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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I have to say that not only did I thoroughly enjoy the well written story, but I learned more about our legal system than in both my high school and college civics classes combined. The ordeal is a human process, but one that is governed by the rule of law. A woman is raped. Voelker under the pen name Robert Traver. Retrieved from ” https: It may have started with ancient chiefs and kings dictating their personal, passionate, and biased desires for justice.

Open Preview See a Problem? Her own reactions are the only real weak point of the book, perhaps excusable by the male first person point of view: 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.

For the most part, the plot remains the same from the movie: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. This was a very satisfying read The book is not always better than the movie.


As a law school grad, you have to love any book that talk Really enjoyed this book – though at nearly pages it took me forever.

The author was a practicing attorney and a judge, and wrote the novel based on one of his own cases.

Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver

The blurring of right and wrong — who’s lying? Hey court Thanks to a facebook friend for recommending I read this book for my read rbert books from 50states challenge. Paperbackpages.

Really enjoyed this book – though at nearly pages it took me forever. Anatomy of a Murder: The Murder Behind the Movie”. 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.

Archived from the original on January 2, The book makes no mystery of the killing that takes place. May 13, Steven Starry trsver it it was amazing.

Anatomy of a Murder

Maybe it’s best I waited so long. Well written but at times a bit too much legal talk for the average reader.

Another piece of the puzzle regarding fiction in America falls into place for me. The trial phase puts the reader in the courtroom, practically as one of the jurors. robrrt

Language and sexual themes are explicit, at variance with the times and other films when it was produced. Dec 12, Katie rated it really liked it. X descriptions of the trial are detailed and could have been tedious but are not. Well written — obviously by a lawyer. Retrieved June 10, — via Google Books.


I bet the movie is good though. A crime of rape and murder that is brought to a sensational trial. I randomly picked this ajatomy off my grandparent’s bookshelf of leather-bound Franklin books. Sam Leavitt Best Film Editing: I could see the “surprise” ending coming but the tension of the trial was good and hy. Jan 04, Kathleen Hagen added it Shelves: This new edition should delight both loyal fans of the past and an entire new generation of readers.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Scott Best Cinematography, Black-and-White: Inthe American Bar Association rated this as one of the 12 best trial films of all time. Realism, Pragmatism, Practical Reasoning and Principles.

Manion is found “not guilty by reason of insanity”. I can’t believe I’ve never seen this book’s movie; I love James Stewart. Scott as the prosecuting attorney Claude Dancer.