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A mayoral candidate's brother is released from prison 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, a situation that leads to the re-opening of the case.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2013
Edition: First edition
Description: 371 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781455527205
Branch Call Number: Turo
Additional Contributors: Turow, Scott. Identical


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Oct 22, 2019

An engaging family murder mystery involving twins, DNA, and genetic intrigue. Well written and never boring.

May 16, 2017

Because it's written by Scott Turow, it's a decent book. However, it's far from his best. Perhaps too complicated. I found myself flipping past pages, something that I don't do with other Turow books. I think that, because he's a lawyer, Turow found the thesis of this book interesting but it just plain wore me out.

Aug 09, 2016

It's a pretty good read. I'd highly recommend it to anyone seeking a mystery-thriller. It's a real treat for someone who's bored with John Grisham.

May 02, 2016

There was a lot in this book to keep one riveted but Turow seems to have deliberately slowed the pace. I believe that Turow's focus was creating and depicting characters and their relationships that would be credible, believable and haunting. In this respect the book was fantastic and will read Turow again.

Somewhat agree with Russ below. Find there is a lot of 'plot' in the book but there is no comic relief and there is so much focus on the clues and drama of life that we never feel the characters are more than ponds and not flawed humans.

May 28, 2015

This is vintage Scott Turow, with the usual strong and weak points. I found the DNA detail fascinating. It’s come a long way since I learned about RFLP in the FBI Academy. Turow is among the smartest and best educated of modern mystery novel writers. The writing is literate, and well-thought-out, if not particularly elegant or exciting. The mystery is complex and will keep you guessing. The characters are mostly interesting, likeable, and credible. Those who like a lot of action won’t be big fans of this book, but the more cerebral readers will enjoy it. Turow’s only real annoying habit is his tendency to treat sex so crudely that all the sexiness is taken out of it. That happens here, too, but he does less of that in this book than in his earlier works.

pw1040 Aug 23, 2014

Interesting premise. Decent story.

Jane60201 Aug 23, 2014

Not very good. Characters and their motivations were not believable and far fetched. It was like solving a puzzle with no real human emotion involved. I liked other Turow books a lot more.

Jul 26, 2014

Way too long and filled with minute details that got boring after a while. The only interesting thing, for me, was the info about identical twins, their DNA, finger prints, etc.

May 10, 2014

Starts off well, but soon become too far-fetched. Not up to the high standard of Turow's earlier novels.

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