First published by St. Martin’s in , Robert Traver’s Anatomy of a Murder immediately became the number-one bestseller in America, and. Our Reading Guide for Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver includes a Book Club Discussion Guide, Book Review, Plot Summary-Synopsis and Author Bio. It’s a fictionalized account of an actual trial, “written by Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker under the pen name Robert Traver.

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Anatomy of a Murder

Retrieved June 10, — via Google Books. Email required Address never made public. The truth is far more complex than anyone imagined. The killer is known and confesses in the opening pages. Biegler must find a way to legally justify the act in such a way as to overcome the natural sympathies and consciences of the jury.

I haven’t read many books in this genre other than To Kill a Mockingbird, but if they’re all as good as Robert Traver’s, I’ll be reading more of them soon.

Venice International Film Festival: This book was brought to my attention by its appearance on a “best mystery” list. Outside of the fact that this drama gets a little tiring in spots—in its two hours and forty minutes, most of which is spent in court—it is well nigh flawless as a picture of an American court at work, of small-town American characters and of the average sordidness of crime.

Problem is, while perfectly human and understandable, it was still murder, and Manny’s been in jail ever since, trial pending. Videos About This Book. Trivia About Anatomy of a Murder.

But at least this way I had no idea what was going to happen next in the book; that was nice. At 2 on the bestseller list is this story of a murder and trial, set in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


During the trial, Laura claims that Quill tore off her panties while raping her; the panties were not found where she alleges the rape took place. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Nov 01, Devin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Proper review to come eventually. We learn a lot about human nature, especially our own, by the time we reach the end. When Dancer asserts forcibly rohert Quill was Pilant’s lover and that Pilant lied to cover this fact, Pilant shocks everyone by stating that Quill was her father.

The problem is, how do you defend a man who commits a murder in front of a bar full of witnesses and then admits he did it to the police? This entry was posted in booksmystery and tagged Anatomy of a MurderlawyersMichiganRobert Travertrialtrue crime. Daley[20] and his police commissioner.

Much of the book is semi-autobiographical. I also intend on watching the movie, but that’s a given considering it stars James Stewart.

Well written — obviously by a lawyer. The process is guided by a judge, who’s sole responsibility is to place the law above any human passion present in the courtroom. Martin’s inRobert 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.

Paperbackpages. The underlying idea is What husband worth his salt wouldn’t kill the man who did that to his wife? He needs a case; he’s not the only defense attorney in his small Michigan town, and the other one’s flashier; his secretary, Maida the perfect 50’s secretary, sassy and efficient bothwould like to be paid her salary, thank you.

The prosecuting attorney is a man who has already defeated Biegler once at the polls, and who has fo eye on the same congressional seat as Biegler.

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Eventually, Traver’s book was adapted for the stage in by Elihu Winer. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Hey courtroom drama has not changed much in all these years.!