Scott Turow, (born April 12, 1949, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.), American lawyer and best-selling writer known for crime and suspense novels dealing with law and the legal profession.
His first novel, Presumed Innocent (1987; film 1990), was written while he was working as an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago (1978–86). The story of Rusty Sabich, a deputy prosecutor assigned to investigate the murder of a female colleague with whom he had had an affair, is a well-crafted tale of suspense. The Burden of Proof (1990; television film 1992) and Pleading Guilty (1993; television film 2010) continue in the vein of legal drama, although the former focuses more on the domestic troubles of its protagonist. The latter tells the story of a lawyer and former cop who is instructed to find a coworker who has embezzled millions.