Innocent Paperback – 5 Nov 2010
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Rusty Sabich v Tommy Molto Round 2. Twenty years on from the murder trial of "Presumed Innocent"; Rusty is yet again on trial for murder, this time for the killing of his wife, and Tommy, egged on by his immediate junior is prosecuting. For me, this is the main weakness of the book; Tommy still bears the scars from the first trial and is reticent about crossing swords with Rusty again, but Jimmy Brand, his number two, eggs him on for reasons which I found unconvincing. I also felt that "Innocent" took a bit too long to get going and I was becoming somewhat irritated by the measured unfolding of events, which were described in minute detail. However, I shouldn't have worried, because once the trial got going, the book went off like a firework and all that painstaking detail became relevant to the many twists and turns of the court proceedings and the fallout from them.
A book made up of great characters whose weaknesses are far more interesting than their strengths I would definitely give this a Highly Recommended badge, despite my reservations.
Hopefully the next instalment of legal intrigue in Kindle County will not be too long coming!
It was great to get reacquainted with some of the characters that I remember so well from Presumed Innocent - guys like Rusty Sabich (now a judge) 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished 19 months ago by Craig Calhoun
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 morePublished on 8 Mar. 2014 by Dr Book
This was a fabulous read. Thoroughly enjoyed every word and I would recommend it. In fact I couldn't put it down.Published on 14 Dec. 2013 by K R Joyce
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 morePublished on 15 July 2013 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on 21 Aug. 2012 by McK
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 morePublished on 3 Dec. 2011 by bobbewig