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Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
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Jul 23, 2011

really liked it

Kindle County's chief deputy prosecutor, Rusty Sabich, has an impeccable reputation. He tries his best to be a good father to his son, Nathaniel, and a loving husband to his wife, Barbara. However, Carolyn Polhemus, a fellow attorney, changes all of that. Carolyn has been brutally murdered - and the timing couldn't be worse, just days before Rusty's boss, Raymond Horgan's last re-election campaign. Horgan, busy with his campaign, asks that Rusty head-up the murder investigation. What Horgan doesn't know is that Rusty had an affair with the deceased. Suddenly, Rusty has become the prime suspect. The evidence against him is very incriminating. Did Rusty kill Carolyn Polhemus? Is he being framed? His lawyer, Alejandro "Sandy" Stern, is one of the best. But is he good enough to save Rusty's life?

Scott Turow has such a great writing style. He tells you only what you need to know now, keeping you second-guessing your own instincts and conclusions, and forcing you to read on. The many characters involved in this investigation are all very different from each other. They are very realistic and everyone has some kind of reputation exposed, good and bad. This isn't a "lawyer story" just for the pros. It's written for anyone to easily enjoy - and I certainly did.
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