Presumed Innocent


Presumed Innocent

Published by Grand Central Publishing, December 2000
Paperback, 512 pages, ISBN: 9780446676441

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.


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REVIEWS

Presumed Innocent is an achievement of a high order — with marvelous control and touch, an awesome capacity to assemble and dispense (and sometimes withhold) evidence, and a cast of characters who are dismayingly credible. Nobody who picks it up is going to lay it down lightly. —Wallace Stegner

After two days of non-stop reading I put down Scott Turow's novel feeling drained, exhilarated and sorry it was over. Presumed Innocent is one of the most enthralling novels I have read in a long, long time. Turow has created a world that makes everyday reality feel naive and mundane. —Pat Conroy

"Scott Turow's novel about a trial lawyer on trial captures the raised adrenaline, the gamesmanship and the sheer emotional impact of life in the courtroom with utter authenticity." —Vincent Bugliosi

"Presumed Innocent is compelling, from the opening page through the wonderfully twisted ending. The courtroom action, in particular, comes alive with a verisimilitude that one would expect from a former prosecutor." —John Katzenbach

"A grabber to the end… a mystery, a law-courtroom drama, a suspense story and more." —Cincinnati Post

"Replac{es} the usual array of cardboard motives with full-blooded, complex passions." —Newsweek

"This one will keep you up at nights, engrossed and charged with adrenaline." —People

"One of the most enthralling novels I have read in a long, long time." —Pat Conroy

"Captures the raised adrenaline, the gamesmanship and the sheer emotional impact of life in the courtroom with utter authenticity." —Vincent Bugliosi