biegler s duty to try to get him off The plot revolves primarily This classic courtroom drama was made into a blockbuster movie in 1959 starring Jimmy Stewart as the main character, defense attorney Paul Biegler The facts of the killing are well known from the beginning The defendant s wife, Laura, was raped by the local innkeeper and the defendant, an army lieutenant, took a gun, went to the bar, and shot the rapist dead He reported that he had done so and was taken into custody It becomes Biegler s duty to try to get him off The plot revolves primarily about the defense of temporary insanity.I never practiced criminal law, but as a retired FBI agent, and attorney, I am very familiar with the issues in the case I found the tactics and legal theories very well done, as the author is a former prosecutor That part was fascinating to me, although I m not sure so much to the average reader The story is populated with some colorful characters a crusty old drunk of a defense lawyer helping Paul, a couple of beautiful women, including the rape victim, a sassy secretary, an unrepentant defendant, a weaselly prosecutor, a folksy sheriff, and a comical deputy.The author writes with too much wordiness for my taste, prolific in his descriptions almost to the point of purple prose A sterner editor would have made this a better book The author does not try to present a balanced perspective on the case He stacks the deck in favor of the defense It is clear from the beginning that we are supposed to root for the defendant to get off The judge and sheriff seem to bend over backwards to favor the defense, too All the clever ploys of the defense worked and all those of the prosecutor backfired Nearly all the judge s ruling favored the defense That part was a bit hard to believe and rankled me both because of its unbelievability and because it s the kind of thing that makes people distrust the legal system.I enjoyed the drama of the story, but in the end my biggest disappointment was the blurring of the lines between good and bad The good guys weren t as good as the reader might have hoped and the bad guys weren t nearly so bad as we are led to believe I found the ending both predictable and unrewarding, but all in all, the book is worth a read At 2 on the 1958 bestseller list is this story of a murder and trial, set in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan The legal thriller has become a staple in current fiction but was a fairly new genre in the 1950s Compulsion, a 1957 bestseller by Meyer Levin was the beginning, but Levin had a journalism background while Robert Traver had been a practicing lawyer and judge The writing is clunky and wordy but Traver goes quite extensively into all aspects of preparing a case, selecti At 2 on the 1958 bestseller list is this story of a murder and trial, set in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan The legal thriller has become a staple in current fiction but was a fairly new genre in the 1950s Compulsion, a 1957 bestseller by Meyer Levin was the beginning, but Levin had a journalism background while Robert Traver had been a practicing lawyer and judge The writing is clunky and wordy but Traver goes quite extensively into all aspects of preparing a case, selecting a jury, and the differences between the approach of a prosecuting attorney versus a defense attorney He also manages to make what I consider a dry subject interesting The murderer confessed to his crime and turned himself in on the night of the murder, so our hero, former DA Paul Beigler, plans his defense around a variation of the insanity plea The reader gets instructed along with the judge and jury, on the workings of such a plea Because of some intriguing side stories about the murderer, his wife and the victim because a rape preceded the murder because the setting is integral to the plot, it was all in all a satisfying read I could see the surprise ending coming but the tension of the trial was good and taut An Otto Preminger movie from 1959 with James Stewart and Lee Remick features Duke Ellington as the piano player in the bar and includes some of his tunes Another piece of the puzzle regarding fiction in America falls into place for me Librarian s note An alternate cover edition can be found hereFirst published by St Martin s in , Robert Traver s Anatomy of a Murder immediately became the number one bestseller in America, and was subsequently turned into the successful and now classic Otto Preminger film It is not only the most popular courtroom drama in American fiction, but one of the most popular novels of our timeA gripping tale of deceit, murder, and a sensational trial,Anatomy of a Murder is unmatched in the authenticity of its settings, events, and characters This new edition should delight both loyal fans of the past and an entire new generation of readers Thanks to a facebook friend for recommending I read this book for my read 50 books from 50states challenge This book takes place in MICHIGAN and I heard it is loosely based on real events.Well I will say for a book written in the 1950 s this was a topic I did not expect to be, and then I found out it was a very popular book and made into a movie.A crime of rape and murder that is brought to a sensational trial Most of the book is about the prep work for the trial and then the trial Hey court Thanks to a facebook friend for recommending I read this book for my read 50 books from 50states challenge This book takes place in MICHIGAN and I heard it is loosely based on real events.Well I will say for a book written in the 1950 s this was a topic I did not expect to be, and then I found out it was a very popular book and made into a movie.A crime of rape and murder that is brought to a sensational trial Most of the book is about the prep work for the trial and then the trial Hey courtroom drama has not changed much in all these years This was a very satisfying read Many consider it the greatest legal thriller courtroom drama of all time with strong dissent from fans of Agatha Christie s Witness for the Prosecution This iconic thriller involves a suspenseful murder trial that could go either way I find it especially interesting because the story was inspired by an actual case handled by the author in his other life as a criminal defense lawyer I wonder if that was