Presumed Innocent

Presumed Innocent☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Presumed Innocent By Scott Turow ❤ – Hailed as the most suspenseful and compelling novel in decades Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of all crimes It Hailed as the most suspenseful and compelling novel in decades Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of all crimes It's the stunning portrayal of one man's all too human all consuming fatal attraction for a passionate woman who is not his wife and the story of how his obsession puts everything he loves and values on trial—including his own life It's a book that lays bare a shocking world of betrayal and murder as well as the hidden depths of the human heart And it will hold you and haunt you long after you have reached its shattering conclusion.

Scott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction including IDENTICAL INNOCENT PRESUMED INNOCENT and THE BURDEN OF PROOF and two nonfiction books including ONE L about his experience as a law student His books have been translated into than forty languages sold than thirty million copies worldwide and have been adapted into movies and television projects He has fre.

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 421 pages
  • Presumed Innocent
  • Scott Turow
  • English
  • 20 February 2014
  • 9780446350983

10 thoughts on “Presumed Innocent

  1. Supratim says:

    This is one of the best books that I have read recently It is a great legal thriller cum murder mystery No wonder the book finds mention in both the top 100 mysterycrime novel lists published by the Britain based Crime Writers' Association and by the Mystery Writers of America Both the lists were published in the nineties and feature some of the finest specimens of crime writing The lists can be found here LinkThe story is narrated by Rozat K Sabich aka Rusty chief deputy prosecutor of Kindle county who is also the protagonist The story begins with the murder of Carolyn another prosecuting attorney with whom Rusty had an affair and never got over his obsession of her Rusty gets the responsibility of investigating the crime but himself ends up getting accused of the murder and faces trialThe book features some really great court room scenes complex characters and portrays so many human emotions and frailties Illicit passion betrayal corruption dirty politics jealousy friendship paternal feelings family bonds everything finds a place in the story The author has also explained uite a few legal technicalities which makes it easier for the reader to understand some of the complexities of the trial The mystery is excellent and the very few would be able to guess the identity of the culpritRusty accustomed to putting criminals behind bars is now the accused and feels how is it to be on the other side He talks about his obsession with Carolyn his childhood his strained relationship with his wife his fear of missing out his son's childhood if he is sent to prison Some of his ramblings is actually a bit boring and do not fit in the storyThe author's use of the English language is impressive but somehow I felt at times it was not compatible with the character or the story eg a person who is a prosecutor not a poet facing a murder charge is unlikely to use phrases like doors and windows of my soul are thrown open to a fundamental gratitude It is my only criticism of the novelThe book is not just a thriller but Scott Turow's attempt to explore the intricacies of the human mind and he has done a commendable job I would recommend the book to lovers of legal thrillers murder mysteries psychological thrillers if heshe does not mind the ramblings of the protagonist

  2. Erin (from Long Island, NY) says:

    Now i get what all the praise is about If anything i enjoyed it than i had hoped even after reading its accolades I mean what else can i say? It deserves all it got imo it's still in a league of its own so many years great legal thrillers later But i do really want to recommend the audiobook The narrator was exceptional You could feel the tension It's a long 1 about 16 hours but i genuinely wasn't bored for a second I felt like i could close my eyes be IN that courtroom So good So smart If anything I'm actually in mourning now that its over I know i can't possibly expect the entire series to be this extraordinary but I'm still super excited that there's

