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Innocent (Kindle County Legal Thriller #8)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  9,292 ratings  ·  1,028 reviews
The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark bestseller Presumed Innocent, INNOCENT continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, twenty years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.
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Published May 4th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published December 31st 2005)
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James Thane
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
I used to love Turow's legal thrillers — but either my taste has changed or Turow's writing has. I just got bored. Of course, it doesn't help that I've got seven or eight other books sitting on the bedside table and I'm thinking about the trip I'm about to leave on...

Did Turow's characters spend so much time in his earlier books staring into their navels and thinking about themselves? The lead character here gets all of his chapters written in the first person, and he has an incredibly dull inne
At some point we’re all going to have to agree on a statute of limitation on spoilers. When is it fair game to give away an ending? Because Presumed Innocent was published in 1988 and a pretty popular movie version with Harrison Ford came out in 1990. It’s almost impossible to summarize the sequel Innocent without giving at least some of the first one away. On the other hand, you’ve had 20 years to read the book or see the movie. Don’t blame me for your laziness.

So in the interest of going spoil
Rarely is a sequel equal to the original. Innocent takes place 20 years after "Presumed Innocent" and, while it can be read alone, is much better if you read "Presumed Innocent" first.

Scott Turow pulls off the difficult task of telling the story from various viewpoints in the present tense. In addition to a good mystery, he captures the issues, physical and mental, of those of us passing sixty.

While he may not have invented the legal thriller, Scott Turow certainly helped usher in the era of the legal thriller twenty years ago with his best-seller "Presumed Innocent." And while Turow has revisited some of the supporting characters of "Presumed Innocent" in his subsequent novels, he's always avoided a direct sequel to the book that put him and the legal thriller on the map.

Until now.

I'll have to admit I was dubious about "Innocent." I've been burned too often by sequels written years
My recollection of the 1987 blockbuster Presumed Innocent was being totally thrown off guard by the resolution of that wonderful legal thriller/murder mystery. I loved it. And now Scott Turow is back among those same Kindle County characters 20 years later in Innocent. And wouldn't you know it, he had me guessing and kept surprises hidden all over again as there may or may not have been a murder, a suicide, a conspiracy, a love triangle and/or a psychological chess game. It's another smart plot, ...more
Do you ever wonder why you pick up a book? I had put Innocent on my list when it was first published. I had really liked Presumed Innocent when I read it in the 80's. The more I thought about it the more reluctant I became to read this sequel. I think I worried it would ruin my love of the first. Did I really care what happened to Rusty Sabich? Cheez, that was twenty years ago. As fate would have it while visiting our library, there was the audiobook, staring me smack in the face and I needed so ...more
I know this review is too long, but it is free of spoilers.

I read Scott Turow’s debut novel, Presumed Innocent about ten or twelve years ago, after watching the movie on DVD. I was impressed with Turow’s writing. I found him both intelligent and stylish. At times, I wasn’t too fond of the book’s protagonist, Rozak K. “Rusty” Sabich, and I was thoroughly disgusted by his wife, Barbara, but I did find Rusty a fascinating character. In Presumed Innocent, Rusty seemed a little too passive for a man
Patrick C.
May 10, 2010 Patrick C. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Scott Turow visits his main characters (Rusty and Barbara Sabich, Tommy Molto, Sandy Stern) from "Presumed Innocent twenty five years later in another excellent novel from our best writer of "legal thrillers". And he adds in new characters that enrich the landscape.

I have always really enjoyed his well-drawn characters, first-rate prose and the quality of his storytelling. This book is a double reward for long time fans like myself, as his already rich and complex characters have lived a quarter
Jay Connor
Maybe this is the best way to do a sequel! Wait two decades. Though Linda Greenlaw's "Seaworthy" (reviewed here last month) was only a decade after "Hungry Ocean," whereas "Innocent" is the two decade removed follow-up to Turow's powerful fictional premiere - "Presumed Innocent" - both share a maturity and life-worthy POV that sets them apart from the deluge of tag-along stories from lesser authors.

