Pleading Guilty by Scott Turow is easier to read than Filth by Irvine Welsh, but the self-destructive protagonist still got on my nerves. I enjoyed the book more when I started skipping paragraphs of internal dialog to get back to the action. Mack is an ex-cop, washed-up lawyer, and recovering alcoholic. When a partner at his firm goes AWAL (with 5.6 million dollars) the managing committee shanghais Mack into looking for him. Or rather, the 5.6 million, because it turns out that very few people at the firm care much about the missing partner.
This is a tale that keeps you guessing. Our hero is an almost-washed-up lawyer--a partner in a major firm. He is on a quest to save the firm's reputation by finding a senior partner who has apparently absconded with millions of a major client's money. But, things may not always be what they seem...
I read a couple of Scott Turow books years ago and when I came across this 1993 thriller I thought I would give it a look, and I was not disappointed. Though it may seem ominous (470 pgs) it moves fast.
There are twists and turns that lead you in different directions throughout the story...which you will love!
From the author of Presumed Innocent and Burden of Proof. Mack Malloy is an ex-cop and not-quite-ex-drunk and partner on the wane in one of Kindle County's most high-powered law firms. Mack is on the trail of the firm's star litigator, who has vanished with over $5 million of a client's money. Mack takes you with him to the enthralling and ominous heart of the city.
This was a very disappointing and boring book. I usually like what Scott Turow writes but this was a drag, depressing and plots changed too often. Hard to figure out what was going on and I wasn't sure I wanted to figure it out! Can not recommend.
To call this book boring and pointless really doesn't do it justice. There's quite a collection of lawyerly characters and none of them generated one minute's interest or sympathy. The 'hero' fills his mental maunderings with little 'gems' of thought. He ponders the question of whether there are No Victims or whether there are Only Victims. Problem is - after a few pages we don't care who is victim and who isn't. None of the characters are developed beyond physical description and list of assets or talents. No one speaks from the heart or displays any concern. I found this surprising because the entire novel is basically a financial caper and amongst this crowd someone should show some enthusiasm for stealing over $5 million. Shouldn't that make someone happy or sad or at least excited? The vocabulary and organization are dull. Actually there was not one reason to finish this book, but I did. Guess I wanted a reason to place Turow on my 'No Thanks' list for life.
Bert Kamin, Gage Griswell Law Firms, star litigator, has been missing for weeks. Also missing is 5.6 million from a fund established to settle a class action suit against TransNational Airlines. F&G need, Mack Malloy, fifyish, irreverent, sensual, ex-cop, almost ex-drunk for find Bert and the money: immediately.
Mack's search takes the reader into the inner sanctions of G& G; the Russian Bath in the far West End, a long time nemesis who goes by the name of Pigeyes. And a cold corpse.
Mack may well be the author's supreme fictional creation to date.
"Top-notch Turow...a satisfying story, told with speed and subtlety."- USA Today
"Fascinating...Scott Turow writes as well as ever...his readers will be richly entertained." - Ross Thomas, Washington Post Book World
MACK Malloy, ex-cop, not quite ex-drunk, and partner-on-the-vane; one of the countries most high-powered law firms. Mack is on the trail of acollegue, his firms star litigater who has vanished with over five million dollars of a clints money.
Interesting storyline although told in a different way - supposedly through "dictation" - a partner supposedly stole a little over $5M - but the story gets pretty complicated .. I enjoy stories with complications and twists though so I liked it.
Mack Malloy is an ex-cop and a partner in a law firm. He is on the trail of a colleague who has vanished with over 5 million dollars of a client's money. He tries to find himself while solving this mystery. This is a good book--a page turner.
Scott Turow is an extremely gifted writer and can always be depended upon for creating interesting characters with great depth, and always a compelling plot. Not necessarily fast moving, but something is always unfolding. Highly recommended.
Mack Malloy, ex-cop, not quite ex-drunk, and partner-on-the-wane in one of the counties most high powered law firms. Mack is on the trail of a colleague, his firm's star litigator, who has vanished with $5,000,000 of a client's money. Mack will descen into the thralling and ominous heart of a city taking you with him.
When the erratic bad-boy partner in a law firm disappears -- along with $5.6 million of a client's money -- a lawyer whose career and personal life seem headed for the rocks is charged with finding him. Compelling and generally well-written, but Turow loses points here for the convoluted resolution which never really makes it clear whodunnit.
With Pleading Guilty, Scott Turow has created what may be his most compelling character in his most accomplished story to date. Returning to the now-renowned locale of Kindle County, Turow gives us Mack Mallow, ex-cop, not-quite-ex-drunk, and partner-on-the-wane in one of the county's most high-powered law firms. A longtime ally of the wayward, Mack is on the trail of a colleague, his firm's star litigator, who has vanished with over five million dollars of a client's money. Mack will descend into the enthralling and ominous heart of a city...taking you with him on his final, desperate, and courageous crusade to reinvent himself from the depths of his own shattered soul.