  3. Manny says:

    I had this weird dream last night I was at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and here let me give you my reconstructionHILLARY CLINTON on podium in front of huge crowd And now our prosecutor is going to read out a list of indictments against my opponent Donald Trump I want you all to say whether you think he's innocent or GUILTYPROSECUTOR Thank you Hillary Let's get started Indictment one sexual assault Jill Harth recently accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in 1997 Do you think he's innocent or guilty?MAN IN CROWD Some parts of her story ring true but she's changed it a lot of timesWOMAN IN CROWD Yeah it's hard to know what's going onSECOND MAN IN CROWD And it's all hearsayPROSECUTOR So what do we think?CROWD Presumed innocentPROSECUTOR I can't hear youCROWD PRESUMED INNOCENTPROSECUTOR Thank you that's a great answer And now indictment two rape Katie Johnson in another recent deposition claimed that she was subject to extreme sexual and physical abuse by Donald J Trump and Jeffrey E Epstein including forcible rape during a four month time span when she was still only a minor of age 13 What do we think? Innocent or guilty?MAN IN CROWD This is hearsay tooWOMAN IN CROWD But she does have a witness Tiffany DoeSECOND MAN IN CROWD It could be politically motivated though Hard to tell All the same she should have her day in courtPROSECUTOR So what do we think?CROWD Presumed innocentPROSECUTOR I can't hear youCROWD PRESUMED INNOCENTPROSECUTOR You're all such terrific guys So indictment three fraud and racketeering Donald Trump's Trump University is the subject of several lawsuits including two class action suits filed in California and one filed in New York by then attorney general Eric Schneiderman The many petitioners claim that they were swindled out of sums of up to 60000 dollars in exchange for courses that were essentially worthless What do we think? Innocent or guilty?MAN IN CROWD You gotta admit there's a lot of evidenceWOMAN IN CROWD I read the playbook when the judge ruled that it could be released DisgustingSECOND MAN IN CROWD But let's not get ahead of ourselves I need to hear the other side before I make up my mind And hey caveat emptorPROSECUTOR So what do we want?CROWD Due processPROSECUTOR I can't hear youCROWD DUE PROCESSPROSECUTOR I still can't hear youCROWD DUE PROCESS A chant starts upOne two three fourWe must all respect the lawSix seven eight nineStay the right side of the lineHILLARY CLINTON Thank you thank you thank you See that's the America I'm fighting for A country where the rule of law is paramount where due process is respected and where everyone is presumed innocent until they're proven guilty Even Donald Trump

  4. S.P. Aruna says:

    First of all I was than surprised to find out that Turow came before Grisham This book was published in 1987 while Grisham's first novel A Time to Kill came out a year later and actually encouraged Grisham to embark on a writing career Presumed Innocent is a well crafted blend of mystery and legal thriller The plot has many twists and turns and the reader is empathizing with Rusty Sabich all the way It has great court room scenes sharp dialogue and good character development filled with all the saucy human emotions and foibles that fiction readers savor forbidden passion betrayal corruption nasty local politics and bitter jealousyDespite continuing on in his writing this debut novel probably remains as Turow's best

  5. Richard says:

    710An enjoyable legal thriller that really hits it stride in the courtroom and less so in the bits outside of the courtroom I thought it was an interesting and uite novel idea to set the first pages after the murder has occurred and then fill in the blanks as you go along A lot of back story was needed to get the reader up to speed and this is when things were a little slow and sometimes less interesting with the political campaign less absorbing but we know what is just around the cornerWhen the story gets into the courtroom the book was hard to put down The dialogue flowed with ease and there were many times when you were keen to just read that next chapter to find out what was going to happen instead of going to sleep Whilst the solution to the murder and side plots weren't all that great in the end it had some of the best courtroom interrogations I've read in a long time If only the whole story was as tight as those scenes this would have been much higher rated overall Worth a read if this is a genre you're interested inIf you enjoy this try The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

  6. Scott Rhee says:

    I met Scott Turow when he came to visit my college to promote Presumed Innocent which I thought was a great book at the time I haven't read it in almost 20 years Christ has it been that long since I was in college? but I remember some of the details in his writing that made him stand out from all the other best selling thriller writers out there most notably John Grisham Both of them were inevitably compared to each other because of their courtroom settings and knowledge of the legal profession but Turow was generally trying to do something different than Grisham It's Turow's details his naturalistic dialogue his attempts to flesh out minor characters his reflections into the darkness of the human condition that I appreciated from a writer's perspective and that I probably recall better than the actual plot which was if I recall correctly a seemingly run of the mill whodunnit

  7. Michael says:

    I recently re read this and it's still wonderful The writing is sharp and brooding and the plotting is superb

  8. Rob says:

    Book 1 of the Kindle County seriesFor the most part this was a well constructed courtroom thriller I say “for the most part” for there were aspects of the book that I had some problems with Much of the dialogue was written in the local vernacular which is all well and fine if the reader is conversant with the local vernacular but if not it was a bit like reading a foreign language at timesBut apart from that as I said earlier it’s a clever well constructed courtroom thrillerThe premise of the story is based on that old truism from a male point of view that is “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” You better believe itRusty Sabich is Kindle County’s deputy Public Prosecutor and he has been having a torrid affair with one of his female colleagues When the colleague turns up murdered and some circumstantial evidence seems to point at Rusty the new Chief Prosecutor has Rusty charge with the murderThe ensuing trial I found riveting Watching the defence team at work was uite something The use of verbal language body language and the addition of some theatrics all this put together makes for a highly entertaining read 35 stars rounded up to 4

