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The Double Life of Scott Turow

Scott Turow’s story would have nothing different from that of thousands of lawyers who have abandoned their careers to take a leap into the profession of letters, if not for a small detail: he is a retired partner of Dentons, one of the most powerful law firms in the world market.

Every morning he takes the same CTA train to downtown Chicago. Without wasting a single second, he sits down with hasty diligence and writes as fast as possible. Aware that he only has a little over 30 minutes until the Attorney General’s office, he seeks to make the most of them without being distracted by the newspaper or coffee. “I always start like this …” are the first words that flow from his pen and that, without even suspecting it, began a long literary journey that today, more than three decades later, still continues.

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It was the 1980s, and surely not even in the wildest editorial fantasies that could arise from the prolific creativity of that young version of Scott Turow who worked full steam from that wagon, would he have imagined that the book he was writing would occupy the prestigious bestseller list of the New York Times for 45 weeks in a row or a consolidated Harrison Ford on the crest of the wave after embody Indiana Jones and Han Solo would give life to the protagonist in a hugely successful film adaptation.

Harvard Law School had not succeeded in exorcising his soul as a writer and that is why on each journey he struggled to simmer on paper that police thriller that burned so much inside him. The result was Presumed Innocent , the first-person account of the prosecutor Rusty Sabich and his investigation to elucidate the brutal murder of Carolyn Polhemus, his companion and lover. Possibly the pioneering novel that dared to mix the bloody world of criminal lawyers and their intricate procedural labyrinth with a pinch of criminal conspiracy, an exquisite cocktail from which great contemporary figures such as John Grisham or Petros Márkaris would drink.

But the story of Scott Turow would have nothing different from those of thousands of lawyers who throughout the planet abandon their careers to take a leap into the void towards the hazardous profession of letters, if not for one small detail: he is a partner retired from Dentons, one of the most powerful law firms in the world market with more than ten thousand lawyers in its ranks. Thus, Scott Turow is my personal hero and the only litigant that I know of who has accomplished the impossible: balancing a double life between prestigious writer and major league attorney.

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“Mr. Chacón, the problem is time “ – he confesses to me in an email exchange – ” In my spare time I think about what to write and I’m ready to start as soon as I sit on the train . ” His winning recipe has continued to work for 10 novels, including The Last Trial , the last one he released a year ago. All of them mosaics of the diverse legal fauna that inhabits the legal universe, characters abstracted by the gear of the Law who stumble along the conveyor belt of the North American judicial system with time to solve a crime along the way.