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)
Normally a book like this is one I quickly recommend to friends and family. But the very graphic scenes make me hesitant to do that. If that doesn't bother you, then you should enjoy this one. I can't imagine another narrator doing a better job with this book... a perfect fit for the author's toughtful, almost poetic writing. The first person perspective added a nice touch, since few are done that way these days. While I suspected who dunnit very early in the book, it still kept me interested and not quite sure until the end.
I'm not finished this book yet. I have to keep turning it off - there's too much cursing. The story takes a while to get off the ground, but now - about 4 hours into it - it seems to be picking up. But if I had known there was so much cursing, I would not have bought this book.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
This is Scott Turow's first book in what I understand will become a long line of good legal mysteries. Can't think what to say about this book that hasn't already been said by everyone else. It's old now (written in 1987) but I am just getting started on his books, which I had always heard were wonderful thrillers but somehow missed reading or seeing the films. This did not disappoint in any way, and didn't lack anything for being slightly ahead of cell phones and electronics, which have revolutionized mystery books forever. In fact, I rather prefer the books that are still pre-computerized and rely on old fashioned ingenuity.
Rusty Sabich is a prosecutor in a mid-west state who is also working to try to get his boss re-elected. When that doesn't happen, and Nico Della Guardia wins the election, he realizes that things will change. But he had not banked on a colleague getting murdered, and himself getting charged with it. A great deal of the book takes place during the trial, and is quite interesting with lots of twists, turns and surprises. The story moves well, and even though I had assumed some things about the ending, I actually had not figured it out.
This book has similarities to the exciting page-turner John Grishom style of writing, but I believe it preceded those, so this may be the trend-setter here for a lot more subsequently done in similar style. I must say a little about the narrator. I found his ability to do voices to be superb! He shifted back and forth between a lot of different people and it was always clear who was speaking. He did a particularly good job with the voice of Sandy Stern, very light, gentle, yet assertive in the courtroom. If you are like me, one of the dozen or so people on the planet who missed the book or movie of "Presumed Innocent," I can strongly recommend this book. I really enjoyed listening to it!
Enjoy the adventure
This book suggests that everyone is guilty of something they should never have done. Presumed Innocent was depressing beyond words and I am guilty of listening.
I'm glad I purchased this book during the $4.95 promotion even thought it's not worth that I've been determined to finish this book I'm half way through and it's a little better.
While the story is excellent, the language is much to offensive. If the "F" word offends you or if graphically detailed sexual situations (some very crude) offend you -- my recommendation is do not listen to this book. I hope this warning saves you from the disappointment I experienced. I really enjoyed the story line, but had to stop listening half way through part one -- sorry, anal intercourse is not my style!
OK... I try not to be super critical but I couldn't totally get into this one. Maybe it was the fact that there was no real character development of the victim and yet you are supposed to identify with the loss of her. The main character clearly moans repeatedly over her death but yet I almost couldn't figure out why. I don't know... all the rave reviews make me want to go back and listen again and see if I missed something. That being said... I am glad I downloaded it and I did not feel that I wasted a credit.
If, like me, you like to listen to books with your grandkids, leave this one alone. It is full of terrible language and other things children do not need to hear. I honestly cannot comment on the story, because I could not finish listening. It would be so nice if books had ratings like movies.
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