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Book review: Homicide is a family affair in new Guterson thriller

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the final case

“The Final Case” by David Guterson, Knopf, 2022, 246 pages, $27.

“The Final Case,” David Guterson’s new novel, seems for its first half to be a courtroom thriller in the fashion of, say, John Grisham. Then it makes an abrupt turn, becoming a totally satisfying novel of a surprisingly different kind. 

Anyone who has read Guterson’s “Snow Falling on Cedars,” his 1994 debut novel, will welcome this new one — his first book in nearly a decade — as he returns to another courtroom in his beloved American northwest.