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28 Oct 2010

Twenty years ago, Tommy Molto charged his colleague Rusty Sabich with the murder of a former lover; when a shocking turn of events transformed Prosecutor Rusty from the accuser into the accused. Rusty was cleared, but the seismic trial left both men reeling. Molto’s name was dragged through the mud and while Rusty regained his career, he lost much more . . .

Now, Rusty – sixty years old and a chief judge – wakes to a new nightmare. His wife Barbara has died in suspicious circumstances and once again, he is the prime suspect. Reunited with his charismatic lawyer Sandy Stern, Rusty will do anything to convince his beloved son Nat of his innocence. But what is he hiding?

In an explosive trial which will expose lies, jealousy, revenge, corruption and the darker side of human nature, Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto will battle it out to finally discover the real meaning of truth, and of justice.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (28 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330518178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330518178
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'The man who created the legal thriller with 1987's Presumed Innocent has struck gold again as the chief protagonists of his stunning debut novel return.' --Daily Mirror

'Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow's dazzling first novel, inaugurated the modern courtroom thriller... [It] was a breakthrough comparable to John le Carré's in spy fiction, showing that the legal thriller could combine suspense and mystery with the richness of texture of a literary novel. Turow's more autumnal follow-up pulls off this feat again: it's as gripping as a Grisham page-turner, but is also beautifully written, expert in its psychological probing and control of point of view as it shuttles between the four main characters' perspectives, and as insightful about marriage, adultery and fatherhood as one of Richard Ford or Philip Roth's studies of middle-aged men in crisis.' --Sunday Times

'VERDICT: This is a beautifully written book with finely drawn characters and an intricate plot seamlessly weaving a troubled family story with a murder. Drawing the reader in and not letting go until the last page, Turow's legal thriller is a most worthy successor to Presumed Innocent and perhaps the author's finest work to date.' --LIBRARY JOURNAL

'It is, as openers go, hard to resist. ''A man is sitting on a bed. He is my father. The body of a woman is beneath the covers. She was my mother.'' So Scott Turow lures us into Innocent... Here we see again the whip-smart courtroom exchanges that Turow excels at, the twist and counter-twist and the last-minute revelation that turns everything on its head... Yes, it's poor Rusty Sabich, but it's lucky, lucky readers. The prolific Grisham might do it more often, but Turow does it so much better.' --Observer

'As sequels go, Innocent is brave and ambitious. The original, Presumed Innocent, was rightly acclaimed as a seminal work of crime fiction... [Innocent is] detailed, gripping and full of twists, and incorporates sustained criticism of the criminal justice system and of legal ethics... Superb writing... An intelligent and superior page-turning read.' --The Times

'Legal thrillers are set to rule the bookshelves and the box office again - Scott Turow raised the bar... Before Dan Brown's Pope-a-dope pulp fiction and Stieg Larsson's Swedish hacker porn, the legal thriller was king of genre fiction. The pioneer was Scott Turow... Innocent is set to rejuvenate the gavel-banger for a new generation.' --GQ

'It is two decades since Scott Turow initiated a new sub-genre of courtroom thrillers with his brilliant, best-selling Presumed Innocent... Innocent is bound to be a bestseller and deserves to be.' --Literary Review

'The perfect courtroom drama, [Presumed Innocent] is the one against all others are now judged. This sequel is a triumph, matching the first in sinewy intensity... A lonely man aware of his age and his failings as a husband and father, stricken by sexual longing, [Rusty] is like a cousin to one of Philip Roth's melancholy creations... The microscopic dissection of the characters' emotions is matched by the superhuman skill with which Turow reveals the whys and wherefores of the events... How does Turow juggle all this conflicting data? File cards? Computer software? It's really complex but he makes it seem effortless... Turow will keep you guessing until the very, very end.' --Daily Express

'A rocket-fuelled read that refuses to loosen its grip until it has explained whodunit and how.' --Herald

'Turow has come up with a sequel to Presumed Innocent that is as gripping as Grisham, is expert in its psychological probing, and is extremely well written.' --Sunday Times

'You are carried along by Turow's potent blend of narrative cunning and classy prose. Innocent is as gripping as a Grisham page-turner. Not only is it beautifully written and expert in its psychological probing, but it is as insightful about marriage, adultery and fatherhood as any one of Richard Ford or Philip Roth's studies of middle-aged men in crisis.' --Sunday Times

'A scintillating sequel' --Daily Telegraph

'If the opening of this stylish court room thriller does not grip you like a vice, you must be very hard to please... Scott Turow has consistently out-Grishamed, and this sequel to his 1987 bestseller Presumed Innocent sees him at full creative throttle... a terrific read' --Sunday Telegraph

'I will be re-reading Room by Emma Donoghue because it has continued to haunt me thanks to a pitch-perfect young narrator who has to acclimatise to a world about which he knows nothing.' --Jodi Picoult

'[One of] this year's most rewarding thrillers... Compelling courtroom drama is once more combined with Philip Roth-like stylistic verve and psychological insight' --Sunday Times `Books of the Year'

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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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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
By bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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 riveting psychological match. When Sabich, now sixty years old and the chief judge of an appellate court, finds his wife dead under mysterious circumstances, Molto accuses him of murder for the second time, setting into motion a trial that is taut and explosive.

What makes Innocent so good is not just the slow-building tension that culminates in a courtoom drama that is filled with twists and turns; its superiority relative to most legal genre thrillers stems from Turow's being an excellent novelist, irrespective of genre, with a gift for characterization, prose, dialogue and depth of psychological insight.

Overall, my opinion of Innocent is the same as an earlier reviewer who said that if you've never read Presumed Innocent you'll think Innocent is a one of the smartest, twistiest, involving thrillers you've ever read; and if you have read Presumed Innocent, you'll be amazed that Scott Turow was able to match, if not surpass, himself after all these years. If you're in the mood for a legal thriller that will keep your eyes glued to the page for its slow-building tension, intelligent plotting and excellent character development, then Innocent is a book I think you'll enjoy very, very much.
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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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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 1 month 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 4 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 9 months ago by lyndydaisy
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 20 months ago by McK
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
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit tired
I can understand the mixed reviews of this book. Turow is a superb writer and his cout room detail is brilliant. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2011 by dixie dean
3.0 out of 5 stars reached a verdict
Scott Turow may have shaped the legal thriller genre but it's moved on since the eighties. I didn't read the earlier novel "Presumed Innocent" but I felt the plot of this novel was... Read more
Published on 30 May 2011 by John Coffey
4.0 out of 5 stars A good fun read, but a bit silly when you think about it
This is the second Scott Turow book about Rusty Sabich. In the first, he's accused of being a married prosecutor that killed his mistress. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2011 by J. Bowen
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