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Personal Injuries

(Kindle County Legal Thriller #5)

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  5,990 ratings  ·  234 reviews
An ambitious personal injury lawyer, Robbie Feaver finds his less-than-ethical practices coming back to haunt him when, in exchange for leniency from prosecution, he is forced into an uneasy alliance with an enigmatic female FBI agent, in a story of greed, human weakness, love, and unexpected heroism.
Paperback, 528 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1999)
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RJ from the LBC
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The fifth volume in Turow's Kindle County returns the series to the excellent form of the first two volumes, Presumed Innocent and The Burden of Proof. The story of an FBI sting operation investigating judicial malfeasance features shocking plot twists all the way to the final few pages, and as usual Turow's characters are surprisingly well drawn. Turow's faults are still evident as well, especially lengthy passages of exposition and description (the first time we visit any room there will be a ...more
Judi
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-1999
The events in this novel are narrated by Defense Attorney George Mason who tells us from the start that this is a "lawyer's story, the kind attorneys like to hear and tell. About a case. About a client." So we should already know that this isn't going to be the run-of-the-mill courtroom drama.

The case at first appears to be about tax evasion. The IRS Criminal Intelligence unit has found a non-interest bearing checking account that has millions in it and large sums of money withdrawn from it. No
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Arlene Sanders
Jul 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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I know Robbie Feaver.

Maybe you do, too — if you’re lucky.

In my opinion, Robbie is among the most brilliantly — and lovingly — created characters in fiction.

Robbie is a lawyer, a nice Jewish boy, handsome, sexy, funny, and a complex human being.

“You could never count on him for honesty, assuming he even knew what it was. He was unruly and incorrigible. But if she stumbled, he’d come running. She couldn’t even say for sure she’d be able to reach out when he extended a hand. But he’d be there. she
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David
May 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: completed
Robbie is a lawyer who got caught passing bribes to judges. They make a deal with him to wear a wire so they can convict the judges. Things get more and more dangerous-- but the story is more about Robbie's philosophy of life and his impact on those around him.. his own lawyer and the beautiful F.B.I. agent posing as his new legal secretary and his wife, who is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease.

This is a tough book to read. Robbie's philosophy is to love those around him, though he does it th
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Thomas Devine
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
With a review of a 1999 copyrighted book I've obviously come across it in a second-hand shop. As a writer, I know this does the author out of a royalty (and regret that) but it's the best I can afford. And second-hand sales at least get an author additional readers. It's also a fact that I find myself more comfortable with traditional fiction writing from last century than some of its more modern forms.

One way to judge a book is by how well it measures up to its cover blurbs.

I agree with the "Gu
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Craig Monson
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Personal Injuries takes readers once again to Kindle County, USA (somewhere in flyover country) and, in my view, back to the standard of Presumed Innocent. Within the first 1,000 words the Feds + IRS have turned a rich, successful, charming, womanizing personal injury lawyer, whom they wire up and employ to entrap a cohort of judges and various minions of the court, all similarly on the take. As the investigation lumbers forward over six months, through a thicket of legal, logistical, and electr ...more
Tex
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Maybe I’m done with Scott Turrow and maybe it’s lawyer procedural that I’m done with. Maybe it’s because I just read a phenomenal debut novel and then a YA fantasy and then this. This one dragged on for me.
The title seemed to have nothing to do with the story. The only character that got any kind of depth was the main shady lawyer. The narration was first person which did not seem to have any reason attached to it as the narrator was a mere silhouette of a person. Good like a plain bread and Am
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Ernie
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never read a book by this guy, and don't really read legal thrillers at all. Still, I think Turow has a real knack for character building and even the side characters are all fleshed out enough to be interesting. The plot itself is a little much, but I stuck around just to see the interactions between the players. I listened to the audiobook which was brilliantly narrated and overall I found it quite enjoyable.
Amber
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this one better than Pleading Guilty, the other Turow novel I've read dealing with a financial crime rather than a murder. The character depth in this book was amazing. I found myself hating Robbie Feaver and then, by the end of the book, forgiving him for all his indiscretions. Evon Miller was the other character I really felt attached to by the end of the book. I thought Turow did an incredible job filling out her character, which left me feeling like I didn't really know her until nea ...more
Crick Waters
Oct 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
I did not like this book. From little thinks like Turow's insistence on shifting from referring to characters by first name then last name, even in the same paragraph. Really? Why?? Purely annoying to the reader having to keep track of what's going on in two character name-spaces. It would have been one thing if certain characters referred to each other by last name for effect, but that wasn't the case. This book is in the third person -

I suspect I was supposed to care about the main character
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Liz
Aug 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
I had hopes that this book would be better than the one I just read – I was still charged from the plot turn and rather hopeful to read a true page turner. Nope – didn't happen. This book did not hold my interest. It was overly descriptive, slow and drawn out. It was actually painful to read. I continued through the book hoping as Pleading Guilty, it would suddenly be good – it never happened. I would not recommend this book.
Tracey
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
I hadn't read a Scott Turow book since probably the late 80s. I think my reading taste has advanced since those days. This book had complex legal machinations and intricately woven character parts, but was hard for me to follow - hard to remember all the characters' names. I just wasn't that impressed. Interesting story, but too long and too much intricate info for me.
Michael Adamchuk
Stan Sennett, DA, wants to clean up the Kindle County judiciary. With the help of the IRS, he finds out a local attorney, Robbie Feaver, has been paying off judges from a slush find he has with his partner, Mort Dinnerstein. Senett uses the leverage to set up a sting using Feaver. Some interesting legal maneuvers, a love story, and greed.
Dolores
May 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Meh. Too many words to just get to an ending I didn't even really like. I liked Robbie (sometimes) Rainey (sad) and Evon ok but the rest not so much. Maybe the next Turow book I have on my shelf will be better.
David Portas
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another cracking legal thriller. The only slight problem with the author is the books are very very long.
Debbie
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well done
Evelyn Wilson
Aug 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
I think I shouldn't star this but am not going to read it. Didn't care for The Laws of Our Fathers. I try to read 100 pages but stopped in that one at 97. Too much nonsense information.
Vicki Elia
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook Review
4 3/4 Stars

This novel is perhaps Turow's greatest piece of fiction of his entire collection.

