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Fatal FictionsCrime and Investigation in Law and Literature$
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Alison L. LaCroix, Richard H. McAdams, and Martha C. Nussbaum

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190610784

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610784.001.0001

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On My Careers in Crime

On My Careers in Crime

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(p.1) 1 On My Careers in Crime
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Fatal Fictions
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Scott Turow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610784.003.0001

Starting the volume is Scott Turow’s “On My Careers in Crime,” the keynote speech of the conference in which he describes his occupations as a writer and lawyer. He did not set out to be a “crime writer” but simply a novelist, and yet he was inevitably attracted to stories that include an element of crime, especially after he began working with state prosecutors as a law student and, later, became a federal prosecutor himself. With the unique perspective of a lawyer who has worked on criminal cases weaving narratives for the jury and who has also worked as a writer creating stories about lawyers who weave such narratives, Turow reflects on the deep power that crime stories have for all of us.

Keywords:   Scott Turow, crime fiction, crime writing, novels, lawyers

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