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Innocent [Kindle Edition]

Scott Turow
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When it appeared in 1987, few people realised that Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent would not only be a remarkable commercial winner (selling over 4 million copies) but would be the main instigator of a virtually new popular fiction genre -- the legal thriller. With the aid of a highly successful movie starring Harrison Ford, Turow forged a writing career that has enjoyed considerable acclaim to this day. And here, 23 years later, is Innocent, a belated sequel to that groundbreaking earlier book, in which his protagonist Rusty Sabich (now in his sixties) is once again accused of murder -- and this time he has further to fall, having become a senior court judge in the interim.

Some might argue that Turow should have left the concept of the original novel alone, but just a few pages of this powerfully involving new novel should put most doubts to rest. Rusty has woken up next to the dead body of his wife, who has died from an overdose of barbiturates. But why has he waited 24 hours before informing anyone of Barbara's death? His opponent once again is Tommy Molto (with whom he went head-to-head in the earlier book when the latter tried to convince the jury that Rusty had murdered his lover Carolyn). Once again, the plot ramifications are positively labyrinthine -- and it's perhaps difficult to like any of the protagonists. But Scott Turow’s narrative skills in Innocent remain in rude health, and we are quickly involved once again in surefire plotting that will ensure (for most readers) a particularly speedy turning of the pages. --Barry Forshaw


"'Undoubtedly one of the most successful first novels published in the last 50 years' The Guardian"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 931 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446562424
  • Publisher: Pan (7 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003N2QUXI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By V. L. Harding VINE VOICE
Scott Turow's latest book reunites us with many of the characters from his novel "Presumed Innocent" published over twenty years ago.
Rusty Sabich is still the main lead,he is now a Judge, older but apparently no wiser. He is again carrying on an affair while still married to his wife Barbara, which is really asking for trouble. And trouble is what he gets as Mr. Turow weaves a mesh of intrigue and misuderstandings around him until he again arrives in the courtroom facing his old adversary Tommy Molto,who is now Chief prosecutor.
Tommy is now married with a young child, and though regarded to be not as smart as Rusty, has nevertheless learnt his lesson from the previous encounter, and plays everything by the book. In many ways he strikes me as being the only character in the book who conforms to the letter of the law. Sandy Stern makes a cameo appearance as Rusty's lawyer and the presiding Judge is quite a memorable person with a quaint sense of humour. All In all, a story to savour, up there with the best of Mr Turow's work, and long may he continue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lies and deception all the way 9 Dec 2014
By Siltone
It was way back in the late 1980's when I read Presumed Innocent and was blown away by it. At the time it really raised the bar as far as legal thrillers were concerned. So it was with some trepidation that I approached this sequel. However, I needn't have worried. Once I'd got through the first few pages, I knew I was in safe hands. When he's on form, Scott Turow is excellent at giving us tightly woven plots and well-drawn individuals who sometimes struggle with the consequences of their actions. And I think he's back to his best with this one. It may not have the bite of PI but its still a very worthy follow-up.
It was great to get reacquainted with some of the characters that I remember so well from Presumed Innocent - guys like Rusty Sabich and his son Nat, Tommy Molto and Sandy Stern. What made this outing even more interesting was that not only was the book written over 20 years since PI but the people themselves were now 20 or so years older. So we get to see how the intervening years have changed them. In the introduction, Scott Turow tells his readers that the characters in Innocent are informed by the experience of that first book and are trying desperately not to step in the same river twice.
From the first page we are confronted by a death. Barbara, the wife of Rusty Sabich is lying dead in her bed and her husband is sitting beside her. The reason for her demise is not made clear and Rusty does not seem to be acting in a conventional manner - he doesn't cry, he doesn't call an ambulance or the police. With the exception of bathroom breaks, he actually stays in that bedroom for nearly twenty-three hours before he decides to call someone. WHY?
Before long, suspicions arise as to the cause of Barbara's death and the finger is pointed towards Judge Rusty Sabich.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Turow's best but worth a read 20 Sep 2011
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Scott Turow has written two of the best legal thrillers I have read - Presumed Innocent and Burden of Proof. He does not have a fluent prose style, and I find the internal soul-searching of the main characters a bit hard to take at times. But my goodness at his best, can the man contrive a plot; and his courtroom scenes are just brilliant.

