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Pleading Guilty Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1994

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Murder, embezzlement, bookmaking, offshore banking, and the politics of a high-powered law firm supply varying shades of corruption as Turow ( Presumed Innocent ; The Burden of Proof ) returns to Kindle County in this wise, surefooted legal thriller. World-weary attorney Mack Malloy, 50-ish ex-cop and recovering alcoholic, is the protagonist and narrator. Despite humiliating annual pay cuts, Mack plods on at Gage & Griswell, nearing the end of his usefulness. When another partner in the firm disappears, along with several million dollars, Mack is assigned the difficult and potentially dangerous job of discreetly discovering his whereabouts. During a one-month time span, Mack dictates his account onto six tapes corresponding to the book's chapters. It is an engaging, street-wise narrative full of plain talk and homespun philosophy, as well as a candid account of the behind-the-scenes workings of a powerful law firm. Though every element of the novel is polished and professional, the charisma of Mack's narration is its triumph. Add that to a taut, twist-filled plot, expert pacing, colorful and well-rendered supporting characters, and an appealing whiff of larceny, and Turow surpasses Grisham hands down. 875,000 first printing; Franklin Library First Edition; BOMC and QPB main selection; paperback to Warner; author tour.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.

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“Mr. Turow's prose is powerful ... a tough, vivid urban poetry, singing of ambition and corruption.... an arresting performance.” ―The New York Times

“Though every element of the novel is polished and professional, the charisma of Mack's narration is its triumph. Add that to a taut, twist-filled plot, expert pacing, colorful and well-rendered supporting characters, and an appealing whiff of larceny, and Turow surpasses Grisham hands down.” ―Publishers Weekly

“His legions of fans surely won't miss the chance to see Turow as they've never seen him before.” ―Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (June 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446365505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446365505
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,965,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
An extremely well crafted legal drama/mystery. Turow has always developed his characters superbly, and his study of narrator Mack Malloy is masterful. Malloy is a deep and believable character, and his personality gives Turow even better opportunities than usual to exercise his wit--how often does a page turner legal thriller also have you rolling with laughter on several occasions? I highly recommend this book, and I second the notion that this is the perfect place to start if you're wondering if Scott Turow is for you.
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It's been several years since I've read this book, but I highly recommnend it. After reading a couple of the poor reviews (from the looks of the reviews, you either love it or hate it), I felt I had to throw in my two cents. This book is different than Turow's other loosely-connected trilogy and certainly one of the best. It's written in that first person, detective-type cadence that keeps the pages turning fast. If you're new to Turow, read Presumed Innocent and this one, the others are a notch below.
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For some reason, John Grisham continues to be the hugest name in the "legal thriller" business, when that honor ought to be firmly in the grasp of Scott Turow. His books have more "meat on the bone," dabble in moral ambiguity more instead of having such clearly delineated good guys / bad guys, and are written in a more literate style. Grisham's characters are sketched in quickly and seldom grow and change. He's like the lawyer's version of Michael Crichton, all plot and no heart.
By shear coincidence, this was really driven home to me when I first read THE PARTNER, by Grisham, which tells the story of a lawyer who steals a huge amount of money from his shady law partners and disappears with it. It's a fun STORY with many amusing touches, but never makes you truly care for the characters. I followed this read immediately with PLEADING GUILTY, which also dealt with some shady attorneys being ripped off big-time by one of their partners.
The main character is Mack Malloy, an ex-cop turned lawyer, who is grappling with raising on his own a VERY troubled teenage boy and is also a recovering alcoholic right on the edge of no longer recovering. He's a smart attorney but not a terribly productive one for his firm, and he's given the job of tracking down his fellow partner who is suspected of raiding a company settlement fund of millions and disappearing. Mack begins to investigate, and he peels of layer after layer of secrets and surprises...off his firm, off their #1 client, off the local police force and even from his friend, the disappeared lawyer.
Told in the first person, the character of Mack is flawed but totally engaging. And when I say "flawed," I don't mean a little.
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I read and enjoyed the first two Turow novels (let's ignore 1L or whatever that law school book he wrote is called), but they are normal legal thrillers, although much more substantial than anything by Grisham (whom I also enjoy). But this book was a surprise and a delight to me. It's an hilarious dark comedy that has a nifty little whodunnit as a spine. If you are looking for a normal "hero comes through" book, this isn't it. But it is an acutely observed, bleak comedy of manners with what I found to be a very logical, but satisfactory, ending.
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I wasn't prepared for how funny this book would turn out to be. The plot isn't as memorable as Presumed Innocent, but the main character is much more likable.
I'm always looking for a suspenseful book that is intelligently written and this one has great humor besides.
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Turow continues to amaze me with the twists and turns of plot. The telling of this story in the form of a personally-written narrative by the main character of the story adds a real element of insight into his character. It's a page-turner right to the very end.
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This would have been a decent story if it had been half as long. It just dragged on and on. I try to always finish the books I start, but this one came close to getting ditched! I can't in good conscience recommend this book to anyone!
E. Perrine
Manteo,NC
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This is the third Turow novel I've read and it was the third he wrote. It also ranks third in quality of the three I've read. It's not a bad book at all, and it is well worth reading. It just lacks the higher quality of characters I found in the other two novels, Presumed Innocent and Burden of Proof. The story has plenty of Turow style surprises and is quite interesting. To me, the thing that pulled the book down was the character development. I just didn't find Mack or Brushy to be interesting or well developed. Toots was the most interesting character and he was a bit player in the story. So, overall I'd say read it, but if you only have time to read one or two, I'd pick his earlier novels.
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