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Presumed Innocent
Presumed Innocent
Author: Scott Turow
Scott Turow graduated from Amherst College and held a fellowship in creative writing at Stanford before attending Harvard Law School. One L, his account of his first year there, was published in 1977, and has become virtually required reading for prospective law students. Mr. Turow served for eight years as an assistant US Attorney in his nati...  more »
ISBN: 47688
Pages: 431
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Collins Publishers
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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punkinema avatar reviewed Presumed Innocent on + 305 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
One of the best legal thrillers I've read. Turow has written a gripping novel about the law - and also made the characters very believable.
buzzby avatar reviewed Presumed Innocent on + 6062 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is still the best mysteries I've ever read. Turow uses a scalpel where Grisham uses a chainsaw.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is one of my all-time favorite novels. I've read it several times.
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emeraldfire avatar reviewed Presumed Innocent on
Kindle County's chief deputy prosecutor, Rusty Sabich, has recently been asked to investigate the murder of one of his colleagues, Carolyn Polhemus. The only thing that his boss, the chief prosecuting attorney, Raymond Horgan, doesn't know is that Carolyn and Rusty were having an affair at the time of her death. Since Prosecutor Horgan is in the midst of a vicious re-election campaign, his opponent - Nico Della Guardia would like nothing more than to find proof that Raymond Horgan is somehow unfit to be Kindle County's chief prosecutor.

As he nears forty, both Rusty's marriage and his career seem stalled; almost stagnant. His wife Barbara seems so uncaring and cold - actively avoiding Rusty as much as she can. Subsequently, he focuses all his attention and energies on his son Nathaniel, and his desperate, unhappy love for Carolyn. Rusty's investigation fuels his fantasies of what might have been between Carolyn and himself, although he makes very little progress in finding the killer.

Citing the slowness of the murder investigation, and using the fact that the Prosecutor apparently can't find the murderer of someone who worked in his office, Nico gains more popularity in the polls. Claiming that Kindle County deserves a change in its office, he handily wins the election. He then sets his sights on prosecuting Carolyn Polhemus' murderer - in the case of the People versus Rozat K. Sabich - who is known as the chief deputy prosecutor, Rusty Sabich.

Now, Rusty is put on trial, facing possible conviction for the most terrible of all crimes. This is a 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 ultimately endangers everything he loves and values - eventually putting everything on trial - including his own life.

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow reveals a shocking world of betrayal and murder, as well as the hidden depths of the human heart. It's a story that will alternately hold you spellbound and will haunt you...long after you have turned the final page and reached its shattering conclusion.

I must say that this is actually the first book by Scott Turow that I've ever read, although I do have several more on my bookshelf. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I was absolutely dying to know how the story turned out. Although this was somewhat heavy reading for me in parts - with such a strong focus on politics and a very detailed look at the intricacies of the prosecutor's office - I still enjoyed the story immensely and give the book a definite A+!

I look forward to reading more by this author in the future. Mareena reminded me that I had actually received the book fairly recently, after we noticed that the 1990 movie adaptation starring Harrison Ford and Brian Dennehy was on television several days ago.
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Blood chilling-good read
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Good Thriller
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really good
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Greatly recommended. Also based on the movie.
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Very good legal thriller; difficult to put down.

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