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Oct 31, James Thane rated it liked it Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent has always been one of my favorite books, and I still think that it's the best legal thriller I've ever read. I've also enjoyed the novels that Turow has written since Presumed Innocent, but I approached this sequel with reservations.
I wasn't sure why Turow would resurrect these characters and attempt to write a sequel to a virtually perfect book. Why not leave well enough alone? In the end, I wish he would have. That is not to say that I didn't enjoy Innocent ; it Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent has always been one of my favorite books, and I still think that it's the best legal thriller I've ever read.
That is not to say that I didn't enjoy Innocent ; it's generally a good read, and if I had never read Presumed Innocent, I probably would have been perfectly content with the time I spent with the book. But I have read the first book I couldn't help comparing Innocent to the original virtually page-by-page, and the newer book constantly came up short.
In Presumed Innocent, Kindle County prosecutor Rusty Sabitch was accused of the brutal murder of a female colleague with whom he was having an affair.
Tommy Molto, another prosecutor, fanatically pursued the case against Sabitch in a book that grabs your attention from the first line and refuses to let go. The plot is brilliantly conceived with shocking twists and turns, all of which are totally plausible and convincing.
Now, twenty-two years later, Sabitch is an appellate judge and is running for election to the Illinois State Supreme Court when his wife suddenly dies under mysterious circumstances.
His old nemesis, Molto, is now acting prosecuting attorney, and his ambitious chief deputy goads Molto into pursuing murder charges against Rusty Sabitch once again.
The story is told from a variety of different viewpoints, principally those of Sabitch, Molto, and Rusty's son, Nat. As in the first case, Sabitch hires a brilliant attorney, Sandy Stern, to represent him, and the second half of the book focuses on Rusty's trial.
In this case, though, the tension is not as high as in the first book, and the courtroom scenes, while gripping at times, lack the spark of the first case. In the first case, the protagonists on both sides seemed to be caught up in a life and death struggle with everything on the line.
Here they seem to be going through the motions, as if they don't have nearly as much at stake. My real problem with this book, though, is that at the beginning Sabitch does two incredibly stupid things, which seem totally out of character for someone as smart as he is, and especially for someone who has previously been tried by fire.
To be sure, if he doesn't do these things, there is no story here. But still, I couldn't help feeling throughout the book that the whole plot rested on the shakiest of foundations, and it never grabbed me the way that Presumed Innocent did.
In fairness, few books have ever grabbed me as Presumed Innocent did and, as I suggested above, had I never read the first book, I would probably have been perfectly content with this one which, for all its faults, is still better than a lot of other legal thrillers that one might read.
But Innocent attempts to stand on the shoulders of one of the best books I've ever read.
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