It seemed at first I had read this book but, if I did, I only remembered parts of it. It is a LONG book and written in the first person. Scott Turow is a great story-teller but the story is dark and sad. You don't know who perpetrated the crime until the very end and although it is a surprise, it really isn't.
I have been reading courtroom thrillers for more than 35 years and this one is among the best. Scott Turow is a lawyer and talented writer and in his first work of fiction, "Presumed Innocent", he has set the bar very high. Plan to not put this down until you finish it and then read it again to make sure you fully absorb the nuances, character development, and foreshadowing.
PRESUMED INNOCENT brings to life our worst nightmare, that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of all crimes. It's the stunning portrayal of one man's all-too-human, all-consuming fatal attraction for a passionate woman who is not his wife. and the story of how his obsession puts everything he loves and values on trail--including his own life. It's a book that lays bare a shocking world of betrayal and murder, as well as the hidden depths of the human heart. It will hold you and haunt you..longs after you have reached it's shattering conclusion.
Not only really exciting, but extremely well-written with believable characters. Unusually for a book told in the first person, the narrator was human and flawed. Apart from the twists in the tale, I also liked the descriptions of Kindle County etc., which made me feel as though I was there. I would certainly recommend reading this before seeing the movie if I had my choice, but don't skip it even if you already know the ending. The writing here is just plain excellent and I give this one a very strong recommendation.
This is the stunning portrayal of one man's all-too-human all-consuming fatal attraction for a passionate woman who is not his wife, and the story of how his obsession puts everything he loves and values on trial, including his own life.
From the back of the book...
Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of all crimes. It's the stunning portrayal of one man's all-too-huma, all-consuming fatal attraction for a passionate woman who is not his wife, and the story of how his obsession puts everything he loves and values on trial - including his own life. It's a book that lays bare a shocking world of betrayal and murder, as well as the hidden depths of the human heart. And it will hold you and haunt you...long after you have reached its shattering conclusion.
It's gray, gritty early spring in the midsize Mid-western city that is the setting for Scott Turow's spellbinding book, already widely hailed as the most brilliant novel about lawyers and the law to appear in many years. Rusty Sabich, Kindle County's longtime chief deputy prosecutor, has been asked to investigate the rape and murder of one of his colleagues. Carolyn Polhernus was strong, sensuous, and magnetic; she was also clearly ambitious and quite possibly unscrupulous. Her murder has been an embarrassment to Rusty's boss, Raymond Horgan, who is facing a serious challenge in the upcoming election and who looks to Rusty for a fast solution to the case that will help save him politically. What Horgan doesn't know is that, only a few months before she was murdered, Carolyn Polhemus and Rusty Sabich were lovers.
Rusty is a passionate, brooding, fundamentally lonely man. As he nears forty, both his marriage and his career seem to be stagnating. His feelings are focused on his love for his son, Nat, and his desperate, enduring fantasies about Carolyn, who had abruptly ended their affair six months ago. Rusty's investigation allows him to indulge relentlessly in his obsession, but he apparently makes little progress in finding the killer. Then, when Horgan loses the election, Rusty suddenly, incredibly, finds himself accused of Carolyn's murder.