Kindle County, where skies are generally gray and the truth is seldom
simple, is one of the most renowned and fascinating locales in contemporary American
fiction. In Pleading Guilty Scott Turow takes us there again, in an
edge-of-the-chair story rife with indelible characters and riveting suspense.
Our guide is McCormack A. “Mack” Malloy, fiftyish ex-cop, almost
ex-drunk, and partner-on-the-wane at Gage & Griswell, one of Kindle County’s
top-notch law firms, who has been charged by the firm’s Oversight Committee
with a highly sensitive task. Bert Kamin, G&G’s gifted, erratic, impossibly
combative star litigator, has been missing for weeks. Also missing is $5.6
million from a fund established to settle a massive air-disaster class-action
suit against TransNational Airlines, the world’s largest carrier and G&G’s
biggest client. The Committee needs Mack to find Bert and the money. Immediately.
His search takes us into the inner sanctums of G&G, where Mack’s
close-to- the-vest partners, among them his good friend and sometime bedmate
Emilia “Brushy” Bruccia, jockey and plot. He ventures into the dark heart of
the city itself, to the Russian Bath in the far West End, where the mysterious
Kam Roberts has left tracks. Before long he runs up against his former beat
partner and long-time nemesis, the odious Pigeyes. And a cold corpse.
Mack is foul-mouthed, expansive, and sensual, weighed down by a
profound familiarity with the, ways of the world and his own ineradicable
weaknesses, yet blessed with an incorrigible black-Irish sense of humor. He
carries secrets of his own and knows that, as the police are fond of saying,
there are no victims. Lovable, unreliable, a master sleuth, and an inimitable
guide to an ominous and enthralling world, he may well be Scott Turow’s supreme
fictional creation to date.
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