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A Legal Thriller with Great Character Development

  • May 19, 2010
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Presumed Innocent was THE book back in the early 90's -- THE book that everyone read and that everyone was talking about. The movie just fueled it. It isn't often that a book's ending totally catches you by surprise.

I watched the movie (again) before reading this book. I don't think it's necessary if you are familiar with the story, but if you haven't read the book or seen the movie, I would definitely do so before you read this one.

I honestly never thought about what happened to Rusty and Barbara after the conclusion of Presumed Innocent, but Innocent tells us about a marriage strained by mental illness, the results on a young boy, now a young legal professional, the impact on a career.

When Barbara is found dead, Rusty's actions following finding her that morning are suspect, and he's accused of murder -- again.

Turow delivers another spell-binding legal suspense thriller. The truth unravels slowly and is fully explained by the end.

I enjoyed seeing the growth of Nat (the son) and Rusty over the course of the novel. I think that the characters are a bit stronger and more developed than in many legal thrillers, and that made it even more enjoyable for me.

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review by . June 03, 2010
This 20-years-on sequel to Turow's blockbuster, "Presumed Innocent" (recently re-released), finds Rusty Sabich chief justice of the appellate court and up for election to the state supreme court. His wife, Barbara, who stood by him when he was accused of murdering his lover and colleague so many years ago, won't be standing by him when it happens again. This time she's the victim, if there is a victim.    Turow constructs the first half of the novel around a timeline. Sabich's …
review by . September 04, 2010
3 1/2 Stars   I rate this enjoyable book between 3 and 4 stars.      Twenty years after "Presumed Innocent," Rusty Sabich is now a chief judge of an appellate court and is running for reelection.      When he finds his wife, Barbara, dead in her bed and waits twenty-four hours before calling authorities, something doesn't seem right and his old nemisis, Tommy Motto, the acting prosecuting attorney, begins building a case of murder.   …
review by . August 10, 2010
Rusty Sabich, hero of 1987 bestseller Presumed Innocent, now reveals his true colors in Innocent. Two decades ago, Sabich stood trial for the murder of his mistress; he was acquitted, resumed both his legal career and his lackluster marriage, and restored his reputation. When wife Barbara dies suddenly, long time nemesis Tommy Molto seizes the opportunity to accuse Rusty of yet another murder, hoping to destroy him once and for all. Inexplicably, Rusty recently became embroiled in yet another steamy …
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Starred Review. 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. In 2008, 22 years after the events of the earlier book, former lawyer Rusty Sabich, now a Kindle County, Ill., chief appellate judge, is again suspected of murdering a woman close to him. His wife, Barbara, has died in her bed of what appear to be natural causes, yet Rusty comes under scrutiny from his old nemesis, acting prosecuting attorney Tommy Molto, who unsuccessfully prosecuted him for killing his mistress decades earlier. Tommy's chief deputy, Jim Brand, is suspicious because Rusty chose to keep Barbara's death a secret, even from their son, Nat, for almost an entire day, which could have allowed traces of poison to disappear. Rusty's candidacy for a higher court in an imminent election; his recent clandestine affair with his attractive law clerk, Anna Vostic; and a breach of judicial ethics complicate matters further. Once again, Turow displays an uncanny ability for making the passions and contradictions of his main characters accessible and understandable.(May)
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ISBN-10: 0446562424
ISBN-13: 978-0446562423
Author: Scott Turow
Genre: legal thriller
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date Published: 05-04-2010
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