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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • KP
  • Oakland, CA
  • 08-23-10

good follow up

I couldn't stop listening to this book! I would have given it 5 stars, but I guess I was just a wee bit disappointed in the ending. Somehow I was looking for something a little more surprising or in your face... like the end of the first book, Presumed Innocent. Also, one of the reasons I loved this one was because I did read Presumed Innocent recently enough to remember what happened at the end... how Rusty's wife was involved there. I felt her secret should have or would have been exposed somehow. I guess I was disappointed that it wasn't. And if you hadn't read book #1 , I know you could really like this book, but I'm not sure you could love it without book #1. Both of these may not be reasons to take off one star, but somehow that ending just marred it a bit for me. Otherwise, very compelling and interesting!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Moire
  • Linden, VA, United States
  • 06-28-10

So Self Indulgent

Hours and hours of Rusty and Ana analyzing the meaning of love and and how life turns out the way it does. I wanted a legal thriller -- instead I got to listen in on therapy!

Turow's first novel - Presumed Innocent - is a wonderful, tight, well written thriller -- sadly, Turow has not been able to continue at this level of authorship.

The second star is for top notch narration by Edward Hermann.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Ed Hermann bombed on this one.

With all due respect to Mr. Hermann, he reads this book so sloooooooowly it's agonizing! I want desperately to keep listening, but I can only listen in short segments because it's maddening! He pauses between words, never mind sentences! Why oh why did he read this so SLOWLY? It's a good story, I just might trying speeding up my ipod to listen though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Murrieta, CA, United States
  • 06-01-10

Not Bad... Not Great

Well, Turow did finish the story. There really were not many compelling, likeable characters in this one.

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  • Susan
  • Rock Hill, SC, United States
  • 05-28-10


Let me begin by saying that if there had never been a 'Presumed Innocent' I would probably really like this book. Pretty interesting story line (except when they get bogged down in all of the computer details). But it kind of reminds me of a very smart Nora Roberts book. The plot is pretty thin when compared to 'Presumed Innocent'. The characters of Tommy Molto and Nat, Rusty's son, are fleshed out but Tommy Molto turns out to be a pretty ordinary guy who seems to be trying to do the right thing with an assistant beside him who reminds me of the devil sitting on one of your shoulders. This book is just not as smart, not as interesting, and not as well-developed as the first book. Narrator is great!

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Brilliantly Crafted

This is a cleverly written, thoughtful and authentic portrayal of trial as it is experienced by trial lawyers. Scott Turow is to the legal suspense novel what John Le Carre is to the spy genre. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good read by a master of the craft.

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Good but not great sequel to Presumed Innocent


I enjoyed Innocent. I had seen the movie Presumed Innocent so, to prepare for Innocent, I rewatched the film and listened to the audiobook so I can make a fresh comparison between the two. Innocent does not have as much of the deep introspection that, IMO, slowed the story in Presumed Innocent. However, Innocent's depth of story is not as great as Presumed Innocent with the trial parts being a bit rushed. There is a twist but not nearly as great as the one in Presumed Innocent. I found the change in narrator from Rusty to his son Nat to his son's girlfriend Anna to be a bit jarring as well. Overalll, a good "read," especially if you enjoyed Presumed Innocent.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 10-22-16

Scott Turow: Consistently inconsistent

Innocent may be Turow's best legal thriller; at least it the best I have read or listened to. The narration pair, Edward Hermann and Orlagh Cassidy, are especially effective.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephen
  • Capital Hts., MD, United States
  • 08-02-10


Most sequels are not very good and this is no exception. The story is boring and there are parts that are not very believable. Rusty Savage is such an interesting character but Turow took the cheap way out by trying to create a similar scenario as in the first book. I was disappointed

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  • Felton
  • Emory, TX, United States
  • 07-20-10

Presumed Innocent All Over Again

The book was terribly slow. The story line is not believeable and much too similar to Presumed Innocent. I did not finish this book. That is a first for me.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful