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Sunday, June 9, 2019 Presumed Innocent (): Scott Turow: Books. Start reading Presumed Innocent: A Novel (Kindle County Book 1) on your Kindle in. Chicago defense attorney Turow, formerly a U.S. prosecutor, capitalizes on his intimate knowledge of the courtroom in an impressive first novel that matches. In Presumed Innocent by Scott Turrow readers watch as a man is prosecuted for murder. Rusty Sabich is the The beauty of this book is the courtroom drama.

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Presumed Innocent, published in August , is Scott Turow's first novel, which tells the story of a prosecutor charged with the murder of his colleague. Presumed Innocent book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Hailed as the most suspenseful and compelling novel in decades. But the phenomenal success of Presumed Innocent, which spent 45 weeks on In retrospect, Turow sees the book he wrote at Stanford, which.

In Presumed Innocent by Scott Turrow readers watch as a man is prosecuted for murder. Rusty Sabich is the narrator and the defendant. Throughout the tale we wonder whether Rusty can be trusted. Carolyn Polhemus was brutally murdered. Sabich is accused of the crime but careful to keep quiet about his relationship with the victim.

And hey, caveat emptor. So, what do we want? Due process! I still can't hear you. Six, seven, eight, nine Stay the right side of the line! Thank you, thank you, thank you! See, that's the America I'm fighting for.

A country where the rule of law is paramount, where due process is respected, and where everyone is presumed innocent until they're proven guilty. Even Donald Trump. View all 11 comments. May 03, Floripiquita rated it it was amazing.

View all 3 comments. I thought it was an interesting, and quite novel, idea to set the first pages after the murder has occurred and then fill in the blanks as you go along. A lot of back story was needed to get the reader up to speed and this is when things were a little slow and sometimes less interesting with the political campaign less absorbing but we know what is just around the corner.

When the story gets into the courtroom the book was hard to put down. The dialogue flowed with ease and there were many times when you were keen to just read that next chapter to find out what was going to happen instead of going to sleep. Whilst the solution to the murder and side plots weren't all that great in the end it had some of the best courtroom interrogations I've read in a long time. If only the whole story was as tight as those scenes this would have been much higher rated overall.

Worth a read if this is a genre you're interested in. If you enjoy this try: View 2 comments. View all 5 comments. Mar 10, S. Aruna rated it it was amazing Shelves: First of all, I was more than surprised to find out that Turow came before Grisham.

This book was published in while Grisham's first novel, A Time to Kill came out a year later, and actually encouraged Grisham to embark on a writing career. Presumed Innocent is a well crafted blend of mystery and legal thriller.

The plot has many twists and turns and the reader is empathizing with Rusty Sabich all the way. It has great court room scenes, sharp dialogue, and good character development, filled First of all, I was more than surprised to find out that Turow came before Grisham. It has great court room scenes, sharp dialogue, and good character development, filled with all the saucy human emotions and foibles that fiction readers savor - forbidden passion, betrayal, corruption, nasty local politics, and bitter jealousy.

Despite continuing on in his writing, this debut novel probably remains as Turow's best. View all 4 comments. Jun 18, Scott Rhee rated it really liked it Shelves: I met Scott Turow when he came to visit my college to promote "Presumed Innocent", which I thought was a great book at the time.

I haven't read it in almost 20 years Christ, has it been that long since I was in college? Both of them were inevitably compared to each other because of their courtroom settings and knowledge of the legal p I met Scott Turow when he came to visit my college to promote "Presumed Innocent", which I thought was a great book at the time. Both of them were inevitably compared to each other because of their courtroom settings and knowledge of the legal profession, but Turow was generally trying to do something different than Grisham.

It's Turow's details his naturalistic dialogue, his attempts to flesh out minor characters, his reflections into the darkness of the human condition that I appreciated more from a writer's perspective and that I probably recall better than the actual plot, which was, if I recall correctly, a seemingly run-of-the-mill whodunnit. View all 6 comments. I'm surprised I didn't like this. The reader was pretty good, but I just didn't like the way the author wrote.

