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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But at least this way I had no idea what was going to happen next in the book; that was nice. Oh, and Lee Remick is perfect as Laura Manion.

This is a book that requires the right mindset. The other images from popular media, though, the ones of lawyers seizing on any slender possibility og could remotely work in their favor?

It had to be made into a movie; every page screams it. Even a little dog. Voelker under the pen name Robert Traver.

Anatomy of a Murder

Voelker based the novel on a murder case in which he was the defense attorney. It looks so simple at the beginning: When his wife Laura woke him up and to tell him she murxer been beaten and raped, Army Lieutenant Frederick Manion picked up his loaded Luger went out and shot the man she said did tdaver, bartender Barney Quill. Former DA Paul Biegler is pulled away from his fishing to consider taking the case for the defense.


So he puts down his fishing rod and goes to the jail, and finds it a tough call: And it seems like it could be a tough sell: Cropped screenshot of the film Anatomy mjrder a Murder Photo credit: I tend to doubt very many writers nowadays would quite have the gall to use phrases like Traver does. And the handling of the rape and the discussion of it is … interesting, a blend of euphemism and clinical directness from everyone concerned, with almost no emotion whatsoever.

Murderr own reactions are the only real weak point of the book, perhaps excusable by the male first person point of view: The film of Anatomy of a Murder was directed and produced by Otto Preminger, but — rape aside — I could easily see this as a Capra film. What exactly is the truth, and should this man be allowed out of ronert It has to be exhilarating.

And it all comes down to a nail-biter, complete with a last-minute curveball and an epilogue murdre will leave you blinking. Characterization is vivid and colorful — and so is the setting. Dialogue is natural; supernatural, actually, in its wittiness and quickness — this is the way I wish I could talk except less chauvinistic.

And the story is gripping. I find this other comment from the Wikipedia entry for the movie nauseatingly unsettling: The murder scene body outline is still there, although it is possibly a restoration and not wnatomy original outline.


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