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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

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"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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  • Suzn F
  • Fletcher, VT, US
  • 05-10-10

Terrific Book

This is really part two of a previous book by Turow, Presumed Innocent. Although not entirely necessary to read the first of this two part series, I think doing so brings the listener a much better understanding of the story line. That book was quite good also.
This book kept my interest throughout.
I found myself engrossed in the characters lives and story. The ending is satisfying; the exception being a few paragraphs that are narrated by a female portraying one of the main characters, that just didn't fit in with the rest of the well written novel.
Nevertheless, Turow is skilled in bringing the listener along as his characters are faced with choices and dilemmas in their lives, making the story so interesting and engrossing.
The narrator, Edward Hermann, in both of these books is so very expertise in his tone, pace and challenging accents.
If you like stories about lawyers, crime, and courtroom drama, you should enjoy this book, as well as Presumed Innocent.
Happy listening!

39 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • Geraldine
  • Palmdale, CA, United States
  • 06-03-10

Echoes of Sadness

Innocent by Scott Turow is a haunting tale of secrets, half-truths, and deceptions. The story is told from the points of view of the four major characters, which gives the reader greater insight into them. The story continues with Rusty Sabich who is accused of murdering his wife of more than 30 years. In one of the most poignant places in the dialogue, the son confronts his father with a half question". . . then I would have to believe that mom was a murderer." Of course, we(along with Rusty)know that mom was a murderer. But like Rusty, we want to spare Nat this painful truth. The various twists and turns, revelations, and near revelations kept me pushing toward the next chapter. A ghostly sadness provides a haunting backdrop to a story that began some twenty years earlier and threatens to end as tragically as the first one did. I found the story compelling and intriguing, particularly because it involves actions and motivations which define the human family.

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This book is a proverbial page turner; you won't be able to stop listening. The plot is exquisite, as multi-faceted as one of Cartier's finest diamonds. The characters almost leap off the page, they are that real.

If, like me, you've ever wondered why men of great intelligence, prestige, power and wealth, throw it all away over a pretty young woman, this book supplies the answers in a very personal way. Rusty Sabich illuminates the all-too-common spectacle without sparing himself. In the process he gets himself into a real mess. It makes for fine reading.

The narration is spot-on.

I can't praise this book enough. I loved it, and highly recommend it.

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  • SEW
  • Sachse, TX
  • 05-20-10

Wish it had never ended!

I read Presumed Innocent over twenty years ago and always considered it one the best books I'd ever read. It definitely turned me in to a Scott Turow fan and I have read everything he's written since then.
This new book "Innocent" is a great follow-up to Presumed Innocent but I would recommend that if you haven't read Presumed Innocent you should do so before starting Innocent. You will be able to relate to the characters and follow the story line much better.
Scott Turow has created a terrific story to bring all these old characters back to life. The plot was entirely believable but had enough twists and turns to keep you guessing almost until the end. I did not want the book to end.
Also Edward Hermann is a masterful narrator. The fact that he is an esteemed actor really comes through.
I listen to a lot of books (and read even more)and this is by far one of the best books
I've read (heard) in several years.
I hope that they make a movie of it. Harrison Ford could still play the lead!

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I watched Presumed Innocent before listening to remind me of the story line and the characters and recommend this approach for those whose memory of P.I. is fuzzy. Overall, a nice sequel. Thought provoking but not life changing. I agree with someone else who posted that Harrison Ford should star again when the movie comes out.

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Scott Turow Really Nails It

When I read "Presumed Innocent" in 1987, it was my first experience with a book that I simply could not put down. I read it cover-to-cover without stopping to sleep. "Innocent" is not quite that engrossing, but it is still a worthy successor. It is a fine story, well told.

I'm obviously no professional book critic, but I cannot resist mentioning just two reasons why I think this book is special.

First, I've practiced law as a lawyer and judge for 31 years, and I just go crazy when fiction writers bend the law or legal procedure to fit their story. Turow, who is a lawyer, constructs his story to fit neatly and believably within the law. That attention to detail makes it much easier for me to suspend my disbelief and become absorbed in the tale.

Second, in "Innocent," Turow really nails the psyche of the sixty-ish male professional. Rusty Sabich's fears, ambitions, regrets and longings ring true time after time. For me, the novel was as much about Rusty's change from man to older man as it was about crime and death.

I simply cannot recommend this novel highly enough. If you have not already read "Presumed Innocent," read that first, but in any event, read this book.

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  • Joange
  • Rice, VA, United States
  • 02-12-13

Decent Story

This was not as good as Presumed Innocent yet it was still an interesting story. Some of the characters returned from the past and it was well read. I will say, it was not till the end that I figured it out. Scott Turow really knows how to keep one's interest!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 10-10-10

Sequels are rarely as good as the original

Edward Hermann is such a terrific actor - it's a real treat to listen to him narrate. Although I'd read "Presumed Innocent" long ago, I bought the audio version and listened to it just so I could get full benefit from listening to "Innocent." I don't think "Innocent" is quite as exciting or strong as "Presumed Innocent" but its worth purchasing. And I wasn't particularly happy with the female narrator who reads a few of the chapters of "Innocent." But on the whole, this is a good audio book for fans of Scott Turow and of Edward Hermann.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A Great Sequel

The sequel is not as suspenseful but agreat ending as to what happened to some of the Presumed Innocent characters. I enjoyed it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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4.5 Stars for a Great Sequel

Presumed Innocent remains the best mystery I've ever read. I never figured out who the killer was until the last pages, and when I did, it all made sense. This book is not as spellbinding , but it works. And once again, you don't understand what really happened until the end. Its weakness for me was the severely flawed characters. I did not care for this Rusty Savage, though Molto was a pleasant surprise.

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