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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"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 Paperback edition.
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I found, however, the sections dealing with a lesbian couple rather unnecessary, boring and quite predictable. I wonder why this stuff was included - the two ladies have nothing to contribute to the main story. It ends on comical note.
Tim, the fit oldster, should be a role model for me (I am 79 now). Turow's description of his aging but still working body is kind of encouraging.
Interesting similarity to Jeffrey Archer's fiction: an incest. Archer, I think, uses it two stories and Turow uses it here as well.
Turow created here something similar to classic Greek tragedies. This is, however, 2013 AD not 500 BC. The women, however are the strongest players here, as they were back then.
I liked Grisham's last opus much better but Turow is not that bad. I may buy a few books I missed after his first one or two.
Recommended but with reservations.
Scott Turow is certainly one of our best mystery writers. Unfortunately, "Identical" isn't one of his better books. Like most serious mystery readers, figuring the plot out early in the book and finding we're right at every plot twist and juncture gives us no pleasure. "Identical" was all too easy to figure out. Were the characters people we cared about, I wouldn't have minded, but I can't think any of them were interesting, likable, or well developed enough to say that I wanted to finish the book just to see how they all fared. Kudos to Amazon for helping me find the pleasure of reading Kindle books, and best wishes to Scott Turow on his next book. He's given us great pleasure in the past. I'm certain he'll continue to give us pleasure in the future.
It was hard to follow at times. There were a good many characters who were referred to by first names sometimes and sometimes last names and it was hard to remember them all. I wish I had read this on my Kindle so I could reference the names.
I liked the plot and I was intrigued by the use of twin characters.
In the beginning there were several characters that I really connected with. They had very interesting thoughts and attitudes.
I read "Presumed Innocent" many rears ago and was quite impressed, but this is the first Turow book I've read since.