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Presumed Innocent | [Scott Turow]

Presumed Innocent

Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of crimes. Prosecutor Rusty Sabich is transformed from accuser to accused when he is handed an explosive case - that of the brutal murder of a woman who happens to be his former lover.
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Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of crimes. Prosecutor Rusty Sabich is transformed from accuser to accused when he is handed an explosive case - that of the brutal murder of a woman who happens to be his former lover.

©1987 Scott Turow (P)2010 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"Spellbinding.... The suspense is relentless.... Surprise follows surprise.... The work of a profoundly gifted writer." (The New York Times)

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    "Presumed Innocent"

    This is an excellently written book that if you have not read is a much. I did not realize until the end that I had watched the movie -it is a book you will hold on to until the finish then think about the story of this family.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 09-14-12
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I thought this Mystery Novel was GREAT!!"

    This was a great novel and definitely kept me interested throughout . . . didn't want to turn it off. It kept me trying to guess who the murderer was because the author gave no clues. Very entertaining.

    Now I have downloaded the next book "Innocent" and can't wait to start listening to it.

    The narrator Edward Hermann was excellent and I'm glad to learn that he is also the narrator for "Innocent."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JEFF FT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 04-15-10
    JEFF FT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 04-15-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Really good"

    This is a great listen, the reader is fantastic. Really keeps you wondering up until the very end. I thought this was a recent Turow book, but according the credits, has been out for many years. Highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 03-13-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Some parts very good. Other parts average."

    3 ½ stars. 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: lawyers, cops, wife, lover. 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? I didn’t want to invest another ten hours, just to be let down and depressed at the end. 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. For someone like me, I’d recommend reading the last chapter (40) first, then go to the beginning and read the whole book. As a result I paid more attention to key characters. Since I knew certain things would happen, I was eagerly anticipating those events thinking “when’s this going to happen?”

    There were two scenes describing torture and brutality which bothered me. 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 Hermann was fine.

    Ending: Good enough for those who want happy endings.
    Genre: legal mystery.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Big jim Picotto Great White North 02-05-15
    Big jim Picotto Great White North 02-05-15 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Excellent novel."

    A simply marvellous novel by a fantastic novelist. Initially, i had some concerns that the narrator just did not have the right tone. Too smarmy, too slow. But increasing the speed by 25% made it much better. Am off to sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 06-08-14
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 06-08-14 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy literary fiction with character depth and psychological exploration. I am in my 50s, work in psychology, and love the outdoors.

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    "It Does Keep You Wondering..."

    First of all, I have to admit that I am not a big fan of a courtroom drama but I read many reviews of this book and do enjoy a mystery, so I gave it a listen. There were parts of this story that were exciting but overall it was frustrating, bogged down in minutia and disappointing. I found myself daydreaming while waiting for anything pertinent to take place. Maybe I just prefer a murder mystery where the focus is on solving the crime. This book overlooks solving the crime and, then, suddenly at the end, the murderer is revealed. I read one review that suggests that listening to Chapter 40 first (where the murderer is revealed) and then listening to the book helps the reader understand what is happening and I don't doubt that to be true. Also, I understand there is a movie of this book, so perhaps watching the movie first would help. Yet, I was left wondering why the author had the characters working on prosecuting a crime while no one was interested in solving the crime. The narrator is perfect. I enjoy the cadence and tone of his reading very much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Adair texas 06-08-14
    B. Adair texas 06-08-14

    I love books with significance

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    "Lots of bad language"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. To much bad language


    Any additional comments?

    The story was good but the language was offensive. it did not add to the story and the author could have used other words rather than taking the name of the Lord in vain.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Roanoke, TX, United States 03-01-13
    Brian Roanoke, TX, United States 03-01-13

    Listening while I run.

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    "Worth it for the Courtroom Drama"

    This is a very good mystery but the highlight for me is Sandy Stern and his brilliant courtroom presence. Edward Herrmann nailed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E.C. 10-10-12
    E.C. 10-10-12 Member Since 2013

    I have been an avid reader since childhood and I tend to lean toward the macabre, strange and enjoy things that go bump in the night.

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    "Holding quality over two decades."

    The heart of the story takes place in a courtroom, but the soul of the story takes place in the details surrounding the crime. The narrator is fantastic in his interpretation of voices and their accompanying emotions. During the story I felt anxiety, victory, sadness and shock. I wanted to hear more about the protagonist's life after " Presumed Innocent" so I purchased and am reading the sequel "Innocent".

    Presumed Innocent is intelligent, suspenseful, entertaining, and even after twenty years is still timely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 10-06-12
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 10-06-12 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Multiple Twists & Turns"

    Good news: Herrmann grew on me as a narrator as the book progressed. His ability to reflect different genders, ages and ethnicities is absolutely brilliant and wonderfully understated. The courtroom scenes were absolutely engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the strategy and the legal repartee.

    Not so good news: The main character is given to rather long personal and societal reflections. For me, these interrupted the pacing of the plot and grew quite tedious. There are many more dark and disturbing moments than light ones. That would be ok if something redeeming came out of all of those scenes...but it didn't.

    Bottomline for me: The plot was not predictable. As it developed, there were twists and turns that kept it interesting; and, best of all, I didn't see the ending coming until quite late in the book. So I settled on 4 stars even though the book had its shortcomings. And I will read the 2nd series in this book just to hear more of the narrator and courtroom scenes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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