There was too much back story dumping irrelevant data that detracted from the main story. I might have stuck with it longer, except I didn't like the main character enough.

Mar 12, Davyne DeSye rated it it was amazing. This is a terrific murder mystery, as well as being a fun legal thriller. Hmm, I thought. Happily, I enjoyed the book very much in addition to getting the answer to my question — Hollywood cut one very small scene, which, if included, would have kept my eyebrow firmly in place, but which, honestly, to anyone but a lawyer is really not needed.

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The mystery even though I knew the answer was well played out, the characters were fully fleshed out and the writing was smooth. The author does a great job of keeping the legal aspects clear and understandable to the layman.

In this story, Rusty Sabich, is a prosecuting attorney. When one of his colleagues, Carolyn Polhemus is murdered, he is put in charge of the investigation. Even worse, every bit of evidence they have about the murderer is pointing to Rusty being the culprit… Fantastic stuff. The movie does an excellent job of rendering the story, but if you want to delve a little deeper, this book will deliver.

Highly recommended to lovers of legal thrillers! True rating: Jun 14, Laura rated it really liked it. It was just a little too long. Otherwise, this was a stellar reading experience. I'm doing a bunch of challenges this year.

And I'm so grateful for that. So there isn't much I can add to the conversation around it. I'll just say it's as much a character stud 4. I'll just say it's as much a character study as it is a procedural crime story, as much the story of a messy relationship as that of a trial, as introspective as it is cinematic.

Also, somehow I guessed the culprit early on - just a hunch. You should, too. View 1 comment. Apr 26, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: I recently re-read this, and it's still wonderful. The writing is sharp and brooding, and the plotting is superb. A renowned attorney in the DA's office is having an affair with a sex crimes attorney. When she turns up dead and it looks like rape, he is pinned as the murderer.

The majority of the book takes place in the courtroom but it is by no means dull. You'll never guess who was the real killer! At first, the book starts out as brash, crude and offensive at times because of the 'cop talk' banter. It was too explicit for my tastes and I nearly put the book down for good.

I am glad I hung in there becaus A renowned attorney in the DA's office is having an affair with a sex crimes attorney. I am glad I hung in there because this book ended up being one I could not put it down if I tried - it was a real page turner! In addition to all of the four-letter-words, the author actually has quite an exquisite vocabulary! I often felt little inner celebrations over his perfect selection of a particular descriptive word - words not commonly heard in modern literature.

The balance between cold hard facts and relationships is phenomenal and the story has a real climax ending that stays in your mind long after you're done reading. Some parts very good, I was eager to know what would happen.

Other parts average. Married prosecutor Rusty is accused of murdering his former lover. The first third of the book is what happens prior to the indictment. The last two-thirds is primarily the trial. This did not have the typical bad guy killer. I liked the unusual plot and motivations. I saw the movie several years ago and I remembered who did it, which was the same as in the book. But other things were very different between the movie and the book. During the first third, I was impatient for things to happen.

It seemed too drawn out, getting to know various characters: Then when Rusty was indicted for the murder of Carolyn I was frustrated.

I was anxious about the ending. Would it be happy or not? So I read the last chapter which summarized many of the details, and I was relieved. I liked the ending for Rusty. Then I went back to where I left off at his indictment and listened to the rest of the book. My enjoyment from that point on was much better than when I was worrying about the ending.

The last two-thirds is mostly about evidence and watching the judge and the lawyers on each side. At times it was exciting. Sometimes it was slow. As a result I paid more attention to key characters. I wish the author had NOT included them. They were about other cases the prosecutor worked on. One a small boy tortured by his mother.

