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Identical (Kindle County Legal Thriller #9)

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IDENTICAL, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins Paul and Cass Giannis and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The novel focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading ...more
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2013)
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Dec 01, 2013 Valerie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fluff, mystery
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Amanda Patterson
Sep 03, 2013 Amanda Patterson rated it it was ok
I wanted to like 'Identical'. I was a Scott Turow fan when 'Presumed Innocent' was released but I read his next novels with a set of mixed emotions. I always felt he was trying too hard after the phenomenal success of his first book.
'Identical' is no different. It's as if he's forgotten the art of good story-telling. He concentrates on so many characters and twists and turns that I was more bewildered than enthralled.
In Identical, Turow tells the story of twins involved in a 26-year-old murder
Tucker Elliot
Oct 20, 2013 Tucker Elliot rated it it was amazing
“People see what they want to”

There’s a point in IDENTICAL where author Scott Turow essentially offers the main theme of the book through one of his characters when he writes: “People see what they want to.” I think that’s true about the BOOKLIST review that's posted on the Amazon page as well – the reviewer states that IDENTICAL is “a strained reworking of the [innocence] theme,” “a disappointment,” that “much of this book is weighed down by unnecessary accounts of characters’ lives,” and “Turo
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Did Scott Turow REALLY write this book!?! Where is the easy storyteller that whispers in my ear when I read Turow? AND WHERE IS SANDY STERN????????

I really wanted to like Identical, but it was just plain awful. The book structure was really bad and I felt nothing for the characters, except for Tim and Evon. I kept reading this god awful novel just to see what happened to them.

I read an excerpt of Innocent, and immediately saw the Scott Turow I came to know and love years ago. I should have read
Patrice Hoffman
Sep 15, 2013 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it
Scott Turow's latest Identical is definitely the must-read legal thriller of the year. Although thriller doesn't seem fair since it isn't really thrilling in the usual sense but there's a mystery just as well that's needed to be solved. Turow's most famous work Presumed Innocent has probably made him an abundance of loyal fans who will buy this book just for his namesake, but the plus is that it's also satisfyingly written.

Paul and Cass Gianis (a play on the names in the Greek myth Pollux and C
Jun 29, 2016 David rated it really liked it
From the beginning, it was clear that Cass had killed his girlfriend, Diti. After all, he confessed his murder to the police. But Diti's brother, Hal, always thought that Cass' identical brother, Paul, had something to do with it. Twenty-five years later, when Cass was released from prison, the story really begins. Since at this time Paul was running for mayor, and Hal was very rich, Hal sponsored an advertisement blitz, accusing Paul of "something". And, it would be very difficult for Paul to p ...more
Jay Connor
Oct 29, 2013 Jay Connor rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed each of Scott Turow’s nine novels, starting with “Presumed Innocent.” He and John Grisham have had parallel careers for me. Both of their first novels – “A Time to Kill” for Grisham – were published in 1989. Both were practicing attorneys who were drafting their first novels during breaks in court appearances and at night and weekends. Both are excellent storytellers – Turow is perhaps the better plot master, Grisham the better definer of character. The main difference is output. ...more
Una Tiers
Oct 05, 2013 Una Tiers rated it really liked it
A slow start, with confusing sections that developed into a great plot, but was spoiled a tad by trying too hard. This afternoon I will have to attend PA plot addicts anonymous.
Oct 26, 2013 Jill rated it liked it
Scott Turow has written another convoluted mystery set in fictional Kindle County, somewhere in the Midwest. Most of the narrative takes place in 2008, but the plot revolves around a murder of a beautiful young girl in 1982. Two of the main characters are brothers - identical twins, one of whom, Cass, had been the victim’s boyfriend and who has just been released from prison after serving 25 years for the murder. Meanwhile, the other brother, Paul, has become a very successful lawyer who is now ...more
Oct 15, 2013 Cynthia rated it really liked it
Courtroom drama and medical forensics
Two men, identical twins, one goes to jail at age 25 for the murder of his sweetheart. His brother becomes a respected attorney and a politician. This is a courtroom drama intermixed with medical forensics pertaining to twins' DNA. Can they be distinguished with any certainty? Turow also dances around faulty police work and the influence the rich and famous can bring to a case. Turow also looks at identity as a more general concept. Who one identifies with an
Liz Barnsley
Mar 28, 2014 Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy.

