I must state at the outset that I have a particular fondness for Turow's work. The rich development of character and articulation of the human condition set him apart from most of his contemporaries. Innocent is a very good sequel to Presumed Innocent, which put Turow on the map 24 years ago. Presumed Innocent is such a good read that attempting a sequel was risky, yet Turow pulls it off with a consistently good read and a surprise or two for the reader. I re-read Presumed Innocent prior to the follow-up, and must say I was impressed by both. "Presumed" stands the test of time and "Innocent" stands the test of its predecessor. The passing years bring a maturity to the characters as well as their creator's skill at his craft. If you like Turow, you will love Innocent.
Turow has the cop and court language captured perfectly. His depictions of angles and attitudes is right on. Turow does the old forbidden fruit story and the eventual heartache with realistic emotions. The ending didn't have the pop that Presumed Innocent does -- but this one keeps the trip to end riveting all the way.
I felt that this plot was a bit far-fetched. I found myself saying, "come on, move along here." It's certainly better than average, but I was let down.
Christopher L Gerardi
Turow's stories are always very intelligent, and his characters flawed but always likeable. Interesting premise, with nice tie-ins to its predecessor Presumed Innocent, without being repetitive, Well worth the credit.
I am a Turow fan and I wish that would have chosen to flip the pages on this one. While the story seemed to drag on, I think I would have remained interested enough if I was reading as opposed to listening. The narration was what made this book meet the unfortunate delete demise on my iPod. It was dull and monotone and made me quickly lose interest.
This is a good followup to previous books. It was kind of hard to follow, since I listen at lunch each day (to avoid contact with co-workers). It made me wish for another story about Rusty's life.
I enjoyed the first book much more. I think at one point one of the characters says, "Don't have a cow." I cringed. Some of the other dialogue seemed very dated/corny as well. Not sure if it was the dialogue or narrator, but the "romantic" parts were as unsexy as they could be in my opinion. The book was okay, but some things bothered me.
Before the 2nd hour, I already guessed the ending. I'm just an average reader, with no great insights, but if I could already see the outcome, how satisfied would a better reader be? Maybe lawyer stories are just too predictable because we've read too many already. Too much CIS...?
Innocent is the sequel to Presumed Innocent. You do not have to have read Presumed Innocent to read and enjoy this book. Scott Turow is a master of twists and turns. He can sprin a great tale and leave you with with an exciting story that you cannot anticipate.