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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Time felt that it was well-paced, well-acted, and that the explicit language was warranted within the film’s context. I could see the “surprise” ending coming but the tension of the trial was good and taut.

Peterson Not Guilty Because of Insanity”. When his wife Laura woke him up and to tell him she had been beaten and raped, Army Lieutenant Frederick Manion picked up his loaded Luger went out and shot the man she said did it, bartender Barney Quill. In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan vy, small-town lawyer Paul Biegler Stewarta former district attorney who lost his re-election bid, anayomy most of his time fishing, playing the piano, and hanging out with his alcoholic friend and colleague Parnell McCarthy O’Connell and sardonic secretary Maida Rutledge Arden.

Manion does not deny the murder, but claims that Quill raped his wife. This will absolutely be a re-read! Former DA Paul Biegler is pulled away from his fishing to consider taking the case for the defense. It started out feeling overly stuffed with colorful similes and analogies at the expense of the story but once I got to the courtroom scenes the tension pulled me along. Despite being heard “in bits and pieces” the score “contains some of his most evocative and eloquent music Voelker based the novel on a murder case in which he was the defense attorney.


A pretty realistic portrayal of a trial lawyer’s life when on trial. I’m so glad I’m studying law at the time when the discovery process exists.

Jan 09, Lesley rated it really liked it Shelves: But at least this way I had no idea what was going to happen next in the book; that was nice. Thoug This book was brought to my attention by its appearance on a “best mystery” list.

Dec 06, Christopher rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 18, Daniel Villines rated it really liked it. Frederic admitted killing Barney Quill after Barney brutally raped and beat h Based on a true story, this novel is the first of its kind in the genre of legal thrillers. The truth is far more complex than anyone imagined. I also intend on watching the movie, but that’s a given considering it stars James Stewart.

Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver. I’d give this book 6 stars if I could.

Maybe I would aantomy given it a three, but being able to identify with the setting and the movie made it more enjoyable. Retrieved May 14, You are commenting using your WordPress. The site’s consensus states, “One of cinema’s greatest courtroom dramas, Anatomy of a Murder is tense, thought-provoking, and brilliantly acted, with great performances from James Stewart and George C. Lists with This Book.

An Otto Premminger classic; a break-through in the discussion of this graphic evidence under the Hayes Code. I was fascinated by the approach it took to a murder, knowing guilt at the outset, then truly hoping that innocence by means of insanity would be proven.

I went to college in Anatony, Michigan where the movie, Anatomy of a Murder, rohert filmed, but never read the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Robert Traver. Notify me of new posts via email. And it seems like it could be a tough sell: Even a little dog. I tend to doubt very many writers traevr would quite have the gall to use phrases like Traver does. I find this other comment from the Wikipedia entry for the movie nauseatingly unsettling: Just started this and am already hooked.


Anatomy of a Murder is a novel that lives within the construct of law. Paul Biegler is a former prosecuting attorney with congressional ambitions and a struggling practice.

I read this book right before starting law school.

As with every evolutionary process, there were diversions along the w Of the many constructs that have been invented by mankind to keep society whole, I see the invention of law as being the most important. In the novel, fictional defense attorney Paul Biegler agrees to defend Frederick Manion—a seemingly impossible task: Traver delivers straightforward literature; articulate, intelligent and expecting the same of his reader.

How many trial films would dare spend so much time watching lawyers do what many lawyers do most and enjoy least —research? One of my favorite quo Of course, I have seen the movie version with Jimmy Stewart, and will now need to revisit the movie. The prosecution tries every means to keep the rape out of the evidence. The next day, Biegler and McCarthy travel to the Manions’ trailer park home to get Manion’s signature on a promissory note which they hope will suffice as collateral for a desperately needed loan.

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He wrote many books reflecting his two passions, the law and flyfishing, Troubleshooters, Danny and the Boys and Small Town D.

As with every evolutionary process, there were diversions along the way, but in comparing where we are to where we once were, we have achieved a path of improvement. I really found it to be an enjoyable read.