Two families entangled in a long and complex history of love and deceit . . Twenty five years ago, after a society picnic held by businessman and politician Zeus Kronon, Zeus’ headstrong daughter Dita was found murdered. Her boyfriend, Cass Gianis, confessed to the crime.Now Cass has been released from prison into the care of his twin, Mayoral candidate Paul Gianis, who is in the middle of a high profile political campaign. But Dita’s brother Hal is
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Identical is as close to a Greek tragedy as you can get in modern day fiction.

Mr. Turow is an excellent writer of legal fiction beginning with PRESUMED INNOCENCE, and here he attempts to call upon the legend of the ancient Greek myth of Castor and Pollux. They are the twin sons of Zeus, one of whom is immortal and the other mortal.

IDENTICAL begins when one of the twin brothers, Cass Gianni is being released from prison 25 years after pleading guilty to killing his girlfriend,
Mar 21, 2014 Lobstergirl rated it liked it
Recommends it for: George Soros

This was a decent read, not great, not horrible. I don't read a lot of legal thrillers. I did like the nitty gritty legal aspects of this one, like the judge's ruling on whether a subpoena in a case that was being dismissed was still valid. Surprisingly, it was in this case...

The plot, involving identical twins and their DNA and fingerprints, confusing identities, a 25 year old murder, and two middle-aged lesbians ending a relationship, had some good twists and turns.

It won't be spoiling anythin
Andy Miller
Oct 29, 2013 Andy Miller rated it really liked it
Scott Turow is my favorite "lawyer" novelist, in fact he is one of my favorite novelists period. I was disappointed in his last novel"Innocent" and am glad to see he is back to form with "Identical"

Yes, I wish the plot, a twin brother is released from prison for killing his girlfriend 25 years earlier while his brother went on to become a successful prosecutor and then plaintiff's lawyer/politician and the victim's brother spends some of his fortune gaining revenge by running tv commercials tryi
Dick Reynolds
Dec 28, 2013 Dick Reynolds rated it really liked it
Paul and Cass Gianis are identical twins from a large Greek family. They are very close and even slept together when they were toddlers. In 1982, Cass’s girlfriend Dita Kronon (a nickname for Aphrodite), also a member of a Greek family, is murdered and Cass is strongly implicated in the crime. Paul, who is an attorney, defends Cass and cops a plea on his behalf for twenty-five years in a minimum security prison. Paul, however, has admitted verbally that Cass didn’t murder Dita.
Fast forward now
Sep 23, 2013 Jerry rated it liked it
We’ve read Turow’s entire booklist, always feeling he is a bit more of a “thinking man’s” legal thriller writer than Grisham, who perhaps weaves a more compelling tale. “Identical”, the title referring to twins who wind up impersonating each other, hardly an original thought, revolves around a 25-year-old murder for which one of the twins, Cass, pled guilty and served the long prison term. Upon his release, brother Paul is running for mayor when the murder victim’s brother starts running negativ ...more
Oct 31, 2013 Joe rated it it was ok
After reading Presumed Innocent, I read all Turow's subsequent novels thinking, just maybe, he might write another as good as that first novel. Now after reading his latest, identical, I'm thinking maybe that first one really wasn't all that good either. Turow has a way of taking the reader for a long, long ride pointing out many semi-interesting things as he goes along. In identical, he plays a written version of clue stacking up the suspects and dismissing them routinely until his has consumed ...more
Melinda Elizabeth
Feb 01, 2014 Melinda Elizabeth rated it really liked it
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Lewis Weinstein
May 17, 2014 Lewis Weinstein rated it liked it
The plot is not close to believable and I knew who the killer was very early, which is unusual for me since I don't try to "solve" the crime when I read. However, there are so many very clever turns and twists (really clever) that I finished the book and actually enjoyed it. I would have enjoyed it more if there was more attention to any of the characters earlier in the book. There was some at the end, actually moving in the instance of the 82 year old detective, but it came late in the read.
Nov 05, 2013 Kerfe rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, fiction
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Nov 04, 2013 Paula rated it it was amazing
One should never intentionally cross a Greek. As one myself, I know this from experience. We forget nothing and rarely apologize for the verbal fallout from our unruly tempers. And as for family, well, they really are just as sinister and shocking as the myths that Turow uses as his backdrop for the characters in his novel Identical.

