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Innocent Paperback – May 10, 2011
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Turow keeps us off balance by going back and forth in time, changing points of view, and withholding key bits of information so that he can spring a few surprises in the final chapters. "Innocent" is an intense story of how people nurse deep-seated resentments that fester for years and do inestimable damage; of family members who are afraid to tell one another the truth; of infidelity and betrayal; and ultimately, of love and redemption. Turow's courtroom scenes are mesmerizing, and he makes the complex proceedings accessible and fascinating, even for those who know little about criminal procedure.
One quibble is that Rusty's behavior does not always ring true. He is supposedly an intelligent and self-disciplined individual who has learned something from his past mistakes, but his actions in this novel are too naïve, foolish, and self-destructive to be believed. In addition, there is a bit of contrivance in the way the author sews up the threads of his narrative. Still, Turow knows how to grab our attention and hold it, and he maintains a high level of suspense throughout this intricate tale.Read more ›
In Spring 2007, Judge Rusty Sabich is a happily married man, who sympathizes with his bipolar wife Barbara and shy, law-school graduate son Nat. His world is turned upside down after he starts an extra-marital affair with his former law-clerk, Anna, who is young enough to be his daughter. Complicating matters is that Judge Sabich's election to the Supreme State Court is coming up, and news of his affair can cost him not only his wife, but his career.
Fast forward a year, and Anna has broken up with Judge Rusty Sabich. Instead, she starts dating his love-struck son Nat---but is terrified of word slipping out about her past relationship with his father.
And then the unthinkable happens--Rusty Sabich is accused of murdering his wife Barbara when he doesn't react properly to her failure to get up. Instead of calling medical services, he spends twenty-four hours at her bedside in a trance-like state. By the time Barbara is finally seen, she's no longer alive. By this time, even his son Nat has trouble figuring out if Rusty is guilty or not.
Meanwhile Rusty's old nemesis from "Presumed Innocent," acting prosecuting attorney Tommy Molto, assisted by his fiery chief deputy Jim Brand, sees his chance to finally get back at Rusty by gathering enough evidence against him to bring the case to trial. A legal-thriller type court battle ensues, and takes up much of the book.Read more ›
"Innocent" stands on its own as an excellent book. However, it is knowledge of the first book that causes the loss of a star in this review. While a sequel may well offer less detail than the original-which has to set the scene-this book loses a great deal in comparison to "PI" by offering far less detail about the Kindle County and a wide variety of lead up events. Turow chose to use the bare minimum of characters from the first book as he needed to. I think as a sequel he would do well to have involved other original characters, and not simply toss them away. As a result a certain amount of background color is lost.
On a different matter, I urge all those who are unhappy with Kindle prices to show their displeasure in the Discussion area and not in the Review area. It is unfair to the author and to potential readers to create a false impression about the quality of the book simply because the Kindle price is not where you think it should be.
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One of the best reads ever. Kept me up much later than I like,but worth every minute. Scott sounds like a psychologist as much as a lawyer.Published 5 days ago by Ron Vaughn
Characters are very vivid. Reading this make me feel like watching a movie. Yet the movie does not limit my perspectives on the story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lee
I thought that Innocent was an excellent book! It took a long time for the plot to get going. It"s not a fast-paced John Grisham legal thriller. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found the essential theme to be what motivates the actions of people. It is often quite undiscernable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kenneth A. Barnhart
He has written much, much better.
Was not as good as I expected from him but still looking forward to his next.
Based on his other works I expected a lot more. It was pretty mediocre.Published 3 months ago by shadow