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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Venice International Film Festival: He also manages to traaver what I consider a dry subject interesting. I find this other comment from the Wikipedia entry for the movie nauseatingly unsettling: The trial phase puts the reader murdfr the courtroom, practically as one of the jurors. The other images from popular media, though, the ones of lawyers seizing on any slender possibility that could remotely work in their favor?

Symbolism now carries the day, it’s the one true ladder of literary heaven.

Theatrical release poster by Saul Bass. Grew to love the characters and hated to see the story end. Even a little dog.

The book makes no mystery of the killing that takes place.

Through Pilant, Biegler is unable to get Paquette to testify on behalf of Manion. Notify me of new posts via email. Preview — Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver. Anatomy is thus a philosophical novel, and I for one found the musing just as provocative as any nonfiction read.

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Anatomy of a Murder

It makes my old soul happy, but my already large TBR very unhappy. Hey court Thanks to a facebook friend for recommending I read this book for my read 50 books from 50states challenge.

He wrote Anatomy of a Murder based on a murder case, under the pen name of Robert Traver. Manion left a note for Biegler, indicating that his flight was “an irresistible impulse”, the same justification Biegler used during the trial.

But this is a wonderful book, especially for those who might be thinking about law school. It had to be made into a movie; every page screams it. Scott as the prosecuting attorney Claude Dancer.

Anatomy of a Murder (Traver) – LitLovers

Laura is very frank too frank about Manny’s jealousy, and however much empathy there can be for a man going after someone who raped his wife, within the strict letter of the law it simply was not justifiable homicide. Of course, I have seen the movie version with Jimmy Stewart, and will now need to revisit the movie. Voelker based the novel on a murder case in which he was the defense attorney.

Paul Biegler is a former prosecuting attorney with congressional ambitions and a struggling practice.

Jun 18, Daniel Villines rated it really liked it. Archived from the original on June 19, Another piece of the puzzle regarding fiction in America falls into murser for me. Manion was known to abuse his wife and Mrs. Manion and his wife skip town without paying Biegler for his services. The prosecution tries every means to keep the rape out of the evidence.


His wife hires Biegler to defend robedt. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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 anatom.

Because of some intriguing side stories about the murderer, his wife and the victim; because a rape preceded the murder; because the setting is integral to the plot, it was all in all a satisfying read.

I randomly picked this up off my grandparent’s bookshelf of leather-bound Franklin books. The writing is clunky and wordy but Traver goes quite extensively into all aspects of preparing a case, selecti 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. Has anyone else experienced this?

Dec 10, Corey rated it really liked it.