  9. Aditya says:

    Presumed Innocent is the uintessential bestseller the prose is polished without having any personality or punch The mystery is interesting without outright flaws but it falls apart the you think about it The less you have read of the genre the you will enjoy it Rusty Sabich deputy DA is investigating the death of a female colleague while a heated DA election rages on Politics and forensics doom him as the major suspect and he had an affair with the deceased so he is soon on trial for murderThe pivotal trial scenes are the best part of the book Turow draws from his experience as a lawyer and makes them appear authentic without sacrificing any thrills Subtleties and undercurrents are as important as direct testimony The anecdotes about the criminal justice system are juicy and entertaining But the prose is dull explaining why Turow's first hit and biggest hit remains the same at the end of his career It reminded me of Michael Connelly characters and prose are dour but both of them have an encyclopedic knowledge about the procedural aspects of their works making them stand out among other authors with mediocre proseI recently read another famous 80s crime book The Black Dahlia it also had an extended prologue but it was devoid of pacing issues This however drags a lot till Rusty is accused A lot should have been edited out chief among them Rusty's conversation with his psychiatrist The shrink does not really talk the chapters are stream of consciousness style ramblings The smoking gun in the case is a clerical error that is slightly iffy plotting The ending still lands a few well concealed twistsCharacterization is inconsistent Turow tries very hard to not call the victim an outright slut but merely insinuates it throughout the book I found this forced political correctness pretty funny it was basically a form of you know I am not a racist but if my wallet is stolen I invariably blame the non white guy in the crowd The kicker being the black guy stole it or in this case she slept around for career advancement I admit my sense of humor is of the gallows variety Rusty also gets inexplicably sanctimonious at the end brought about by the belief most readers hate moral complexity in their protagonists It makes little sense within the narrative but no one went broke underestimating audience's intelligenceStructural problems are also present It is later revealed Rusty knew from the start who killed who We are in his head for 450 pages he describes furniture in excruciating detail but never lets it on who was the killer till the very end Again Rusty's lawyer Sandy Stern one of the better characters in the book keeps Rusty vague about the defense strategy I could not stomach the fact that a lawyer on trial for murder would not be hands on with his own legal team Both these issues exist because Turow wants to spring the surprises when he is good and ready The twists are good so the story works the storytelling however is contrived Presumed Innocent is a book of two halves the halves are not exactly eual The last one third is inspired combining different threads for a wonderful resolution The first two thirds are derivative and desultory and has its fair share of pacing problems A good ending means my overall impression of the book is better than the review suggests but I can't exactly excuse its pacing issues so 35 gets reduced for GR Rating 35

  10. Davyne DeSye says:

    This is a terrific murder mystery as well as being a fun legal thriller Having spent decades as a lawyer I often find that books featuring lawyers the law and courtroom scenes often contain errors – and this one doesn’t It completely messes with my suspension of disbelief if in legal fiction I end up thinking “That wouldn’t have been allowed”I picked this book up because I recently re watched the movie which I love and there was one area in the movie that – while not wrong or impossible – made me cock my head to one side and raise an eyebrow Hmm I thought I wonder if that’s Hollywood or the way it was written?Happily I enjoyed the book very much in addition to getting the answer to my uestion – Hollywood cut one very small scene which if included would have kept my eyebrow firmly in place but which honestly to anyone but a lawyer is really not needed The mystery even though I knew the answer was well played out the characters were fully fleshed out and the writing was smooth The author does a great job of keeping the legal aspects clear and understandable to the laymanIn this story Rusty Sabich is a prosecuting attorney When one of his colleagues Carolyn Polhemus is murdered he is put in charge of the investigation Rusty is torn professionally and personally by Carolyn’s death – because not too long before the murder they had had an affair Even worse every bit of evidence they have about the murderer is pointing to Rusty being the culprit Fantastic stuffI must say the Rusty character in the book is not uite the tower of strength Harrison Ford portrays in the movie but naturally the book is much richer in details of the different characters’ motivations and the legal process The movie does an excellent job of rendering the story but if you want to delve a little deeper this book will deliverHighly recommended to lovers of legal thrillersTrue rating 45 stars

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