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Innocent | [Scott Turow]

Innocent

The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.
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The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

Rusty is the prime suspect. Reunited with his charismatic lawyer Sandy Stern, he will do anything to convince his beloved son, Nat, of his innocence. But what is he hiding?

In an explosive trial which will expose lies, jealousy, revenge, corruption, and the darker side of human nature, Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto will battle it out to finally discover the real meaning of truth, and of justice.

©2010 Scott Turow (P)2010 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"Mesmerizing prose and intricate plotting lift Turow's superlative legal thriller, his best novel since his bestselling debut, Presumed Innocent....Once again, Turow displays an uncanny ability for making the passions and contradictions of his main characters accessible and understandable." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 05-10-10
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 05-10-10 Member Since 2013

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "Terrific Book"

    This is really part two of a previous book by Turow, Presumed Innocent. Although not entirely necessary to read the first of this two part series, I think doing so brings the listener a much better understanding of the story line. That book was quite good also.
    This book kept my interest throughout.
    I found myself engrossed in the characters lives and story. The ending is satisfying; the exception being a few paragraphs that are narrated by a female portraying one of the main characters, that just didn't fit in with the rest of the well written novel.
    Nevertheless, Turow is skilled in bringing the listener along as his characters are faced with choices and dilemmas in their lives, making the story so interesting and engrossing.
    The narrator, Edward Hermann, in both of these books is so very expertise in his tone, pace and challenging accents.
    If you like stories about lawyers, crime, and courtroom drama, you should enjoy this book, as well as Presumed Innocent.
    Happy listening!

    37 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Geraldine Palmdale, CA, United States 06-03-10
    Geraldine Palmdale, CA, United States 06-03-10

    A book lover with varied interests: history, political and technical and economic thrillers, mysteries, crime dramas, futuristic fantasy.

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    "Echoes of Sadness"

    Innocent by Scott Turow is a haunting tale of secrets, half-truths, and deceptions. The story is told from the points of view of the four major characters, which gives the reader greater insight into them. The story continues with Rusty Sabich who is accused of murdering his wife of more than 30 years. In one of the most poignant places in the dialogue, the son confronts his father with a half question". . . then I would have to believe that mom was a murderer." Of course, we(along with Rusty)know that mom was a murderer. But like Rusty, we want to spare Nat this painful truth. The various twists and turns, revelations, and near revelations kept me pushing toward the next chapter. A ghostly sadness provides a haunting backdrop to a story that began some twenty years earlier and threatens to end as tragically as the first one did. I found the story compelling and intriguing, particularly because it involves actions and motivations which define the human family.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    SEW Sachse, TX 05-20-10
    SEW Sachse, TX 05-20-10 Member Since 2011

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    "Wish it had never ended!"

    I read Presumed Innocent over twenty years ago and always considered it one the best books I'd ever read. It definitely turned me in to a Scott Turow fan and I have read everything he's written since then.
    This new book "Innocent" is a great follow-up to Presumed Innocent but I would recommend that if you haven't read Presumed Innocent you should do so before starting Innocent. You will be able to relate to the characters and follow the story line much better.
    Scott Turow has created a terrific story to bring all these old characters back to life. The plot was entirely believable but had enough twists and turns to keep you guessing almost until the end. I did not want the book to end.
    Also Edward Hermann is a masterful narrator. The fact that he is an esteemed actor really comes through.
    I listen to a lot of books (and read even more)and this is by far one of the best books
    I've read (heard) in several years.
    I hope that they make a movie of it. Harrison Ford could still play the lead!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 07-16-10
    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 07-16-10

    Don't you just love a great story well told?

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    "A True "Sequel" "

    Don't expect ENTIRELY different characters or plot line. I strongly recommend the original book FIRST.

    "Innocent" DID keep ME wondering, until the very end "who-done-it." (I'm a terrible detective.)

    As for courtroom drama: 1) At least a HALF of the the book is PURE courtroom or the "behind the scenes".
    2) Turrow WAS a high ranking attorney thus his keen observations of courtroom behavior ring true and are *precisely* what we courtroom drama lovers crave.

    The gripe: "Too much 'side story'" begs the question, doesn't a novel NEED developed characters? (Esp. other possible murderers?)

    My ONE beef (I RARELY complain about narrators) is that while EVERYONE ELSE sounds fine and identifiable, there is NO change in tone one BIT (that I can hear) for "the son" which leads to confusion with the father (if not listening closely for journal type headings.) I think the director expected a SON should SOUND just like his dad (ALL voices are very distinct, I've never heard a kid sound JUST like his older father.) So just THAT narration was poorly directed. Still, you get over it (Just listen for the journal type notes on who is talking now).

    The editing (no mouth sounds) is great.

    While a 2nd female narrator is advertised, she gets minimal speaking time compared to the male voice.
    Many nasty posts likely by other book companies hoping to cause, uh... "reasonable doubt", which is why they come out quickly after the book is released and are brief as they have other books to slam at work). THEY seldom explain WHAT was SO bad! Others just dislike a book but they tend say WHY. No accounting for taste.. "Esp. bad taste" - a cute rejoinder as it can cut BOTH ways.)

    Rely on the STARS given (since most don't WRITE reviews) AND then the more thorough reviews.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Francoise Birmingham, AL, United States 06-15-10
    Francoise Birmingham, AL, United States 06-15-10
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    "Satisfying"

    I watched Presumed Innocent before listening to remind me of the story line and the characters and recommend this approach for those whose memory of P.I. is fuzzy. Overall, a nice sequel. Thought provoking but not life changing. I agree with someone else who posted that Harrison Ford should star again when the movie comes out.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 05-28-10
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 05-28-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Fabulous!"

