First published by St. Martin's in 1958, Robert Traver's Anatomy of a Murder immediately became the number-one bestseller in America, and was subsequently turned into the now classic Otto Preminger film of the same name, starring Jimmy Stewart and Duke Ellington.
It's not only the most popular courtroom drama in American fiction, but one of the most popular novels of our time.
A gripping tale of deceit, murder, and a sensational trial, Anatomy of a Murder is unmatched in the authenticity of its settings, events, and characters. This new edition should delight both loyal fans of the past and an entire new generation of readers.
"The characters are as fresh as when they were first created, the tension high, and the cross- examinations and legal chicanery full of suspense. The novel is simply what it says on the cover. A classic." - Tangled Web
This is one of my all-time favorite book, full of unique characters and a great story based on a real case. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in crime drama and how the legal system works.
This book was turned into an equally great movie (in black and white - so the younger generations have ignored it and don’t know what they have missed). The courtroom scenes have been considered maybe the best in cinema history.
An outstanding book
This is one of the two books that changed my life. It and To Kill a Mockingbird we the reason that I became a lawyer. I was living in Michigan when I read it and saw many of the books characters in people I knew at the time.
The book sets forth the struggle that all defense attorneys are faced with when the have a truly amazing case and the life of their client hangs in the balance. It is a must read for lawyers and lawyers to be.