"Innocent" is a wonderful, and better that the first, successor to "Presumed Innocent." (Remember
Brian Bess
My initial thought when I heard that Scott Turow had written a sequel to his breakthrough novel, Presumed Innocent, was that he must have run out of new ideas or sales had dropped for his recent novels and he needed a low risk hit i.e. a sequel to his most famous and successful novel. The setup is similar—now a district judge, Rusty Sabich is implicated in the murder of another woman with whom he shared a romantic bond—in this case, his own wife. Rusty has the clearest motive for murder, when th ...more
This courtroom pyschological drama involves sixty-year-old Rusty Sabich, a chief judge of the appellate court, fighting to beat the homicide charge of doing in his bipolar but brilliant wife Barbara. The intrigue is thickened by infidelity, evidence-tampering, ambitious prosecutors, and family secrets. The brisk back-and-forth in the courtroom scenes were the most entertaining parts for me. Judge Rusty emerges as a flawed, complex man, and I was never quite sure if I liked him or not. At any rat ...more
A meticulously written legal thriller that keep me flipping the pages and pay close attention to each and every details written so that I don't miss anything. A superb and brilliant novel.
This book was intriguing at first but by the end I was just wanting to know how Barbara Sabich died. I felt like Turow was trying to put so many twists in the plot that after a while I didn't care anymore. I just wanted the book to end.

Having not read the previous book, I think I might've been more upset that Rusty Sabich wasn't convicted of murder-- even though he didn't kill his wife. I felt like his infidelity and such didn't help Barbara's decision to overdose. What was most upsetting was wh
Mary Lou
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I was looking forward to reading this book. Thank God I picked it up from the library. It actually belongs in garage sales. Not only is this book so boring and dull, it's an insult to mystery readers. There isn't even one character likeable. When I started the book I thought it would pick up. Nope. It was page after page of dribble. Turow did give us the gift of Nat, all grown up and studying law. He's written as "gorgeous" and "intelligent", however, he's a blubbering idiot. The man sobs at eve ...more
Moira Russell
Given some of the reviews, I was hoping there was a little Presumed Innocent magic in this, but no. It was just awful. The great strength of Turow's first novel was he somehow pulled off writing in the first person from the point of view of someone who might have committed a murder, and kept it up all the way through. This bounces between a lot of POVs and is just a muddled mess.
I didn't actually finish this book. As much as I liked Presumed Innocent, I disliked this book from the day I started reading it, and decided it was a lame, unbelievable attempt to recreate a book he had already written.
Todd Cannon
I am have not been as good at keeping up with Turow's books as I have other authors that I like. I discovered this book when I was looking for another one that came out more recently. I did enjoy Presumed Innocent so I was eager to read this sequel 20 years later. (The book takes place 20 years after Presumed Innocent and it has been about 20 years since I read it as well.)

I might have rated this one higher except that the gist of the book is Rusty Sabich having another affair and getting tried
This is a book where Turow does not really play to his strengths, but I was fascinated and entertained anyway. The reason I love Turow, especially Presumed Innocent (of which this book is a sequel), is that he creates courtroom drama that is more interesting than anything in the real world but still close enough to be plausible. This book does involve a trial, and it's one with some subtle maneuvering by all of the main characters, and there's a stomach-dropping cliffhanger at one point, but on ...more
Andy Miller
This is a great read. There is a lot of suspense, great character development, and the courtroom scenes and trial strategies are as interesting to the lay person as they are convincing to an experienced trial lawyer.

This is a better read if you remember the key points from Presumed Innocent. In fact, from reading Innocent, you wouldn't know who the real killer was in Presumed Innocent or why the DNA in the earlier murder matches Rusty Sabich. And both are important things to know when you read I
Rusty Sabich has had an impressive career: As a Prosecuting Attorney and as an Appellate Court Judge. On the horizon is a run for the State Supreme Court.