    This book is a proverbial page turner; you won't be able to stop listening. The plot is exquisite, as multi-faceted as one of Cartier's finest diamonds. The characters almost leap off the page, they are that real.

    If, like me, you've ever wondered why men of great intelligence, prestige, power and wealth, throw it all away over a pretty young woman, this book supplies the answers in a very personal way. Rusty Sabich illuminates the all-too-common spectacle without sparing himself. In the process he gets himself into a real mess. It makes for fine reading.

    The narration is spot-on.

    I can't praise this book enough. I loved it, and highly recommend it.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Nearl Idaho 05-29-10
    Chris Nearl Idaho 05-29-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Scott Turow Really Nails It"

    When I read "Presumed Innocent" in 1987, it was my first experience with a book that I simply could not put down. I read it cover-to-cover without stopping to sleep. "Innocent" is not quite that engrossing, but it is still a worthy successor. It is a fine story, well told.

    I'm obviously no professional book critic, but I cannot resist mentioning just two reasons why I think this book is special.

    First, I've practiced law as a lawyer and judge for 31 years, and I just go crazy when fiction writers bend the law or legal procedure to fit their story. Turow, who is a lawyer, constructs his story to fit neatly and believably within the law. That attention to detail makes it much easier for me to suspend my disbelief and become absorbed in the tale.

    Second, in "Innocent," Turow really nails the psyche of the sixty-ish male professional. Rusty Sabich's fears, ambitions, regrets and longings ring true time after time. For me, the novel was as much about Rusty's change from man to older man as it was about crime and death.

    I simply cannot recommend this novel highly enough. If you have not already read "Presumed Innocent," read that first, but in any event, read this book.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Austin, TX, United States 10-10-10
    Lisa Austin, TX, United States 10-10-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Sequels are rarely as good as the original"

    Edward Hermann is such a terrific actor - it's a real treat to listen to him narrate. Although I'd read "Presumed Innocent" long ago, I bought the audio version and listened to it just so I could get full benefit from listening to "Innocent." I don't think "Innocent" is quite as exciting or strong as "Presumed Innocent" but its worth purchasing. And I wasn't particularly happy with the female narrator who reads a few of the chapters of "Innocent." But on the whole, this is a good audio book for fans of Scott Turow and of Edward Hermann.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN Arlington, TX, United States 09-17-10
    JOHN Arlington, TX, United States 09-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Rusty's life reflections touched me"

    Great courtroom drama but really a wonderful sub-story about an accomplished man who in the Autumn of his years reflects on the lasting love and deep relationship never found. This connects to many of our own lives... successful careers, children, but marriages turned into utilitarian, though basically comfortable relationships held together for the sake of many things, and the sad realization that we are running out of runway to take off and soar as we could as our younger selves. As Thoreau wrote, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation".

    Scott Hermann’s narration was just perfect, dissenters notwithstanding. Why? Because I feel Mr. Hermann correctly captured Rusty’s dark but, at times, hopeful outlook and demeanor at the age of a 60 year old (which is where I am) after a lifetime of the subdued parallel life he lived in the recent years of his married life with Barbara.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 01-01-15
    Richard Delman San Francisco 01-01-15 Member Since 2013

    I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.

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    "Turow sells a lotta books."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Its length! Can I say that again? Are you really in the mood for six solid hours of courtroom drama? I had a hard time with it. Certainly Mr. Turow and his editors don't care a fig about how I feel here, but something tells me that I have some company here. Ir's just too damn long! The plot is very clever, the writing is smooth and masterful, the narrator does a fine job, but even given all these, they lost me somewhere in the third hour of courtroom back and forth. And, I am interested in the law to begin with. I am a psychologist who has worked (some of my time) with lawyers and judges, and the issues addressed there still interest me. However, I have made my point. As I have said previously, brevity is the soul of wit.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Scott Turow? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I can't see him cutting down the length of his books, as this is the standard length of a novel now. Nonetheless, someone some day (I have a niece in the publishing business; I'll call her) will take a risk and fiddle with this tradition. Mr. Turow does not seem like a fiddler. The world of law is the highest upholder of conventionalism in our society.


    Did Edward Hermann and Orlagh Cassidy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    They did. I have no complaints about either of them. Mr. Hermann is a well-known actor, and his stage presence, so to speak, is considerable. I have not heard of Ms. Cassidy before, but she, too has a very pleasant voice, very easy to listen to.


    Was Innocent worth the listening time?

    I have to say no here. Over twelve hours, most of it spent in a dusty courtroom...Even though the plot is really extremely clever, a bit soap-opera-ish, but still you do want to find out if the judge really did murder his wife. And also who offed Carolyn Polhemus twenty years ago. It's just the mind-numbing details, and the trivia of what gets dissected to no end in a trial (I do know whereof I speak; testifying in a trial makes it clear to you that trials are BORING). It is well-nigh impossible to keep up the suspense over such a long time. I will admit that The Testament, Polar Star, and The Ice Limit are all books that kept me totally involved through the ends, but those three are true masterworks. You just don't find many of those. I will keep looking.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I saw another review in which the reviewer said that the Mom did the killing, although I am sure he/she meant the first killing, of Carolyn Polhemus, out of sheer enraged jealousy. She surely didn't kill herself. Or did she?????

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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