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)
Tense, unexpected end.
Probably nothing. I have a good imagination.
When the real murderer was revealed.
I read the book years ago but there is so little decent fiction available on Audible.com (aka Harlequin Romance Online) that when i saw it on sale I download it. Let me advise you not to listen to this on your way to work because you will be sitting in your car in an empty parking lot with the sun going down still listening and will have to explain your strange behavior to your co-workers the next day.
Scott Turow's powerful words enhanced by Ed Herman's perfect rendition is almost too rich an experience. As soon as it ended I downloaded the next Rusty Savage book, at full price mind you, to hear more of Herman's range of voices and emotions. In twenty years of listening to books on tape (as they were once called) I have never heard better.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
Not out of date. This story still stands as a brilliantly developed court room story.
Architectural Photographer based in Florida
I truly enjoyed this legal mystery. Engaging from the beginning with splendid character development that allowed me to care about the participants. Herrmann's narration was inspired and will tempt me to invest in another of his works. Highly recommended book well worth the time and credit.
Even though the bookl is 30 years old it is Not dated The story is told in the delicious manner of the first person that Ifind so appealing. Scott Turow truely knows how turn a phrase to make the story flow smoothly. The narrator has just the right tone of voice to grab that flow and you for just the right ride on the rapids or the smoothness of the deeps. Totally enjoyed it and I am currently enjoying the sequel and I am only 2 hours into it
This is probably one of the worst books I have listened too. Their is no buildup, there is no cohesion, and to make matters worse, the Narrator is horrible. I tried to listen but was unable to stay awake during drive 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!
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