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
"Spellbinding.... The suspense is relentless.... Surprise follows surprise.... The work of a profoundly gifted writer." (The New York Times)
After reading some of the other reviews I was apprehensive about the book and almost didn't purchase it. I'm glad that I did. I found that the book is an intellectual thriller. It is however for adults only.
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."
I read Presumed Innocent shortly after its original release and I remembered enjoying it quite a bit. When I saw that Turow had just released a sequel, I thought it would be fun to re-"read" the original first.
Luckily I had forgotten many of the details, so it was very much like experiencing it for the first time.
Overall it is a great novel and some very nice twists and turns throughout the story. The narration is simply amazing (the one caveat is that the narrator doesn't do women's voices very well, but there are very few female characters so this is not an issue within the story) and this is one of those books that you simply cannot wait to get back to.
If legal mysteries are of interest to you - enjoy this book!
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.
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.
I really did struggle through the first few hours of this book. Not engaged at all. But I persisted because it was a quality performance, strong writing and because of Turow's reputation: it might be worth it in the end.
And indeed it was. It became a clever and intriguing interweaving of people and events. Although I wasn't drawn to any of the characters, Turow's presentation of their thoughts, their motives, was replete with wisdom and insight. Particularly that of 'Rusty'.
Say something about yourself!
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.
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
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.
Listening while I run.
This is a very good mystery but the highlight for me is Sandy Stern and his brilliant courtroom presence. Edward Herrmann nailed it.
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.
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.
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