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Pleading Guilty (Kindle County Legal Thriller #3)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  4,656 ratings  ·  129 reviews
The star litigator from a top-notch law firm has gone missing , along with 5.6 million dollars from a class-action settlement, and "Mack" Malloy, a foul-mouthed ex-cop and partner-on-the-wane must find both. Immediately. Turow’s third novel takes us back to Kindle County, where skies are generally gray and the truth is seldom simple, in an edge-of-the-chair story rife with ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published January 1st 1993)
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Dec 16, 2009 Lobstergirl rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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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
Petie McCarty
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
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.
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.
Jason Radak
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.
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.
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.
Michelle Bell
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
Una Tiers
Disappointing even for a stream of consciousness work.
I feel terrible to have a book that I didn't like as much as I didn't like this book. Mr. Turrow spent time sitting down and writing this, however this book had so many different things going on, there were a lot of different stories happening kind of within the plat. Usually that is good, because it makes you think about who did it and why. This was hard to follow. There was so much legal mumbo jumbo and people that it was soooo hard to follow. Since I had invested so much time in this book I f ...more
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
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!
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.
Robin Donovan
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
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.
Ruth Shehigian
Unbelievably well written. Impossible to guess the outcome with so much intrigue I was giddy. Outstanding
Thom Dunn
Lobstergirl is on page 127 (Dec 16, 2009) and is "really hating this".
Tom Grace
Another great Scott Turow book. Everything he writes is first class.
Good character development, plot, and story telling. A good read.
Very interesting ending.
The core idea seems great, a corporate conspiracy and cover up to evaporate five millon dolars related to the litigation business of a law firm (G&G) associated to its most important client, TN, a giant conglomerate with assets in jetliners, hotels and tourism, that had gotten involved in a lawsuit with a class action involving millions of dollars after an air crash, that money was part of the payment for the settlement to the families of the victims of the accide
This is my fourth Turow novel to read, and while there is a lot that I like about it, it is probably my least favorite. I should admit a bias from the start, though, as I am a criminal defense attorney, and I have never been particularly intrigued by the malicious internal politics of high-powered civil law firms. I also have a peculiar love for the way Turow writes courtroom scenes, and this novel stays out of court entirely (only flirting with the idea briefly in a disciplinary hearing).

The st
I think I was the only person in my entire law school who had never read "1L" - in fact, I'd never heard of "1L" until partway through my 1L year. People spoke of it in revered terms, almost as if it were scripture. Of course they knew it wasn't particularly special, but it was that one bond that all lawyers shared - except for me. Maybe I had a 1L year, but I had no interest in reading about somebody else's experiences, particularly as my own were interesting enough. It may have motivated some ...more
This is book three of the Kindle County series. The characters sometimes cross each other in different books, or get some sort of mention. This book appears to have nothing in common with the other books in the series.

In this book, one of the partners of the law firm is accused of absconding with over $5 million of the firms fund for paying claims to victims of an airplane crash.

I kind of hoped the book would end differently than it did.
Kevin Allmaras
I seem to have trouble making up my mind when it comes to this author. I like his novels but I am not overwhelmed. They are well written and I can see how people are drawn to the characters. The stories seem to plod on for me a little bit and I can't figure out why. This story starts out with a lawyer in somewhat of a downward spiral at his firm. Mack Malloy finds himself assigned to find a friend and fellow missing attorney Bert Kamin. Who the partners think ran off with a settlement fund from ...more
3 is a stretch for this one for me. I'm three books into the Kindle County series. The first was great, second was disappointing, and this one missed the mark. It had the potential to be good, but I felt it was all over the place and I never really liked Mack. He came across as a jackass with a woe is me, but screw you, attitude.
Stephanie Buck
Pleading Guilty by Scott Turow is a legal thriller that begins with a middle aged, cop-turned-lawyer being assigned to find a missing partner who is suspected of stealing millions of dollars from the law firm. Through many twists with nearly every character implicated in the theft at one point or another the truth is revealed.
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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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Kindle County Legal Thriller (9 books)
  • Presumed Innocent (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #1)
  • The Burden of Proof (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #2)
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  • Personal Injuries (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #5)
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