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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,518 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Turow Narrator: Robert Petkoff Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kindle County Series Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781607883814
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “An engaging, street-wise narrative.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The overall entertainment value is high.” 

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arianna | 2/14/2014

    " This book is written to engage those who love legal drama books. It talks about how your own coworkers can get you into alot of trouble. Trouble that you may have a hard time getting out of......... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan | 2/9/2014

    " Hard to get started, but once I did, I liked it. Format of the story telling was different and took a little bit to get in the rythm of it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Krista | 2/6/2014

    " Hmm. I really liked Presumed Innocent and Burden of Proof, but this one was not enjoyable. I didn't like the characters and wasn't invested in the outcome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 1/29/2014

    " Forgot my book in a hotel room. Twice. May never get to read Emma, because I'm not buying another copy. Anyway, I'm halfway through again and I'd say this is the perfect book if you want to read about a rambling middle-aged mopey Irishman that likes to masterbate. a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 1/24/2014

    " Turow doesn't miss a single trick. Lots of thrilling episodes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/18/2014

    " Good character development, plot, and story telling. A good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kimmy | 1/11/2014

    " I love to read. I have read many books in between this one. I am not done with this one yet, but it plagues me. I am not one to put a book down before I know the ending, but this is the first book I am completely and utterly tempted to do just that. I think that it is moving very slowly and I am not really even enjoying the story. I am on track to finish it, just so I can finally get it off of my nightstand. If anyone wants to read it, let me know and I will send it to you. Hopefully you have a better time with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 1/10/2014

    " Had to read something light after Ancient Evenings. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adriana Pena | 1/5/2014

    " I read this book for a book report in my Law class. I wasn't too impressed with the writing style of the author. The plot was interesting, but the book itself wasn't written well. It is full of legal issues such as embezzlement, gambling, murder and so on so that's what keeps it interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcie | 12/29/2013

    " A little confusing at times. Unlikable main (and other) character. But interesting nevertheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/12/2013

    " This was the first time we had listened to this author. It was quite funny in places and Dale really enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 11/20/2013

    " Good story line but this book was a little too dark and smutty for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holley Cassell | 11/1/2013

    " Scott Turow gets me through my time on the treadmill, and helps remind me that the pursuit of law can be entertaining (even if it's only in fiction). O.K.? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Donovan | 9/6/2013

    " Turow writes beautifully. His characters are complex and believable. His plot lines are fascinating and he leaves no red herrings to annoy the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 12/31/2012

    " Didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as Turow's others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 12/8/2012

    " Full of suspense. Big law firm lawyers involved in crime and one lawyer asked to find the criminal. It is about all corporate conspiracy to steal from within the law firm. I enjoyed it.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arwen Fowler-jonsson | 9/29/2012

    " Good plot and excellent writing but a little too much to keep up with. Will try the writer one more time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 9/18/2012

    " oh..a melancholy irish drunk with a catholic mother-begotten guilt complex "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 6/21/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 2/14/2012

    " Confusing and the plot was hard to follow. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Keldon | 1/7/2012

    " My least favorite book by Turow. It was almost like he wanted to write a novel like John Grisham. And, unfortunatly, it wasn't even that good. I would skip this book. All of his other books have been great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Shehigian | 12/30/2011

    " Unbelievably well written. Impossible to guess the outcome with so much intrigue I was giddy. Outstanding "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 11/26/2011

    " Dark, dark, dark. None of the characters is particularly likable. I remember Turow being better than this when I read a couple of his other books 10 or 15 years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joni | 10/22/2011

    " Mack Malloy, a former cop is now a partner in a big business law firm. When he is asked to find another partner in the same firm,what he discovers is the only justice is injustice. Pure Turow! Fast read,great story! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Francine | 9/24/2011

    " Couldn't get past page 27. Key character is presented as a charicature of a cop who became a lawyer and the "thoughts" he has are so cliche, it's demeaning to the character. I don't even care what the plot is. SO disppointed, loved Burden of Proof. Terrible writing as far as I'm concerned! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pradeep | 7/1/2011

    " While i have read other books by Scott i found this to be not anywhere close to the others. Having said that the book is a good read only for Turrow fans keeping in mind his flair for tediously describing extraneous issues. Despite all that the book is certainly worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 3/24/2011

    " I enjoyed this book because there were quite a few surprises, things were not as they seemed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 April | 2/9/2011

    " I HATED the main character - that ruins the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 1/16/2011

    " Complex and a very Looonng read. Very good parts and very boring parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan | 12/16/2010

    " Hard to get started, but once I did, I liked it. Format of the story telling was different and took a little bit to get in the rythm of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arianna | 10/2/2010

    " This book is written to engage those who love legal drama books. It talks about how your own coworkers can get you into alot of trouble. Trouble that you may have a hard time getting out of......... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 8/28/2010

    " I will never read or listen to another Scott Turrow book. I was a captive audience on a long road trip and this was all we had. Bleck. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 8/21/2010

    " Turow writes well, but I never got very invested in the characters or the story. The mystery needing to be solved was just not very compelling or interesting. There was potential for some of the characters, but ultimately many came off a bit cliched. Not a terrible read, but nothing to seek out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. | 7/16/2010

    " This book by Scott Turow was an excellent mystery and I enjoyed reading it very much.

    J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 7/9/2010

    " Good story line but this book was a little too dark and smutty for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 4/11/2010

    " Turow doesn't miss a single trick. Lots of thrilling episodes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandie.waters | 2/15/2010

    " I only made it to page 186...I hated this book. There was a load of gratuitous language, sexual content, alcohol, drugs, etc. I found it neither an escape or inspiring. I would not suggest this book to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom | 12/16/2009

    " Lobstergirl is on page 127 (Dec 16, 2009) and is "really hating this". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 HC | 11/16/2009

    " Scott Turow gets me through my time on the treadmill, and helps remind me that the pursuit of law can be entertaining (even if it's only in fiction). O.K.? "

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About the Author
Author Scott Turow

Scott Turow is a practicing attorney and the author of many novels, as well as nonfiction works such as One L and Ultimate Punishment. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, Playboy and the Atlantic. Turow’s books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Time magazine’s Best Work of Fiction. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, sold more than twenty-five million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries. Turow graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978 with top honors, was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, and served as president of the Authors Guild. He lives outside of Chicago.

About the Narrator

Robert Petkoff is an audiobook narrator who has won a prestigious Audie Award and twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime.