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Pleading Guilty (Kindle County Legal Thriller #3)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  5,879 Ratings  ·  188 Reviews
Mack Malloy is a partner in one of Kindle County's top law firms. An ex-cop who joined the firm on a wave of enthusiasm and optimism, he now feels himself to be on the way down, and possibly out. Bert Kamin, gifted, erratic and combative, is one of the firm's star litigators and he has disappeared.
Published January 1st 2001 by Twtp Assorted (first published January 1st 1993)
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Oct 13, 2009 Lobstergirl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kindling collectors
I really did try to read this terrible book. I have a rule, I can't remember whether it's the 50-page rule or the 100-page rule, but the point is, it's a rule, and I live by it: reach that page and you are committed, like the Clintons' marriage. You do not abandon ship! So for me to drop this book at p. 154 should tell you something. What it should tell you is that I had reached the point in the book where the potbellied, 50-something blue-collar lawyer Mack has gone to the apartment of his host ...more
Mare Kinley
Yeah. This book did not thrill me. I liked the cover art. I generally like Scott Turow. I hated--let me be clear--hated the narrative voice. It seemed sloppy, tired, drafty (as in 2nd draft). While I know that this was intended to be an epistolary letters-to-no-one narration, it still didn't work for me. I have read many, many books with this premise, and, in general, I like the style. While I can't quite put my finger on exactly why it didn't work here, there is no question in my mind that it d ...more
Michelle Bell
May 27, 2013 Michelle Bell rated it did not like it
I am SHOCKED that this book has a rating of 3.71. It is one of the worst books I've ever read. The only thing that keeps it from being the absolute worst is that the premise of the book was interesting (before it was ruined with stilted writing and an all-too-obvious attempt to use as many big words as possible in a failed effort to make the author seem smarter than he is) and I am personally obsessed with trying to see if I can figure out who actually "did it." It's also the first time I have e ...more
Henri Moreaux
The story of a law firm struggling with a case corporate embezzlement and a missing lawyer.

The interesting sounding scenario of the blurb quickly devolves into a plodding, slow and methodical story line written in the form of dictated notes by the protagonist.

Whilst being duller than a room with no lights on it does manage to at least achieve a willingness for the reader to see how the story ends, but provides very little else.

It's not 1 star crap, but 2 stars is rather optimistic.
Jason Radak
Jun 23, 2012 Jason Radak rated it really liked it
I just read this book for the second time. I was always remembered the narrator with questionable morals, and wanted a refresher on how this feat is achieved. Upon the reread, however, I noticed a lot that I didn't remember from the nineties, such as the foretelling of corporate omnipotence, and the completely inaccurate conclusions Mack comes to during his investigation. Wonderful book.
Jul 24, 2014 Pat rated it it was ok
Depressed law firm partner searches for another missing partner who is mixed up with fixing basketball games, homosexuality and a $6 million fake payment.
Complicated. Just OK.
Larry Bassett
I’m not exactly racing through this Kindle County series. This is the third in the series. I read number two seven months ago! Pleading Guilty was published twenty years ago. So you can see that it took me a while to get to it.

