Thursday, June 5, 2008


Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow is a departure from his usual courtroom drama, but Turow's calling card is really moral dilemmas. This WWII story definitely has a dilemma, though not necessarily moral. The book is told in first person by both David, a lawyer-soldier, and his son Stewart, an unemployed journalist. Sometimes I had to read a few sentences before it was apparent who was narrating. Stewart finds out after his dad's death that David was court-martialed, and Stewart embarks on a mission of discovery of who his dad really was. During the war, David was ordered to capture Major Robert Martin, a rogue soldier suspected of being a Russian spy. However, he became friends with Martin and even assisted in one of his missions, getting his first taste of combat. David then fell in love with Gita, a member of Martin's band of bandits. Martin evaded capture time and again, partly with Gita's help, as she double-crossed David to save Martin, and partly due to David's inner conflict about his assignment. The Burden of Proof is still my favorite Scott Turow novel.

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