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"Now and then an innocent man is sent to legislature." K. Hubbard

  • Sep 4, 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.

By using flashbacks, we learn of events prior to Barbara's death. Because Motto had accused Rusty of murder twenty years ago, and lost the case, he wants to proceed cautiously. His assistant, Jim Brand, offers to look into the case, quietly.

Evidence is found that Rusty was having an affair before Barbara's death but no one knows that it is with his clerk, Anna.

In the investigation, authorities look into what Barbara had in her medicine cabinet. One perscription had warnings that it shouldn't be taken with certain foods or with liquor. However, the night before she died, these items made up most of the dinner menu.  Now the question is, was this suicide, or murder or an accident?

Rusty is reelected to his position and then arrested for the murder.

We see the trial through the eyes of Rusty's son, Nat. Nat is also an attorney and in this manner, we see the legal interpretation of events and developments in the case and Nat's opinion on them pertaining to the outcome of the trial.

Importantly, we also see the consequences of Rusty's actions through the eyes of his only child and learn if this changes the love and admiration that Nat had for his father.

The action moves nicely but with more detail than this reader would have wanted.

Turow does a fine job in making Rusty a sympathetic character. He seems like an injured but stoic old warrior and we continue read and wonder if Rusty is guilty or innocent.

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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 . 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 …
review by . May 19, 2010
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 …
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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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