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APPEARANCE ON COVER OF TIME PUTS BEST-SELLING AUTHOR IN ELITE COMPANY

At a party celebrating the publication of his new novel, "The Burden of Proof," in New York City late last week, best-selling author Scott Turow said it best when he told his publisher: "Leaving aside the birth of my children, this has probably been the best week of my life."

Last Monday, the Chicago attorney-novelist, whose 1987 first novel, "Presumed Innocent," was a publishing phenomenon, joined the ranks of Ernest Hemingway, J.D. Salinger and Alex Haley by becoming the 92nd writer to appear on the cover of Time magazine.Last Wednesday, Turow learned that "The Burden of Proof," after three days in bookstores, will be ranked No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list this Sunday.

And last Thursday, "Entertainment Tonight" taped the author "gazing in wonder" at a huge electronic billboard in Times Square advertising "The Burden of Proof," complete with a computerized picture of the author.

As for the week that was, he acknowledged, "It'll be awhile before I get as much of a charge out of anything."