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Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

Presumed Innocent (original 1987; edition 2011)

by Scott Turow

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Title:Presumed Innocent
Authors:Scott Turow (Author)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2011), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 496 pages
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:Fiction, contemporary, American, legal thriller

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Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow (1987)

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good mystery, lawyer, PA Rusty accused killikng other PA Carolyn

Rusty Sabich is chief deputy prosecuting attorney in a large mid-western city. His boss is in the midst of a bitter campaign for re-election. A fellow prosecuting attorney, Carolyn Polhemus, has been brutally murdered. Rusty is handling the investigation-- and he needs results.

Before election day.

Before his illicit affair with Carolyn is uncovered.

Election day brings a new prosecuting attorney into office. A political enemy who wants Rusty out. A man whose own secret investigation has revealed Rusty's relationship with Carolyn. A man who takes Rusty off the case-- and charges him with murder. Rusty now faces a long battle in court. Each side will twist the evidence to win its case, and try any procedural ploy, any courtroom trick that might ensure victory. Rusty's ordeal will uncover corruption, deceit, depravity and incompetence-- and keep you spellbound. Who did kill Carolyn Polhemus?
  christinejoseph | Sep 14, 2015 |
I read it so long ago I can't remember what decade it was. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
I picked this book up at Goodwill because it looked interesting. I wasn't disappointed. I found myself through out the whole book trying to figure out who would frame the Deputy PA Rusty Sabich. That is one thing I love about reading mysteries, trying to figure out who did it before I reach the end. I will say I kept speculating and that the final answer wasn't a total surprise. I was surprised but not like I would never have guessed. I thought it but just didn't want to believe it.

I loved all the characters in the book and yet I hated them at times. You have lawyers; both defense and prosecuting attorneys, cops, and judges. The personalities were interesting and fun to read. You have Carolyn Polhemus who has been murdered and worked in the PA's office. You have Rusty Sabich that has been charged with her murder. Just reading the beginning and all the evidence that keeps piling up makes you think did he do it, is he ever going to figure out that everything points to him. I sometimes felt that Rusty was surprised by all the evidence and just thinking it was coincidence for his prints to be in her apartment and other things.

I will definitely remember this book for awhile. ( )
  crazy4reading | Jun 11, 2015 |
Unintelligible. ( )
  ReneeGKC | May 6, 2015 |
3.5 stars
From page one I was drawn into this "who done it" and it kept me guessing all the way to the end. The characters were real and exceptionally well-written. Not your stereotypical crime novel.
The first part of the book contains the set-up and back ground of the crime. The narrator, Rusty Sabich, is deputy prosecutor and chief investigator of the murder of Carolyn Polemus, a presecutor on his staff. Rusty and Carolyn have been in a relationship that was ended by Carolyn. It is this fact that steers us to the crux of the entire second part of the book.
In part two, Rusty is indicted and tried for Carolyn's murder. It moves through the entire trial and opens up the world of politics in the justice system. It's a pretty thorough indictment of what goes on behind the scenes and not so behind the scenes. It's frustrating to the core.
I typically have a hard time with crime fiction because I find it too formulaic, or far-fetched, or the coincidences too easy, the characters too stereotypical, or the entire wrap up too neat and tidy. This one didn't play into any of that.
My favorite character actually ended up being Carolyn, the victim. There was a lot about her not to like but she was a strong female character, living in a man's world, and she was well-written. ( )
  tnociti | Mar 7, 2015 |
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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 ot 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.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446359866, Mass Market Paperback)

Scott Turow's #1 runaway bestseller comes to theaters everywhere as a major motion picture from Warner Bros., starring Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raul Julia, and Bonnie Bedelia, directed by Alan Pakula, best known for his award-winning work in "Klute".

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"In its portrayal of one man's ordeal, ... raises serious questions about our legal system, about its casual corruptions and inequities, about the public and private motivations which often determine matters of life and death."--Houston Post.

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