Picks and Pans Review: Fluent in Legalese, Scott Turow Proved Himself a Writer

updated 03/07/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/07/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

"We're at the point in time where lawyers have the stature of cowboys," says novelist Scott Turow, 44. "They seem to be the only people on the contemporary scene who are recognized as dealing with moral problems." That, at least, is Turow's explanation for the popularity not only of his best-selling Presumed Innocent but for all the legal thrillers that have come crowding after it. Yet Turow, who still practices law in Chicago, is capable of arguing along other lines. "Lawyers are figures of the Madonna complex," he says. "Which is to say that there are certain phenomena in the popular culture that people are attracted to and repulsed by at the same time."


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