Jul 11, 2021BARosen1112 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
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.