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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141049219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141049212
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you start Presumed Innocent you will finish it - it grips like an octopus, and Turow unwinds the plot with brilliant cat-and-mouse meanness (Sunday Times)

Phenomenal... a powerful study of ambition, weakness, hypocrisy and American 'justice' (Sunday Express)

Impossible to put down (Evening Standard)

A riveting performance (Observer)

Politics, sex and death. Who could ask for anything more? (Washington Post)

About the Author

Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of eight bestselling works of fiction, including this first novel Presumed Innocent, the winner of the 1987 Silver Dagger Award, and his most recent Ordinary Heroes (2005). Presumed Innocent, Reversible Errors and The Burden of Proof have been made into highly successful films. He has been a partner in the Chicago office of law firm Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal since 1986, concentrating on white collar criminal defense.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mme Suzanne Lageard on 2 Sept. 2014
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I really enjoyed this thriller. I don't usually read thrillers, although when I do, I tend to enjoy them. Presumed Innocent was first on a list of best thrillers published by The Times, so I thought I would give it a go. I had read a few other very different books beforehand, and was really keen to read something with a well structured plot. Basically, I was looking for a page turner.
I wasn't disappointed at all. This book is excellent. For around the first third of the novel, Turow sets the scene: a murder is being investigated by Rusty, who works for the PA's office. It gets increasingly more complicated as we find out (pretty early on, these revelations aren't spoilers) that Rusty had had an affair with the woman who was murdered. I don't want to reveal too much, but the rest of the novel is pretty much an account of the court case for the prosecution of the presumed murdered, and is very effectively handled by Turow. The reader continues to question what he hears and the voice of Rusty, from whose perspective the story is told. It kept me guessing almost until the very end! I read this book over the space of a few days, and definitely agree with The Times' praise of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By michael weiss on 23 Aug. 2013
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This was Scott Turow's first legal thriller - though to call it a thriller is only partly true - and one of his best. Nobody writes this kind of novel as well as he does, that's my opinion. His characters are complex, multi-layered and driven by forces both understood and only vaguely sensed as we all are. The court room drama is written by a man who in addition to being a natural born storyteller is still a practicing lawyer who adores the strategems of the lawyers, judges, court officers, politicians and cops who people this mesmerizing book. I learned a lot reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By molko VINE VOICE on 27 Dec. 2012
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Carolyn Polhemus is a woman who exudes power and sex appeal. Working as a prosecutor in Kindle County she has made a lot of friends and even more enemies in the political community. On the day she turns up dead in her appartment, tied up as if in sexual bondage it is up to her colleague and once lover Rusty Sabich to find the killer. However soon enough the tables turn and it is Rusty himself who is accused of the murder and it is up to him and a pair of up and coming lawyers to prove his innocence.

Told from the prospective of Sabich it starts off as a pretty slow moving tale. The writing is good, there's no denying that, but it's a book you're going to have to work with to enjoy. If you stick with it and make the effort it soon pays off, about a hundred pages in the pace kicks up and it's a fun ride to join. If you like John Grisham or any other courtroom dramas you'll probable be safe with this one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Reeves on 1 May 2003
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this was my first Turow, and not my last. The book took a while to get going, but once the courtroom part began, the book went along at a terrific pace, well written as well and some humourous moments. I will be looking for more of Mr Turow's books.
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By Bluecashmere. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Mar. 2015
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I came late to this much-proclaimed novel, first published in 1987. For the most part I feel it deserves the plaudits it has received. As a court-room drama it has few rivals I imagine. After some irritation with the smart, flip politicians’ dialogue, quickly I found myself enthralled by both the suspense and the particularities of the drama both in and outside the court. The characters are convincingly drawn and the exchanges between the lawyers are credible and absorbing. Rusty, Delay, Painless, Raymond, Molto and Kemp as well as Larren Lyttle, are solidly realised and their interaction skilfully handled. Humour is cleverly used to relax the tension only to ratchet it up again.

My one reservation is the climax, though it is scarcely that, I think. Certainly, it wasn’t going to be easy to provide an ending not foreseen by many readers, and in fairness this certainly had surprise value. At the same time I have to say I found it all rather unsatisfactory, lacking the sharpness and conviction of what has come earlier. Nonetheless, I still think this to be a terrific read and I’ll certainly be furthering my acquaintance with Scott Turow, an intelligent writer who promises much.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ramos on 7 Oct. 2007
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Rusty Sabich is chief deputy prosecutor for Kindle County, his boss Raymond Horgan is up for re-election, and his associate Carolyn Polhemus has been brutally raped and murdered in her apartment. The upcoming election will determine if Rusty will have a job. And we learn that Rusty had an affair with Carolyn which she ended several months earlier.

Rusty is handling the investigation of the murder despite the conflict of interest that only he is aware of. His friend, Dan Lipramzer is investigating the crime. They first focus on convicted sex offenders that Carolyn helped to prosecute. Then Rusty learns that his boss Horgan had a brief relationship with Carolyn. Meanwhile Rusty's marriage is in a shambles as his wife Barbara knows about his affair. As evidence surfaces that implicates Rusty he is arrested for the killing.

The prosecution is led by Nico Della "Delay" Guardia, who has now defeated Horgan for the position of Prosecuting Attorney, and Tommy Molto. The evidence against Rusty is serious; calls made from his home to hers on the night of the murder, a bar glass with his fingerprints on it, carpet fibers matching those at his house are found at her home, etc. The courtroom drama that ensues takes many turns for and against him. By the end of the book we do discover who the killer. This is a good read.
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