It's not a legal courtroom drama. It is the story of Robbie Feaver, a high-end ambulance chaser, who is caught in a bribery scheme that includes all the Judges and their minions in Kindle County. Robbie reluctantly agrees to flip on the Judges and work with the FBI. His motives are relatively simple -- he wants to protect his long-time partner Mort and his wife Lorraine, who is dying of A
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Ross
May 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
Seeking mysteries I happened upon this work and having read Presumed Innocent long ago, and 4-5 years ago I had read a well written non-fiction documentary by Turow of a noted miscarriage of justice. So I decided to give it a try.
The story starts off with what portends to be an intersting plot. But then for the technically picky reader like me (scientist) it becomes contrived nonsense. For example, the author asks us to believe the anti-hero, a crooked personal injury attorney, has been practic
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katie
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. As hard as it was to get into at first with all the legal jargon and long paragraphs, this book really is a story about a confused, lost, idealist human being. While Robbie made mistakes and lied constantly, he was a deep character that Turow wrote incredibly well. The plot wasn't the most exciting, but I think the story was more about building the characters. (It was strange that we knew less about the narrator than any of the other people.) The depiction of Rainey and ALS wa ...more
Alison
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, it was a pretty good read. Overall it was a good story but, there were times I almost got bored with things that really didn't play that much into the story line. I did like toward the end when things started to come together, good twists and turns and an ending I didn't see coming which I think maybe I should have. Hind sight is 20/20 right, like the 6th Sense, you go back and watch it a 2nd time and you're like "Ah, Bruce Willis WAS dead the whole time!" Sorry if I spoiled ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Personal Injuries, by Scott turow, a-minus, Narrated by Mark Bramhall, Produced by Hachette Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

Robbie Feaver is a well-known personal injury lawyer who almost always wins his cases. He is partnered with a lawyer he has known all his life, and the two work well together. But the Federal Distyrict Attorney and the FBI find out that he had fraudulently withheld money from the IRS. It’s quite a bit of money, so the prosecutor gets Robbie to agree to wear a wire and in
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Steve
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow! What a great read. Scott Turow's writing is ourstanding: storyline, dialogue and character development are all first-rate. I didn't see the ending coming the way it came. Made perfect sense but still a real suprise. This story also resonated with me on a personal level. The description of one of the character's struggle with ALS, with it's slow and hideous progression, was painfully accurate. Having watched ALS slowly take my father's life in 1999 (but not his dignity) I can attest to both ...more
Krizia Anna
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scott-turow
This was a remarkable book from an author and a genre I don't usually read about. I was quite shocked that I liked this. The story was well thought of, well paced and well written. The characters are memorable and they became a part of you. It's a law story that has heart and I think that what was good about it. I think this book is underrated so I recommend everybody to grab a copy and read it! Watch out for the twist at the end!
Dennis
Apr 22, 2009 rated it liked it
This had enought twists and turns to make it interesting. I don't know if I'd call it believable but it was fun, in its way.
Abbas
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was delighted by the "density" of the descriptions of both the outer and inner worlds of the places and people in the book.
Jane
Mar 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
goes on and on and on. good to fall asleep by.
David
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: turow-scott
My average rating is in the low 3's, an overall rating that very much resembles a bell curve. When I first started reading this novel, it was in bed before nodding off for the night. After a 100 pages or so, I knew that this story needed to be consumed when I was fully alert, ie. during daylight hours. That is when the story became alive for me. This is a story about good gone bad, a story about a person's life, in this case a lawyer, with his practice, with his mother, with his wife, and with h ...more
Karl Jorgenson
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Turrow is a fantastic writer. His similes have similes and every one is spot-on. He loves characters; 80 percent of his books are characters. Reading Turrow, I am immersed in the world of Kindle County courts with its judges, lawyers, defendants, and minor players. It could not be more real if it was real.
And that is Turrow's one weak spot: when you read Grisham or some other thriller writer, you can suspend your disbelief and enjoy a fantastic story with a huge payoff. When you read Turrow, it'
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Ferne
Apr 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
What a difference in my opinions. I previously read five (5) novels by Scott Turow. I included the statement in a review of "Innocent" that "Legal thriller" seems too trite as a descriptive tag as Scott Turow's writing is in a class by itself. The two (2) novels I particularly enjoyed were "Presumed Innocent" (Kindle County #1) and "Innocent" (Kindle County #8).

I was looking forward to being engrossed in "Personal Injuries" but after reading for several evenings there seems no point to continue
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Scott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, including IDENTICAL, INNOCENT, PRESUMED INNOCENT, and THE BURDEN OF PROOF, and two nonfiction books, including ONE L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has fre ...more

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  • Pleading Guilty (Kindle County Legal Thriller #3)
  • The Laws Of Our Fathers (Kindle County Legal Thriller #4)
  • Reversible Errors (Kindle County Legal Thriller #6)
  • Limitations (Kindle County Legal Thriller #7)
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