Another a man put in prison, raped, and suffered permanent damage to his body. The narrator Edward Herrmann was fine. Unabridged audiobook reading time: Swearing language: Sexual language: Sexual content: About 7 sex scenes, mostly referred to, not a lot of detail shown. Book Copyright: Good enough for those who want happy endings.

Jun 04, B the BookAddict rated it really liked it Shelves: I must admit that I saw the movie first, then read the book. But the book is so much better.

I love the fact that Turow is a lawyer writing about the law; he knows his stuff. Even taking that into account, Turow does not weigh the reader down with too much legalese, something that adds to the book's success. This novel was the first that I read of this author: Oct 05, Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore rated it really liked it Shelves: But the trial itself and the murder mystery made the book a pretty good read for me.

The courtroom scenes and some excellent cross-examinations were very Perry Mason, and made for exciting reading. Is it political, personal, or has Rusty stumbled onto something in the course of his investigation? Sep 12, Michaela rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What a mess. It was unnecessarily racist, and unjustifiably long. I opened this book expecting to be gripped, suprised, and excited. Instead, I was disppointed.

It was a far too long blow-by-blow account of unimportant details.


I guess who the killer was halfway through the book, and it somehow managed to further disappoint me, in the process of revealing the killer to me at the end. I'm not even sure whether or not I should go into the mess of a sub-plot. Becuase the killer is, suprise surpise, h What a mess. Becuase the killer is, suprise surpise, his wife, and because he wanted to avoid having to end with her confessing her crime to the courtroom, Turow decided to end the trial abruplty, through the use of that infamous 'B-file'.

Judge Larren was once involved in bribery, and through fear of all of his dirt being brought to light in the courtroom, he dismisses the trial, and sets dusty free. No one cared in the slighest. Practically every one knew, but not one single character cared. Why, then should I have cared? I didn't. It was sloppy tactic. It's as if Scott Turow sat at his desk scratching away with his pencil in a 'got to have a twist, got to have a twist' frenzy, and was prepared to jot down ANYTHING, to deliver that god damned twist.

I can't remember being gripped by the story, once, and the highest point, was the second to last trial. I gave it two stars instead of one, because although a drag it's written well linguistically , and the facts pumped behind all of the law, and forensics, were interesting if you like that sort of thing.

All in all, it was nothing out of the ordinary, and am quite miffed that the reviews on the back claimed that this book would take over my life for a while. Maybe I should be blaming them. This was a great read. There were a couple of issues that made me cringe and wish I had fast-forwarded view spoiler [ the little boy abused by his mother and the CPA who went to prison hide spoiler ] , but I was engrossed for most of the book.

I listened to it via Overdrive and I think the narrator was very good, especially as Sandy. I look forward to the next book in this series - it is about Sandy and his family. This book made me fall in love with Scott Turow's writing. I have set myself a goal to read and own all of his books.

I had already seen the movie for this book before I read any of it. As often the case, the book was so much better than the movie.

Scott Turow is a wonderful writer who draws you into the world he is creating.

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Great book. Feb 18, Kymm Cummins rated it it was ok Shelves: Couldn't finish this book. I don't know if it was the story, the author or both, but the profanity, the racism, the sexism and the explicit sex scenes were enough to turn me off. I just don't think a book needs to go that way to make it a good book. Bums me out I always try to finish my books.

This is probably the 2nd one in as many years. Apr 26, Gaby rated it really liked it Shelves: I first read Presumed Innocent almost fifteen years ago. I'd been thinking of going to law school and Presumed Innocent is on the list of books that many law schools send you the summer before you begin studying.

I remember thinking that the book spent more time on legal technicalities than the other thrillers that I'd read. Reading Presumed Innocent with an eye to joining the profession gave it a certain air as well.

Now after years as an entirely different sort of lawyer, the detective work, le I first read Presumed Innocent almost fifteen years ago. Now after years as an entirely different sort of lawyer, the detective work, legal technicalities and procedural law aspects continue to delight me.