But his personal life has been less than stellar, and twenty years ago, he was prosecuted for the murder of a colleague with whom he had an affair. He was acquitted, but some--especially his rival Tommy Molto, who prosecuted him--believe that he "got away with murder."

Now, on the cusp of his proud new career move, Rusty's wife Barbara is found
Mark Stevens
For me, "Innocent" left me flat, ho-hum, slightly mystified.

There is so much to like here. You have to accept the major contrivance, that Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto would again go toe-to-toe in the courtroom. Okay, I'll buy in. Who doesn't want to see a re-match? Turow's writing is so clear, so assured and compelling enough to tug you along. Turow's details about the legal system are a big contributor to the overall way the book resonates.

But so much of the story depends on two fairly dull t
Twenty years after being tried for the murder of his lover, Carolyn Polhemus, Rusty Sabich is back – still looking for love in the wrong places, and making all the wrong moves. Scott Turow is in fine form once again, and delivers another sure-fire page turner. I really enjoyed this book, although probably not as much as the earlier Presumed Innocent. That one really hit me hard, but Innocent has a lot going for it, too. It’s interesting to see what’s happened to several of the characters from th ...more
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I went into this book, not knowing much about it or about its predecessor Presumed Innocent. I have gotten some raved reviews on both books and that made me eager to read (or rather listen) to my copy of Innocent. Innocent was an excellent read. I can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner. Though this was an audio book, it had me gripped with suspense from beginning to end.

I have to take back all my whining about starting half way in the series since Innocent could easily stand on its own. There wer
It is 20 years after Presumed Innocent (in reality as well as within the realm of this book) and Rusty Sabich is again accused of murder (this time of his wife) by Tommy Molto. Using multiple narrators including Rusty's son Nat, his lover Anna, Rusty, and Tommy, helps keeps us guessing about exactly who has done what, who knows what, and how this will play out. Mr. Turow does a good job of reminding us readers about the broad strokes of Presumed Innocent without it being too pendantic or bogging ...more
Valerie Stocking
When my friend loaned me this book, she asked me if I remembered "Presumed Innocent." I had read it 20 years ago, so I said, "Very vaguely." She said, "You will. It will all come back to you." Now, I read a lot of books, and I really didn't expect to remember much about one I'd read over two decades ago. But believe it or not, it did come back! The characters, the plot, everything.

As the story opens, 20 years have passed since Tommy Molto unsuccessfully prosecuted Rusty Sabich for murdering his
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
A full review was first posted to my blog:

I did not read "Presumed Innocent", the prequel to this book.

BUT I didn't need to to enjoy THIS story. Although there are references to the history between Rusty Sabich (the judge whose wife Barbara is found dead in her bed at the beginning of the book) and Tommy Molto (the PA [prosecuting attorney:] who prosecuted Rusty in "Presumed Innocent"), they are important in THIS book only in how these two interplay.

Richard Ward
May 21, 2015 Richard Ward rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of legal thrillers.
23 years after Presumed Innocent, and Rusty Sabich has not learned the lessons readers thought he learned the hard way back then. His bad behavior has once again led to his being accused of the murder of a woman, this time after his wife dies in her sleep. For me, too much of the book was given to legal thriller cliches. Yet I still enjoyed the novel. The whodunit puzzle can't match the one in Presumed Innocent, but it still fooled me. For fans of the genre only, I think.
Innocent by Scott Turow.

The suspenseful cross examination of Sabich by Motto for the murder of his wife is reason enough to read this book. The follow-up to Presumed Innocent. Excellently written, the author takes us on a journey of long past secrets revealed to a now adult child of the victim and (possible) murderer...his father.

This book, listened to on CD, has brought me into the world of Scott Turow/author. Narrators include: Edward Herrmann & Orlagh Cassidy.
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Scott F. Turow is an American author and a practicing lawyer. Turow has written eight fiction and two nonfiction books, which have been translated into over 20 languages and have sold over 25 million copies. Movies have been based on several of his books.

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