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Identical Hardcover – October 15, 2013
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"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.
Top Customer Reviews
The identical twin crime novel has been done so often it's become a cliché, but Scott Turow knows that. Just when I thought I had it figured out and was disappointed that the story followed an obvious path, the plot twisted. Then it twisted again, becoming a different story altogether. Kudos to Turow for taking a familiar plot device and doing something new with it. Unlike some of Turow's other novels, Identical isn't a courtroom thriller, a departure that might disappoint readers who want an author to write the same novel over and over. It is instead a novel about the intersection of politics and law. That's been done before too, but few writers do it better than Turow. Identical is set in the familiar legal terrain of Kindle County and features several secondary characters (including Sandy Stern) who are well known to Turow's fans.
Paul Gianis is a brand new attorney who, as the novel opens in 1982, will soon become a prosecutor in Kindle County. Paul is attending a picnic where several of the novel's principle characters are gathered, including Paul's twin brother Cass, his mother Lidia, his brother's caustic girlfriend Dita, and Dita's father, Zeus Kronen. After warning us that the day of the picnic will change Paul's life, Scott Turow jumps ahead to a 2008 parole hearing, where we meet Dita's brother, Hal Kronen, a wealthy real estate developer. Cass has nearly finished serving his sentence for Dita's murder. Also attending the hearing are Kronen's vice president for security, Evon Miller, and his private investigator, Tim Brodie. Paul, having departed the prosecutor's office for a lucrative personal injury practice, is now the majority leader in the state senate and a candidate for mayor.Read more ›
Paul and Cass Giannis are identical twins growing up in Turow's favorite locale: Kindle county. Their family has been involved in a long term feud with their former neighbors the Kronons. Cass falls in love with Dita Kronon and wants to marry her in spite of the opposition of both families to the match. At a party given by Zeus Kronon, the patriarch of his family and her father Dita is beaten and murdered in her own room. Shortly afterward Cass confesses to the crime and plea bargains his way into serving 25 years at a minimum security prison.
The main events of the book take place in 2008, the year that Cass is released from prison, and coincidentally the year that Paul is running for mayor of Kindle county.
Evon Miller, an ex FBI agent, and head of security for ZP the Kronon family business decides to reopen the investigation into Dita's death 25 years ago and enlists the aid of Tim Brodie a former homicide detective and currently a private investigator. Evon's purpose is to make sure that Cass is really the one that killed Dita and not Paul who is running for mayor.
The permutations and spins of the investigation make for fascinating reading with the ending logical but not at all the one that we might believe. Turow is a master of painting scenes and logically developing his principal characters. A must read, and a very rewarding one with a surprise ending that will fascinate the reader, even those that have read Turow previously.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not as engaging as his other books which I loved this one dragged until about 3/4ths the way through but did have a good ending.Published 6 days ago by Shebe
Turow is an excellent writer. "Identical" captures our attention and we don't want to stop reading until finishing the book.Published 7 days ago by Cecilia Del Lucchese
Disappointing. I generally love all things Scott Turow, but I have to to reiterate the complaint in a number of other reviews about the uneven, ofter trite prose in this book. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Pocolita
I'm a huge Scott Turow fan. However Identical is my least favorite work of his. The story dragged and several of the characters were quite boring.Published 20 days ago by Gregg Hollmann
For the most part it was a good read. Not certain what the Evon/Heather component added to the book - seemed like just filling pages with it.Published 1 month ago by William A. Padley
Every family has secrets!! Fascinating plot with lots of surprises!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It was fun reading for a vacation lying in the sun. It seems a little far-fetched compared to some of his better novels. It was enjoyable reading, but does not leave you with much.Published 2 months ago by Jazzdrums