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Turow continues his obsession with innocence (his breakout first novel, Presumed Innocent, 1987, was followed after 20 years by Innocent). In this strained reworking of the theme, the mystery centers on identical twins, Cass and Paul Giannis, who both attend a party at the home of their father’s greatest rival, Zeus Kronon, in 1982. The mythological references are many, most seeming to underscore the simple point that the book is about twins. The pivot for the action is the 2008 release from prison of Cass, who confessed to the 1982 murder of his girlfriend Athena Kronon (daughter of Zeus). Cass has been destroyed by prison; Paul is a state senator and mayoral candidate. Matters get further complicated when an ex–FBI agent and a PI reopen the murder case on their own, convinced that Cass is innocent. Much of this book is weighed down by unnecessary accounts of characters’ lives from childhood on. The interesting part has to do with the forensics of fingerprinting and DNA, though the 2008 time frame limits what can be done with that. All in all, a disappointment from a much-loved author. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Turow may have drunk from the well of innocence one too many times, but his fans are still thirsty. --Connie Fletcher
"A compulsively readable tale of love, guilt and revenge that may take its cues from the story of Pollux and Castor and other Greek myths but resonates even more strongly with the near-epic Kindle County narrative Turow has created over some three decades. Even when "Identical's" many twists challenge the reader to figure out who's on first, it is Turow's deftly drawn characters - coping with advancing age, old grief and lost love - that linger in the mind."―Los Angeles Times
"Suspense with twists and turns from a master of the form."―Sacramento Bee
"Complexity is the hallmark of Turow's brainy legal thrillers."―USA Today
"Turow has obvious fun with his mythological conceit...the process of discovery takes nice and sometimes unexpected twists. Amid the super modernity of DNA tests, the austerity of case law and the tangles of contemporary politics, Turow never loses sight of the ancient underpinnings of his story...Classic (in more senses than one) Turow."―Kirkus
"A wrenching story of violence, betrayal, and human credibility."―Library Journal
"It's classic Turow: love, lies, and lawyers."―Good Housekeeping
"A tantalizingly tangled web of betrayal, deception and familial love...this twisty who's-who whodunit packs plenty of drama."―Family Circle
"Scott Turow's new novel is the dedicated fiction-reader's version of El Dorado: a driving, unputdownable courtroom drama/murder mystery that is also a literary treasure, written in language that sparkles with clarity and resonates with honest character insight. I came away feeling amazed and fulfilled, as we only do when we read novelists at the height of their powers. Put this one on your don't-miss list." (Praise for Innocent)
―Stephen King --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Very well written and plotted. The characters leap off the pages as we alternate between years. The Greek names given to the characters are hilarious, especially once you complete... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Doc Miller
Scott Turow is one of my most admired writers, clever, thoughtful and always a great story. 'Identical' is still a very good great, just not one of the great Turow books. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Sorenche
I liked just about everything about this book. It’s another legal thriller set in Turow’s fictional Midwestern Kindle County. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Daniel Berger
The writing is generally good but needlessly confusing:
"Du Bois again declared a recess to give the courtroom time to clear. When the judge rose. Read more
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, quie a few twists and turns to keep you reading.Published 1 month ago by BMS
Scott Turow is a Super Great writer. I have read his books before, BURDEN OF PROOF was probably the first. He is a master story teller. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Polly
I like Scott Turow but this novel was so implausible I could barely believe he wrote it. I'm used to the plot twists in his other works, and they help to make the books enjoyable,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by gromit