The plot is this - A wealthy, CEO, Hal Kronon, has spent decades heartbroken over the violent hands-on murder of his sister and the man who has confessed and served
Oct 17, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
Recommended to Carol by: Cynthia
Shelves: fiction
So much to read, how could I drop it all to read Identical? My all-time fascination with twins got the best of me. Identical was not the next on my list but when I read comments by my GR friend Cynthia, I rushed to my library and was the first to grab the just processed book. Lucky me.

Identical met all my expectations. I've read Turow before and loved Presumed Innocent though I've yet to read Innocent where characters from the first clash yet again. Identical is based loosely on the Greek myth o
Debra Lowman
Dec 27, 2013 Debra Lowman rated it really liked it
It's a Greek tragedy. State Senator Paul Gianni is running for Kindle County Mayor while his identical twin brother, Cassian, is just released from minimum security prison after serving 25 years for the murder of Cass's girlfriend, Aphrodite Kronon. Despite his brother's bad rap, Paul is leading in the polls.

Dita's brother, Hal, is not convinced that the murder was ever resolved correctly and begins to run slanderous ads against Paul Gianni while at the same time uses his considerable wealth to
Apr 22, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
This engrossing story takes us through more arcane pathways of the law than is usual for Scott Turow and it is a more complex plot weaving in themes of identity and the tendency we all have to see what we want to see. The story opens as one identical twin, Paul Giannis is nearing the home stretch of his mayoral campaign just as the other twin Cassian is ending his 25 year stretch in prison for the murder of his girl friend Dita Kronon. Things are looking pretty good until Dita's brother Hal publ ...more
Jo Dervan
Jun 18, 2013 Jo Dervan rated it really liked it
Cass and Paul Gianis are identical twins. Their lives are intertwined and their closeness has disastrous results. The 2 boys are members of the tight knit Greek community in their Midwestern city. Their mother, Lidia, has kept dark secrets from the boys as they grew up. When one of the boys, Cass, becomes involved with the tempestuous Dita, the daughter of a very successful man, Zeus, Lidia is unhappy.

There is a large cultural affair on the grounds on Zeus' home and that evening Dita is found d
J. Ewbank
Jul 12, 2016 J. Ewbank rated it really liked it
This book by Turow is an easy read, but the plot it complicated. He is able to keep our interest throughout the whole book because the plot is so good. Thought I had it figured out, then he fooled me and then I was correct. Good characters, interesting and enjoyable.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" "To Whom It May Concern" and "Tell Me About the United Methodist Church"
Oct 23, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
Identical by Scott Turow is an Oct.15, 2013 publication by Grand Central Publishing. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Hal, the heir to his father's vast fortune, lost his sister when she was in her early twenties, murdered in her bed.
Now, the man he believes is responsible for her death, Paul Gianis, is running for Mayor of Kindle County. Hal makes a very public accusation against Paul and his advisors recommends that he sue Hal.

Nov 19, 2013 Jeff rated it liked it
About twenty five years ago Scott Turow began a run as one of the most successful authors of his time. Writing crime mysteries all set in the fictional Kindle County ( clearly modeled after Chicago) Turow, along with John Grisham, satisfied the never ending American desire for pulp fiction. Turow and his many legions of fans, myself being one of them at this time, would have dismissed the generalization but as good as they were at what they did the books were really nothing more than well though ...more
Gloria Feit
Sep 05, 2014 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
This is the story of two families of Greek heritage, intertwined in more ways than one would think possible, over a couple of generations: The Kronon family, and the Giannis family, the latter including Paul Giannis, just over 50 and a state senator now running for mayor, and his identical twin brother, Cass, a former Kindle County cop who as the book opens is about to be released from prison after serving twenty-five years after having confessed to the murder of his then-girlfriend, Dita Kronon ...more
Oct 31, 2013 Kurt rated it it was ok
I love Scott Turow's courtroom scenes. I've read and enjoyed most of his other books, and I'm an identical twin, so I expected to love this one. It was also nice to see a few characters from an earlier novel (don't worry, if this is your first Turow, you won't be lost. Turow gives a new reader enough information to understand the key relationships and characters, even if longtime fans will appreciate the context a bit more). Unfortunately, this novel just fell flat for me. There are some signifi ...more
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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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Kindle County Legal Thriller (10 books)
  • Presumed Innocent (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #1)
  • The Burden of Proof (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #2)
  • Pleading Guilty (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #3)
  • The Laws Of Our Fathers (Kindle County, #4)
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