Though I've read the book and watched the movie and am vaguely aware that a twist is sure to come, Presumed Innocent draws me in as though it were completely new. Scott Turow's writing remains fresh and engaging. Other reviewers have mentioned that the book has lost its impact for them, that they're not as impressed by it years later. I have a very different reaction to the book -- years later and after close to 15 years studying and practicing law, I find that Presumed Innocent has grown to be even more gripping and entertaining.

Though you might have expected me to figure out the ending given that I'd read the book before and seen the movie, but the enjoyment comes from how Turow built up the suspense and described the trial. It's the execution of the concept that makes Presumed Innocent a legal thriller that will last for years to come.

I'm very much looking forward to reading Turow's next book Innocent that comes out on May 4, Grand Central Publishing December 1, , pages. Review copy provided by the publisher.

Well, here we go. Not a book I hate but a book that I couldn't get into. I would ordinarily go with 2 stars on a "I don't love and I don't hate it' book but for a couple of reasons I lift this one to 3. First the book did interest me at first and the author's writing is good.

The 'voice" of the story telling character was at least at first interesting. It was in the early s, by which time he had been promoted to a supervisory role, and he was in court to evaluate a young prosecutor he was overseeing:. This is what I ought to be writing. I got the idea for Presumed Innocent right then and I started writing it.

Presumed Innocent begins, as all murder mysteries must, with a dead body, in this case, that of brainy blonde county prosecutor Carolyn Polhemus, who is found naked in her apartment bound in a web of ropes, the victim of a savage rape or perhaps a rough sex game gone wrong.

This, in effect, turns the novel into the first-person testimony Rusty never gives at his trial. We watch him quietly cover up evidence that points to his guilt even before we realize he is going to be accused of the crime. Because we are in his head, we realize he has not only the motive and the opportunity to commit the crime, but the intelligence to get away with it. He has strayed in his marriage, but then so have many other essentially decent people, and he loves his son, cares deeply for his emotionally unstable wife, and is passionate about justice and the law.

He is also plainly lying to us. If he were innocent, why would he wait to get the fingerprint analysis done? Why would he try so hard to get the forensic pathologist to see the crime as a stranger-rape rather than a case of consensual sex gone wrong as the evidence suggests?

And why on earth is he, a man still desperately in love with the deceased, investigating the murder in the first place?

This helps explain why Presumed Innocent was such an explosive bestseller in , and also why, in my view, it deserves to be read as a seminal novel in the history of the melding of literary and genre fiction.

Rusty Sabich is, in other words, a character straight out of lateth century American literary fiction who happens to be caught in the middle of a murder mystery. The child of working-class immigrants, he has by dint of hard work and intelligence risen to a place of respect in society, but like a wolf that has chewed off a limb to escape a trap, there is a piece missing in him, a wound that will never heal.

A scene, narrated in retrospect, in which Rusty finds an attorney to help his father fight federal charges, tells us all we need to know about the powerful fears eating at Rusty. Watching his father talk to the lawyer, Rusty sees through the old man, unshaven and plainly terrified, to his years of suffering in the Nazi camps:. They ate a horse, my cousin Ilya told me when I was nine or ten… An old nag had died. It keeled over in the night and froze.

It lay in the snow for three days, and then some guard allowed it to be dragged beyond the barbed wire fence of the compound. The inmates attacked it; they pulled off the hide with their bare hands and grabbed at the flesh… My father had seen that.

His love for her is volcanic, beyond his conscious control. By the time he is accused of her murder, we know that she has destroyed his marriage and then thrown him over for his boss, the chief prosecuting attorney, and we have little doubt that Rusty is angry enough to want her dead.

But a more persuasive culprit, I would argue, is Turow himself. Presumed Innocent is a wildly innovative work of fiction that upends several genres at once while simultaneously creating an entirely new subgenre of its own. But after that book, Turow stopped innovating.

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