Annal: 1987 Dagger Award for Crime Novel

Results of the Dagger Award in the year 1987.

Book:A Fatal Inversion

A Fatal Inversion

Barbara Vine

Book:Presumed Innocent

Presumed Innocent

Scott Turow

Rusty Sabich, Kindle County’s longtime chief deputy prosecutor, has been asked to investigate the murder of one of his colleagues, Carolyn Polhemus. What Horgan, Sabich’s boss, doesn’t know is that Carolyn and Rusty had been lovers.

As Rusty nears 40, both his marriage and his career seem stalled. His energies focus on his son, and his desperate, unhappy love for Carolyn. The investigation fuels his fantasies, but he makes little progress in finding the killer. When his boss loses his bid for re-election, Rusty suddenly, incredibly, finds himself on trial for Carolyn’s murder.

“Scott Turow’s novel about a trial lawyer on trial captures the raised adrenaline, the gamesmanship and the sheer emotional impact of life in the courtroom with utter authenticity.”—Vincent Bugliosi

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