The "unputdownable courtroom drama" (Stephen King) and riveting sequel to the landmark bestseller Presumed Innocent, in which Tommy Molto and Rusty Sabich come head-to-head in a second murder trial.
Twenty years after Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto went head to head in the shattering murder trial of Presumed Innocent, the men are once more pitted against one another in a riveting psychological match. When Sabich, now 60 years old and the chief judge of an appellate court, finds his wife Barbara dead under mysterious circumstances, Molto accuses him of murder for the second time, setting into motion a trial that is vintage Turow--the courtroom at its most taut and explosive. With his characteristic insight into both the dark truths of the human psyche and the dense intricacies of the criminal justice system, Scott Turow proves once again that some books simply compel us to read late into the night, desperate to know who did it.
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
It s been more than two decades since Edward Hermann narrated Presumed Innocent, splendidly interpreting the voices of that book s main characters: hapless protagonist Rusty Sabich on trial for the murder of his lover; his shrewd defense attorney, Sandy Stern; and the determined prosecutor, Tommy Molto. Now that Turow has brought the trio back for a sequel, cleverly arranging them, after all these years, in a roughly analogous situation, it s only natural for Hermann to be back on board, too, performing with the same eloquence and subtlety that distinguished his earlier work. This time, following the author s lead, he presents a more philosophic Sabich, an ill but no less wily Stern, and a kinder, gentler Molto. And because a new character, Chief Justice Sabich s attractive young law clerk Anna Vostic, narrates several chapters, Hermann is assisted by Orlagh Cassidy, who smartly conveys both the wistfulness and strength of the new key player in this never less than engrossing multilayered drama-whodunit. A Grand Central hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 8).
It was a good read, but a little jumpy. In a first person narrative, the narrator is not supposed to know what the other characters are thinking. That's the advantage of third person narrative, which doesn't have that limitation. In this book there are three characters giving first person narration, and poor Tommy is stuck in third person. Then the time line jumps all around. Perhaps everyone can do dumb things under stress, but any idiot knows if you find your spouse dead, you call 911 even if the body is cold. Do anything else and the cops will be all over you. Rusty was pretty dumb. I though the final "twist" tied up the "loose ends."
Innocent by Scott Turow
Presumed Innocent, his earlier book with same characters picks up his story 20 years later in Innocent. Both are stand alone but reading them is order is the way to go. Both are very suspenseful and you don’t know the ending until the final pages.
Lost interest in all of the characters about half way through. Not an enjoyable read.