Innocent Hardcover – May 4 2010
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"Scott Turow's new novel is the dedicated fiction-reader's version of El Dorado: a driving, unputdownable courtroom drama/murder mystery that is also a literary treasure, written in language that sparkles with clarity and resonates with honest character insight. I came away feeling amazed and fulfilled, as we only do when we read novelists at the height of their powers. Put this one on your don't-miss list."
"Mesmerizing prose and intricate plotting lift Turow's superlative legal thriller, his best novel since his bestselling debut, Presumed Innocent to which this is a sequel...Once again, Turow displays an uncanny ability for making the passions and contradictions of his main characters accessible and understandable.―Publisher's Weekly
About the Author
Scott Turow is the author of eight best-selling works of fiction including Presumed Innocent and The Burden of Proof, and two non-fiction books including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages, sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into film and television projects. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy, and The Atlantic.
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In "Innocent", Sabich is now accused by Molto, of murdering his wife, Barbara. The book is full of red-herrings and computer-mischief, of affairs-gone-wrong, and mid-life crises, in all varieties. Turow also uses different "voices" throughout the book, some written in the first-person, others in the third-person. "Innocent" isn't a bad book - its just one that I'm not sure needed to be written. It neither answered the questions raised in "Presumed Innocent", nor did it relate an especially compelling story-line on its own. The story is just "there" - just sort of sits on the page, page after page. I can't really recommend reading it, nor can I dissuade anybody from reading it.
In Presumed Innocent, prosecutor Rusty Sabich had a close courtroom call with being found guilty of murder after his colleague and lover was found dead. Only some courtroom fireworks saved him. It's now over 20 years later, and Rusty is an appellate court judge getting ready to move up. The only trouble is . . . Rusty's wife has died and circumstantial evidence convinces his old adversary, Tommy Molto, that Rusty killed her. What will happen this time?
If you haven't read Presumed Innocent, I suspect you won't like Innocent as much as I did. Either read Presumed Innocent first (a better book) or skip the idea of reading Innocent.
The strength of the book comes in character development involving four major characters as narrators, allowing a rich context for understanding conflicts, choices, and emotional involvements. Naturally, two of the narrators are Rusty and Tommy, but I'll leave it to you to find out who the other two are. It would tip off too much of the story to tell you now.
Like most stories where there's a lot of character development, you'll either delight in that or feel like you are watching grass grow . . . depending on your taste in courtroom suspense stories.
The plot will leave many feeling unsatisfied, and I am one of them. But I enjoyed the characters enough to pull the book up above average.Read more ›
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I have loaned this book to my best friend and she is thoroughly enjoying it.Published on Aug. 29 2010 by BARBARA BRECHIN