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Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow

Ordinary Heroes

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Scott Turow takes a break from courtroom fiction to offer us this effective novel about the corrosive power of WWII and the entombment of its memories within post-war American families. When his veteran father dies, Stewart Dubin, a courtroom journalist, decides to research his life. Discovering his dad's war journal, Stewart finds that American ideals of justice had little relevance on the battlefields of Europe. A very well characterised and intriguing story.

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Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow

All parents keep secrets from their children. My father, it seemed, kept more than most ...Whilst mourning the death of his father, journalist, Stewart Dubin decides to research the life of a man he had always respected, always admired, but possibly never quite knew ...As a young, idealistic lawyer during the last terrible months of the Second World War, David Dubin was sent to the European Front - ostensibly to bring charges against a brave American hero, Robert Martin, who had suddenly, inexplicably, gone local and stopped following orders. Martin has become a liability and the authorities want him neutralized. But as Dubin learns more about Martin and the demons possessing him, he finds himself falling in love with Martin's enigmatic ex-mistress - a dangerous woman of incredible courage. And someone who will do anything to protect her comrade-in-arms ...Stewart discovers a journal written by his father - and learns of his incredible courage in the face of battle, reads first-hand of the shattering moral consequences for those caught in the chaos of war and, finally, the secret he had died protecting ...

About the Author

Scott Turow

Scott Turow is an attorney and an author. His first book, One L, about his experience as a first-year student at Harvard Law School, was published in 1977. Ten years later, he achieved a life-long ambition, with the publication of his first novel, Presumed Innocent, followed by The Burden of Proof and Pleading Guilty. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages and, in total, have sold approximately twenty-five million copies worldwide. They have won a number of literary awards.

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3rd February 2006


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