Presumed Innocent – Scott Turow



Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (December 1, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446676446
ISBN-13: 978-0446676441
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Rusty Savitch. Chief Prosecutor. Murder Suspect? That pretty much summarizes the plot for Scott Turow’s novel presumed innocent. This novel was originally released in 1987. This May, after 23 years, the sequel Innocent will be released. To celebrate that release, they re-released this novel. I’m glad they did. I’d never heard of it prior to this. It was even a movie starring Harrison Ford that I’d never seen (word of advice, read the book before you see the movie). The story is told from the point of view of Rusty Sabich. He’s given the assignment to discover who murdered a fellow attorney. This attorney just happens to be a woman he was having an affair with. Rusty finds himself involved in a mystery to determine who the killer was, and the subsequent trial. The book involves a lot of detective work, and very good trial scenes. It kept me wondering what the true story was behind the murder.

There was some strong language, so I’d say adults or older teens on this one. I was a bit distracted by the first person perspective. I”m not quite used to that in thrillers, but eventually got into the groove of things. You could never truly tell which characters were the good guys, and which weren’t. Rusty at times seemed like a bit of a self-centered, obsessive, jerk. I think that characterization helped with the story. If he’d been a loveable guy, then you wouldn’t have the suspense factor.

The one drawback. After I finished, my wife tried to read it. The descriptions, etc. for her tastes were a bit verbose. Some readers don’t like details like the white carpet felt like puffs of cotton on his bare feet, etc. If you are that type of reader, you might not be able to get into this. If you can get by that though, I think you’d enjoy the story. If you are a fan of thrillers, then pick this one up. Be sure and stop by here and enter our contest to win a copy. Be sure to stop by in May. I’ll not only have a review of Innocent, but a giveaway as well.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Valerie at Hachette Book Group for a review copy of this book.  It in no way influenced my review.

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