Books by Robert Traver

Released: Oct. 20, 1981

"And for those who don't mind the creakiness here—likable Ludlow's wheezy humor, the chunks of technical exposition, or some truly unreal conversational outbursts from 28-year-old Randy ('How can mere clumsy words ever tell the state of enchantment, of suspended ecstasy and bliss, that came over me when we two were together')—this is a nice old-fashioned read, with special appeal to hypnotism buffs and armchair lawyers."
No, this isn't another Anatomy of a Murder: the psychology and law are a bit too undigested here, the central mystery is a little too easy to guess, and much of the stagy, folksy dialogue is awfully dated. Read full book review >
TROUT MAGIC by Robert Traver
Released: Oct. 17, 1974

"Writing in a somewhat impish, unsophisticated voice, Traver still makes fly-casting invigorating."
The author of Anatomy of a Murder reveals his lifelong passion for speckled browns and rainbows and slightly less long love affair with dry fly-casting. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 1967

Random racontage by lawyer, ex-D.A., ex-novelist Traver has a fair amount of human interest, not much style (Mr. Traver objects to "inflated" juridical speech and/or writing and he's a long way from it—in fact he just kind of gabs in his shirtsleeves). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 18, 1965

"He's done a lot better in the past."
Young maverick lawyer William Poe sets up practice in a Michigan mining town during the late nineteenth century and takes as his first client a beautiful Chippewa Indian girl called Laughing Whitefish, or simply Charlotte. Read full book review >
HORNSTEIN'S BOY by Robert Traver
Released: April 11, 1962

"Again there is the insistence on characters — Hornstein and his Bechstein, his composing and his idealism, Leon and his kaleidoscoping of Negro traits, the good guys and the bad guys (both of which can interchange), — the retreat to the out of doors and fishing, the upper mid-West scenery, and, here, the sense of immediacy applicable to today's current events — which should make this a stable mate of the earlier book."
The earlier Anatomy of a Murder (1958) here becomes the anatomy of a senatorial campaign with 44 year old widower Walt Whitman Dressler narrating the sequences that persuaded him to run and the means by which he was elected. Read full book review >
ANATOMY OF A MURDER by Robert Traver
Released: Jan. 1, 1958

"The fine — and some not so fine — points of legal procedures annotate this overlong brief, put it in the fancier's rather than the literary classification."
By the author of the non-fiction title Small Town D. A (Dutton, 1954), this transfers its technicalities to a fiction treatment of a murder and its trial, locating these doings on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where a long experienced prosecuting D.A. gets his first criminal defense experience. Read full book review >
SMALL TOWN D.A. by Robert Traver
Released: July 29, 1954

"A successor to his earlier Troubleshooter, these tribulations as well as trials of a local vigilance have a rambunctious recap here and will appeal largely to a masculine audience."
From his files as a prosecutor in the mining, farming, lumbering district of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, this is a generally active account of Traver's fourteen year offensive against offenders of all kinds and in and out of court. Read full book review >
Released: March 26, 1951

"Generally engaging episodes in the tradition of the benevolent bum, for a masculine audience."
A sentimental journey in the manner of Bret Harte to the moonshining camp of an old scalliwag and his pals in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 15, 1943

"In the telling it is always human, often humorous, and frequently absorbing reading."
Good masculine stuff in authentic cases, human emotions, foibles, and personal enthusiasm for the job which never dulls a belief in the final goodness and toughness of manking, as Traver, county prosecutor of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, unfolds the story of how he became a specialist on all fronts. Read full book review >

"Expert and novice of this brotherhood will strike for this."
The author of The Anatomy of Murder considers more fully the hobby which had its emphasis in that novel and calls up visions of trout fishing and the art and ritual of fly fishing along the waters and ponds of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Read full book review >