Mack Malloy is a lawyer at the Gage & Griswell law office. Maybe low man on the totem pole even though he has been there twenty years. The daytime life of the firm “is devoted to making the world safe for airlines, banks and insurance companies.” Mack will tell you: “W
Jul 19, 2010 Margaret rated it it was ok
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Petie McCarty
Sep 11, 2012 Petie McCarty rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh! My first Scott Turow novel and WOW. Awesome book! His incredible metaphors [the absolute BEST part] make you hoot out loud with laughter or nod your head in total agreement with the philosophical bent few have the guts to express aloud. He takes a down-on-his-luck and almost at times pitiable hero and still makes you want to root for him...makes you want to know him. Mr. Turow has the acerbic wit of Nelson DeMille's John Corey novels, and I will for sure be reading his other novels. ...more
Jul 11, 2009 Marlene rated it really liked it
I'm not sure how much this had to do with law, but I thought it had a lot to do with human nature. The style of writing was a bit different and might be a turn off for some people because it is not the norm. For me, that made it a bit more interesting. Things kept changing as you went along in the book. The who and why was a constant mystery. Not really a constant mystery in that you thought you knew, but you didn't.
I have loved all of Scott Turow's books, particularly Presumed Innocent. This one was so out of character. Not a thriller. I kept thinking something intriguing would happen but not. The main character was rather interesting but I ultimately got tired of his shallowness. Great writing but that was the only thing that got me to the end of the book.
Robert Barone
Jul 01, 2017 Robert Barone rated it did not like it
was a tough read. a couple of times I thought of ending my pain but was able to finish it.
Andy Miller
This is the 3rd Scott Turow novel in his Kindle County series and the venue shifts from a criminal justice focus in the first two novels to the politics and finance of a big city law firm representing top corporate clients
As in his other novels, Turow makes his characters come alive, it's as if he is writing about people you know. The narrator, Mack, is a former cop and recovering alcoholic who is a partner at Gage and Crisell who is in a downward professional spiral while navigates custody issu
Dec 30, 2014 Grant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that I liked Turows other books much better, but I enjoy reading him. In this book, Jake and our main man, the 'first person', Mack Mallow, grew up together and as the story unfolds of their great relationship in the law field and personal lives, it comes out that Mack really hates the weak Jake. The law firm of the airline co. TN is headed by three partners who run different spheres of the firm, G and G. When 5.6 MM bucks is found missing, all eyes are on Bert, a partner, and Mack, who ...more
Oct 14, 2015 AnonymousReaderPerson rated it it was ok
There's no denying that Turow is a tremendous rhetorician. And I usually enjoy reading the words of a tremendous rhetorician...As long as they don't get in the way of getting to what HAPPENS.

This one could slice 30-40% of the words, and I'd at least consider it decent. But it's telling when the only thing you like about a story is the very thing that kept you from really enjoying it. I read somewhere where Turow was referred to as a "bard," and that alone is worth a star or two. His words really
Feb 19, 2013 Jaime rated it did not like it
This book gave me the slightly unclean feeling I used to get whenever as a kid I hung out with the bad kids my mom told me to stay away from. I kept trying to give the narrator a chance despite, or initially because of, his sad backstory and lack of ambition or self-esteem. But when you throw in that the narrator is also really dumb, I'm out, 100 pages or so in. Best of luck, Mack, and for God's sake, brush your teeth or shave or something.
Brian T
Darkly intriguing plot which breaks from the traditional thriller formula. Populated with interesting, colorful characters who are neither good nor evil, but human - with real human flaws. Great use of language more than makes up for the frequent backstory dumps. A bold and highly satisfying ending. Great read!
Sep 27, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it
I love love love Scott Turow and his ability to tell a story, and to keep you guessing long after other writers in the genre have given away the punch line. Better yet is his ability to weave some interesting life's observations into this great story-telling.
Una Tiers
Jun 16, 2014 Una Tiers rated it it was ok
Disappointing even for a stream of consciousness work.
Robin Donovan
Feb 05, 2012 Robin Donovan rated it it was amazing
Turow writes beautifully. His characters are complex and believable. His plot lines are fascinating and he leaves no red herrings to annoy the reader.
Lynn Kay Vogt
Jun 05, 2009 Lynn Kay Vogt rated it really liked it
A great twist in legal suspense. Another book where you think you have it figured out and then it throws you into a completely different place.
Aug 09, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Very interesting ending.
Ruth Shehigian
Oct 18, 2012 Ruth Shehigian rated it it was amazing
Unbelievably well written. Impossible to guess the outcome with so much intrigue I was giddy. Outstanding
Jan 27, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
Good character development, plot, and story telling. A good read.
Tom Grace
Nov 10, 2012 Tom Grace rated it it was amazing
Another great Scott Turow book. Everything he writes is first class.
This was just okay for me. Definitely not as good as his earlier works.
Thom Dunn
Lobstergirl is on page 127 (Dec 16, 2009) and is "really hating this".
Cassandra Claiborne

I like Scott Turow, and was surprised with the main character Mack Malloy! I was also surprised with the ending. I think a reader will like how Mr. Turow makes the characters come alive; they are like people you know and work with.
May 06, 2017 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: listened
Not my favorite style of Turow book. In this one, he channels the bad guys on both sides of the law. The plotting is, as always, masterful. But the unappealing characters and tough talk detract for me.
Laura Sheffield
I don't know...I just got bored. I still have it and think about trying again. I will update you if I do. The book came highly recommended from a friend who is an ultra-marathon-avid reader.
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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 more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has fre ...more
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  • The Laws Of Our Fathers (Kindle County, #4)
  • Personal Injuries (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #5)
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  • Limitations (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #7)
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