It's gray, gritty early spring in the midsize Mid-western city that is the setting for Scott Turow's spellbinding book, already widely hailed as the most brilliant novel about lawyers and the law to appear in many years.
Rusty Sabich, Kindle County's longtime chief deputy prosecutor, has been asked to investigate the rape and murder of one of his colleagues. Carolyn Polhernus was strong, sensuous, and magnetic; she was also clearly ambitious and quite possibly unscrupulous. Her murder has been an embarrassment to Rusty's boss, Raymond Horgan, who is facing a serious challenge in the upcoming election and who looks to Rusty for a fast solution to the case that will help save him politically. What Horgan doesn't know is that, only a few months before she was murdered, Carolyn Polhemus and Rusty Sabich were lovers.
Rusty is a passionate, brooding, fundamentally lonely man. As he nears forty, both his marriage and his career seem to be stagnating. His feelings are focused on his love for his son, Nat, and his desperate, enduring fantasies about Carolyn, who had abruptly ended their affair six months ago. Rusty's investigation allows him to indulge relentlessly in his obsession, but he apparently makes little progress in finding the killer. Then, when Horgan loses the election, Rusty suddenly, incredibly, finds himself accused of Carolyn's murder.
New York Times critic Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, reviewing One L, Scott Turow's "wonderful" account of his first year at law school, wrote that he "read the book as if it were the most absorbing of thrillers, losing track of the time I spent with it and resenting the hours I had to be away from it." Presumed Innocent has had precisely the same effect on everyone who has read it in manuscript. It is a supremely suspenseful and compelling novel; but beyond the powerful tensions and reverberations of its plot, Scott Turow's book holds the reader because of the fullness and reality of the world he has created. Few novels about the law have revealed its inner workings, its psychology and drama and logic, with such verisimilitude and intelligence, or have brought to life such rich and memorable characters. The world of Kindle County is a world of subtle moral shadings and fierce, conflicting loyalties, where the truth is generally cloudy and guilt is a close-to-universal burden. It is a world that bears a striking resemblance to our own, and it will haunt the reader long after the central mystery of Scott Turow's masterful novel has been solved
This 'insider' book by a Chicago lawyer was one of the great novels of the 1980s, and a huge international bestseller as well as a successful film starring Harrison Ford. It's a supremely suspenseful and compelling courtroom drama about ambition, weakness, hypocrisy and American justice.
'Impossible to put down.' Evening Standard
The ultimate thriller – with a killer twist.
One thing is certain: if you start Presumed Innocent you will finish it – it grips like an octopus, and Scott Turow unwinds the plot with brilliant cat-and-mouse meanness.' Sunday Times
'A riveting performance.' Observer
If you start Presumed Innocent you will finish it - it grips like an octopus, and Turow unwinds the plot with brilliant cat-and-mouse meanness Sunday Times Phenomenal... a powerful study of ambition, weakness, hypocrisy and American 'justice' Sunday Express Impossible to put down Evening Standard A riveting performance Observer Politics, sex and death. Who could ask for anything more? Washington Post
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 28th April 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.4 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 19.5
Edition Number: 1