why John Voelker wrote under the pseudonym Robert Traver James Grippando Many consider it the greatest legal thriller courtroom drama of all time with strong dissent from fans of Agatha Christie s Witness for the Prosecution This iconic thriller involves a suspenseful murder trial that could go either way I find it especially interesting because the story was inspired by an actual case handled by the author in his other life as a criminal defense lawyer I wonder if that was why John Voelker wrote under the pseudonym Robert Traver James Grippando In my opinion the 1958 fictionalized true crime story ANATOMY OF A MURDER is a good book that made a near great movie Note that the publisher even issued a later paperback edition with a movie poster reproduction as its cover Travers wrote this book meticulously, but practically all the plot incident wound up in Otto Preminger s equally meticulous 1959 movie with its never before, never again cast including Jimmy Stewart, Arthur O Connell, Lee Remick, Ben Gazarra and Eve Arden Unfortunate In my opinion the 1958 fictionalized true crime story ANATOMY OF A MURDER is a good book that made a near great movie Note that the publisher even issued a later paperback edition with a movie poster reproduction as its cover Travers wrote this book meticulously, but practically all the plot incident wound up in Otto Preminger s equally meticulous 1959 movie with its never before, never again cast including Jimmy Stewart, Arthur O Connell, Lee Remick, Ben Gazarra and Eve Arden Unfortunately, Travers also surely not the first attorney to do so intrudes extraneous opinion about off topics, such as what would happen to his beloved Upper Peninsula if overrun by tourists I m not sorry I read this book, but count ANATOMY OF A MURDER on my small list of books that were made into better movies A classicI had heard of this novel most of my life, and I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about back in its day I was fascinated by the approach it took to a murder, knowing guilt at the outset, then truly hoping that innocence by means of insanity would be proven We learn a lot about human nature, especially our own, by the time we reach the end Equally fascinating is to compare that time, 50 years ago, to today Maybe it s best I waited so long. I randomly picked this up off my grandparent s bookshelf of leather bound Franklin books I have to say that not only did I thoroughly enjoy the well written story, but I learnedabout our legal system than in both my high school and college civics classes combined This will absolutely be a re read A woman is raped at the gates of her neighborhood, but her cries for help register too late By the time her husband, one Lieutenant Frederic Manion of the US Army, realizes what has transpired, the rapist has fled for the safety of the local bara bar which he owns Undeterred, the Lieutenant enters the bar, calmly empties his Luger pistol into the man s chest, and leaves to deliver himself into the hands of the closest deputy sheriff Paul Biegler is a former prosecuting attorney with congr A woman is raped at the gates of her neighborhood, but her cries for help register too late By the time her husband, one Lieutenant Frederic Manion of the US Army, realizes what has transpired, the rapist has fled for the safety of the local bara bar which he owns Undeterred, the Lieutenant enters the bar, calmly empties his Luger pistol into the man s chest, and leaves to deliver himself into the hands of the closest deputy sheriff Paul Biegler is a former prosecuting attorney with congressional ambitions and a struggling practice While Biegler is a potent lawyer, abombastic rival in town attracts most of the criminal defense work A call from Manion seems like a dread godsend while a victory could establish and spread his reputation, a defeat might make him a laughingstock The prosecuting attorney is a man who has already defeated Biegler once at the polls, and who has an eye on the same congressional seat as Biegler This seems like a simple case a decorated war hero killed the man who raped his wife But it isn t enough that a jury might sympathize with Manion morally how can he be defended legally The American Bar Association includes the dramatization of this book on their list of 25 Greatest Legal Movies , and that list drew my attention to the book in the first place While I ve been reading legal thrillers by John Grisham for the last fifteen years, I d never heard of this 1950s era novel Despite the dramatic start, Anatomy isn t a thriller it strikes me as amature novel The author was a practicing attorney and a judge, and wrote the novel based on one of his own cases The judge s lifetime of of experience is on full display here, talking with the reader through Biegler s conversations with Manion and others about the nature of law itself its uses, its shortcomings Anatomy is thus a philosophical novel, and I for one found the musing just as provocative as any nonfiction read The trial remains an interesting mystery throughout, as there proves to beto the story than a hotel owner deciding to attack Mrs Manion Traver John D Voelker s pen name s best talent lies with dialogue The aforementioned philosophical conversations are fascinating, of course, but the on going banter between Biegler and his law partner never failed to delight In short, Anatomy of a Murder is a richer legal novel than any I ve read, and I wish my library carriedby the author I also intend on watching the movie, but that s a given considering it stars James Stewart It was interesting, and definitely edgy for 1958, but it was written in this pedantic, good old boys, kind of style that drive me mad If you like courtroom drama, AND you don t mind a man s man type style and you re not too hung up on getting to the story quickly, this will be a great book to read If any of those things annoy you, stay away.


About the Author: Robert Traver

Robert Traver is the pseudonym of John Donaldson Voelker who served as the Prosecuting Attorney of Marquette County, Michigan and later as the 74th Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court He wrote many books reflecting his two passions, the law and flyfishing, Troubleshooters, Danny and the Boys and Small Town D.A.


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