That said, he has written some real turkeys since his glory days, and so I was a tad apprehensive about reading "Innocent". Thankfully, it's not at all bad. the book is a follow-up to "Presumed Innocent" and you really need to have read the latter to get value from the former. Innocent is not as good; the plot doesn't have the same kind of nail biting uncertainty and complexity, and sudden twists, and the trial scenes though good dont form a large part of the book, and are not in the same league as Presumed Innocent. I also find the multiple viewpoints used rather confusing a disruptive of the narrative flow; and his prose hasn't improved.

But it's worth a read, particularly if you enjoyed his earlier books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and Absorbing Legal Novel 1 Sep 2011
The front cover quotes the Sunday Times, 'As Gripping as Grisham'. Normally you take comments like that with a pinch of salt and an attempt by the publishers to get some reflected glory. However, in this case I would say it was bang on the money. This is the first book by Scott Turow I have read. It grabbed my attention from the outset and was absorbing throughout. Certainly gripping like Grisham, but apart from the fact that it is a legal story, there the similarity ends as the style is compelling and quite different.

The story concerns a judge who, many years earlier, was accused of and cleared of the murder of a lover. His wife has died suddenly under suspicious circumstances and he finds himself in the frame as the prime suspect. As an extra twist, the prosecutor in this case tried and failed to obtain a conviction all those years earlier which is a blot on his otherwise successful career.

There are quite a lot of references to the earlier case,and it came as no surprise to learn subsequently that this is covered in Scott Turow's previous novel, Presumed Innocent which was published about twenty years ago. However, I can confirm that this book can be read on a standalone basis and I did not feel that not having read its predecessor affected my enjoyment significantly.

The story is written from the perspective of four of the main characters - the judge, his lover, his son and the prosecutor. Last time I read a book in this format I found it very difficult to identify with or have any liking for any of the narrators.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A treat as always
Turow retain his powers as he retells one of his first stories. There's a hint of older and wiser but also a story that says age guarantees nothing (though it does offer surprises... Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Craig Calhoun
4.0 out of 5 stars Hang on in there - you will be rewarded
If you enjoy Scott Turow as I do, then this is another great book to enjoy and savour. If you haven't read it, although not absolutely necessary, it would be very helpful to read... Read more
Published 2 months ago by GreenInk
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent follow up to great original
If you've read Presumed Innocent (which, by the way, is a good film but an even better book), you'll want to read this, and if you're like me you'll read it through to the end... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dr Book
5.0 out of 5 stars Innocent
This was a fabulous read. Thoroughly enjoyed every word and I would recommend it. In fact I couldn't put it down.
Published 12 months ago by K R Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I love courtroom dramas but generally prefer stories set in the UK. However, I had read a couple of books by Scott Turow and knew him to be an excellent author so wanted to try... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars "Was that it?"
Not really much of a story here, just really people with grudges left over from the first book taking the opportunity to fight each other in court. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2012 by McK
5.0 out of 5 stars Innocent Is A Top-Notch Sequel To Turow's Genre-Defining Courtroom...
Twenty yeas after Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto went head-to-head in the shattering murder trial of Presumed Innocent, they find themselves pitted against each other once again in a... Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2011 by Bobbewig
3.0 out of 5 stars Innocent but Average
This was a difficult book to like, so I'm being slighly generous with the 3 stars. Having recalled the excellent story in the original "presumed innocent", here the author tries to... Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2011 by riccol1966
5.0 out of 5 stars Audiobook: Superb performance from Edward Herrmann
One of the measures of a good performer is their ability to voice the characters (when the reader may not be a natural mimic). Mr Herrmann achieves this in spades. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2011 by EllaGuru
4.0 out of 5 stars The master does it again!
Although legal thrillers are as old as Erle Stanley Gardener (does anyone still remember Perry Mason? Read more
Published on 21 July 2011 by WilsonD
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