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Interweaving an insider's account of the true-crime saga and Netflix sensation Making a Murderer with other controversial cases from his career, this powerful memoir from Steven Avery's defense attorney reveals the flaws in America's criminal justice system and puts forth a provocative, persuasive call for reform.

Not since The Thin Blue Line has there been a true-crime saga as engrossing as Making a Murderer. Captivating audiences across demographic lines, it made Steven Avery a household name and thrust defense attorney Jerome F. Buting - and his fight against America's dysfunctional criminal justice system - into the spotlight.

In Illusion of Justice, Buting uses the Avery case as a springboard to examine the shaky integrity of our law enforcement and legal systems, which he has witnessed firsthand for nearly four decades. From his early career as a public defender to his success overturning wrongful convictions, his story provides a compelling insider's view into the high-stakes world of criminal defense and suggests that while in principle the law presumes innocence, in practice it more often than not presumes guilt.

Combining narrative reportage with critical commentary and personal reflection, Buting explores his professional motivations, the high-profile cases that defined his career, and the path to much-needed criminal justice reform. Taking its place beside acclaimed best sellers such as Just Mercy and The New Jim Crow, Illusion of Justice is a tour de force from a relentless and eloquent advocate for justice who is determined to fulfill his professional responsibility - and, in the face of overwhelming odds, make the judicial system work as it is designed to.

©2017 Jerome F. Buting (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Kristie G.
  • 05-03-2017

Truth behind the illusion

A gripping, clear and well written account of the Avery case and so much more. With insight into the author and the events that shape how people come to view prosecutions and defendants, Illusion, is a triumphant and masterful book.

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  • Regan Williams
  • 26-11-2017

Tells it like it is . . .

As a former prosecutor turned public defender, I'm always eager to read a fellow defense attorney's experiences in hopes of gaining wisdom and inspiration. Mr. Buting's story delivers both in abundance. He openly shares both personal and professional triumphs over incredible odds, and ably conveys the pressures and fear of representing an innocent client, along with the lasting pain of losing such a case. His dogged determination to keep fighting inspires, especially when after years and decades, an innocent person is finally exonerated and set free. He exposes the prosecutor's heavy-handed methods for coercing guilty pleas, along with other flaws in what has become mostly an assembly line justice system. Refreshingly, he also points out ways we can make a differnence at the local level to insure rights are upheld. Enjoyed his take on Making a Murderer, and learning about how he and fellow ace attorney Dean Strang became involved in it, and what was left out of the film. Although biased as a defense attorney, I agree with his conclusion as to Avery's innocence and the way the criminal justice system is stacked against the defense. Bottom line is I enjoyed the story very much along with the excellent narration - and hope you will too; I highly recommended it.

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  • Karen McCreless
  • 06-04-2017

excellent read and very eye-opening

I listened to DA Krats' book first and then this one so that I could be as objective as possible regarding this case. there is no comparison between the two as this book is eloquently written with Incredible intelligence and passion. the narrator did a phenomenal job and kept me listening at every available moment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-2017

Insightful!

Great read! This book really opened my eyes to the flaws within America's justice system.

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  • Debbie James
  • 26-03-2017

Truth

Mr. Buting is a man of integrity who revealed so much about himself and cases that indeed are full of illusion. This book gives wonderful insight into hurdles that defense lawyers face and reveals needed changes in our justice system. Thank You.

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  • Danielle
  • 04-06-2018

Sad injustice for our “justice department”

Absolutely great book! I finished in three days! I hope this promotes more people to want reform.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 05-10-2017

nuts & bolts of criminal justice

I've learned a great deal on the criminal justice systeam. havent seen the documentary

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-04-2017

Bloke your socks off!

If you thought the tv series was intriguing and idea forming, then this will jolt you from the chair and ready to yell "how does this happen in America?"

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  • Jami
  • 19-04-2017

One of the best books I have listened to.

Jerome Buying details a better understanding of evidence and the justice system. He includes the investigations of several cases he has worked on. There's no doubt that the system is not fair and that many individuals are behind bars innocently convicted. The science is amazing and getting increasingly important in trials.

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  • William Costigan
  • 08-04-2017

Enjoyable and informative

This is no making a murderer cash in - yes, there is an excellent insight to that phenomenon but what stands out is the attention to detail of the American justice system as a whole. A system whereby mistakes made innocently or otherwise can take some 30 years to resolve. Butings prose is informative without being dry and I particularly enjoyed the narrator. Very happy to recommend.

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  • John Lovie
  • 21-09-2017

Harrowing Reveal of Injustices

Having gone to Jerry Buting’s talk in Aberdeen a few months ago, I was looking forward to finding out more about the Ralph Armstrong case. The details revealed in the Armstrong case and in the Avery/Dassey case are incredible. The injustices leave you wondering how those supposedly on the right side of law and order are still in their jobs and how they can sleep at night, assuming they have a conscience. Perhaps they have not. Such a well written book from one of the good guys in our corrupt society.

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  • Brendan Bell
  • 05-09-2017

This is a brilliant book.

Having seen the netflix series years back and found it enthralling I wanted to know more. the book is a great telling of the background of the cases of brendan dasey and steven avery. I highly recommend this book.