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More than twenty years after Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto went head-to-head in a shattering murder trial, they are once again pitted against each other. When Sabich, now over sixty years old and the chief judge of an appellate court, finds his wife, Barbara, dead under mysterious circumstances, Molto accuses him of murder - for the second time.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 406 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780446562423
Branch Call Number: Turo
Additional Contributors: Turow, Scott. Innocent


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Jul 11, 2021

Scott Turow made a huge splash back in 1987 with Presumed Innocent, and his several novels since then, all taking place in fictional Kindle County, have established him as the king of the legal thriller. This 2010 release is another excellent entry to the series. In the 21 years since Rusty Sabich was found not guilty in Presumed Innocent, he has served as a judge and currently sits as the Chief Judge on the Court of Appeals, and is running for the state's Supreme Court. Against his better judgment, Sabich embarks on an affair, against his better judgment, with his former law clerk. A year later, his wife of more than 3 decades is dead under mysterious circumstances (the novel jumps around in time for its first half, so we know at the outset that Barbara has died), and sure enough, Rusty is once again back on trial for murder, with the head Prosecuting Attorney, Tommy Molto, once again serving as his nemesis, and the defense attorney is the crafty Sandy Stern aided by his partner/daughter, Marta. The novel really takes off when the trial begins, and this is where Turow, a former trial lawyer, excels. As usual, Turow's characters all are totally convincing, including Rusty, Tommy Molto, Molto's top assistant, Rusty's son Nat, Rusty's paramour, and of course Sandy Stern, perhaps the best-written defense lawyer in all of fiction. One could argue that this one doesn't quite carry the emotional wallop of both Presumed Innocent and Turow's latest, The Final Trial (2020), but this one is a great read on its own merit.

Jun 12, 2019

I read Presumed Innocent way back , but remember nothing about it . That didn't affect the understanding of Innocent. The major characters are interesting . Lots of discussion of relationships-marriages , father-son, mother son, boss- girlfriend. Lots of computer info.Fairly suspenseful trial .

Jun 29, 2016

There are three time periods covered in this book. Author or editor decided to "keep it lively" by throwing the chapters into the air and then putting the book together based upon where the chapters fell. So confusing that at the start of each chapter there is a time line showing which time period you are in PLUS a chapter title to let you know the date and whose perspective you will be in. Could have been a wonderful book, but I am left annoyed and frustrated despite multiple college degrees in Literature, Rhetoric, Education, and English. Still, I'd say it is worth giving it a shot if you are the kind of person who can watch a three-season TV series out of order and not care.

May 02, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Loved his characters, their relationships in creating suspense and also, the credibility of their inner fears and desires - and how these all mesh to form a beautifully crafted plot. A must read...

Oct 20, 2014

I enjoyed this book, moved quickly and kept you in suspense about the outcome.

Vincent T Lombardo Feb 25, 2013

The best Scott Turow novel that I have ever read!

Sep 18, 2012

Don't think I read Presumed Innocent so I was a little lost. Found it boring at times but overall not too bad

millefleurs Jan 19, 2012

I really enjoyed 'Presumed Innocent', so approached this sequel with eager anticipation. Have to say I found it a wee bit disappointing, not as good as the original in my opinion. It took me a while to get into the story, and I found the constantly moving timelines and multiple narrators a bit confusing. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read. I found some of the story lines relating to the affair between Rusty and Anna, and Rusty's emotional commitments (or lack thereof) to son and wife were quite thought provoking.

Jul 05, 2011

A great summer read, easy and predicable!

Apr 01, 2011

I had to slow myself down reading this book ... to savour it to the fullest. That's how good this book is. In fact I'm a little depressed now, not knowing when another one of this calibre will come by ...

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