BACKBONE OF THE HERRING by Judge Curtis Hok

BACKBONE OF THE HERRING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Legal memoirs, somewhat academic, elegantly mannered in style, this is nevertheless a happy departure from the usual type. An intellectual approach to a study of a judge's responsibilities, weaknesses, humanity, interpretation of justice, etc. in a narrative presentation of the protagonist, Judge Ulen's tenure of office and the cases that come before him. Ulah stands for a composite picture of a judge- one senses a good deal of autobiography here, and also a judicious inclusion of the experiences of others, so as to cover a wider field, all types of cases on the judicial calendar. Good tales, emphasizing the constant drain on a magistrate's faculties, the pressure each case exerts, the demands on the spirit as well as the letter of the law. Curtis Hok is himself Judge of Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia.

Publisher: Knopf