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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (41,240 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Turow Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kindle County Series Release Date:
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Hailed as the most suspenseful and compelling novel in decades, Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of all crimes.

Rusty Sabich is chief deputy prosecuting attorney in a large Midwestern city. His boss is in the midst of a bitter campaign for re-election, and a fellow prosecuting attorney, Carolyn Polhemus, has been brutally murdered. Rusty is handling the investigation, and he needs results before Election Day, and before his illicit affair with Carolyn is uncovered. Election Day brings a new prosecuting attorney into office, a political enemy who wants Rusty out and whose own secret investigation has revealed Rusty’s relationship with Carolyn. A man who takes Rusty off the case and charges him with murder.

This novel is a stunning portrayal of one man’s all-too-human, all-consuming fatal attraction for a passionate woman who is not his wife, and the story of how his obsession puts everything he loves and values on trial, including his own life. It’s a book that lays bare a shocking world of betrayal and murder, as well as the hidden depths of the human heart. And it will hold you and haunt you long after you have reached its shattering conclusion.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Spellbinding...The suspense is relentless...Surprise follows surprise...The work of a profoundly gifted writer The New York Times
  • Presumed Innocent is an achievement of a high order—with marvelous control and touch, an awesome capacity to assemble and dispense (and sometimes withhold) evidence, and a cast of characters who are dismayingly credible. Nobody who picks it up is going to lay it down lightly.”

    Wallace Stegner

  • “After two days of non-stop reading I put down Scott Turow’s novel feeling drained, exhilarated and sorry it was over. Presumed Innocent is one of the most enthralling novels I have read in a long, long time. Turow has created a world that makes everyday reality feel naive and mundane.”

    Pat Conroy

  • “Spellbinding…The book you’re going to take to the beach with you this summer. Mr. Turow’s effects hold one enthralled until the last page.”

    New York Times

  • “Replaces the usual array of cardboard motives with full-blooded, complex passions.”


  • “This one will keep you up at nights, engrossed and charged with adrenaline.”


  • “Splendid…Snaps both of your lapels and presses you down in your chair until you’ve finished it. When Scott Turow writes about a milieu, he knows whereof he speaks. You know he made it up, but you also know it’s real.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Riveting…Powered by intrigue…First-rate and deserves every reader it gets.”

    USA Today

  • “A canny novel, a well-devised, crafted, meticulously calculated book…A compelling story, well written, and stocked with a bevy of courtroom characters.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Politics, sex, and death. Who could ask for anything more?”

    Washington Post

  • “A grabber to the end…A mystery, a law-courtroom drama, a suspense story, and more.”

    Cincinnati Post

  • “A riveting performance.”


  • “If you start Presumed Innocent you will finish it—it grips like an octopus, and Turow unwinds the plot with brilliant cat-and-mouse meanness.”

    Sunday Times

  • “Impossible to put down.”

    Evening Standard

  • “Phenomenal…A powerful study of ambition, weakness, hypocrisy. and American ‘justice.’”

    Sunday Express

  • “An impressive first novel that matches Anatomy of a Murder in its intensity and verisimilitude. With the calculating genius of a good lawyer (and writer), Turow…draws the reader into a grittily realistic portrait of big city political corruption that climaxes with a dramatic murder trial in which every dark twist of legal statute and human nature is convincingly revealed…Turow’s ability to forge the reader’s identification with the protagonist, his insightful characterizations of Sabich’s legal colleagues, and the overwhelming sense he conveys of being present in the courtroom are his most brilliant and satisfying contributions to what may become a literary crime classic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of a Silver Dagger Award
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sydnee | 1/11/2014

    " Scott Turrow is the best legal thriller writer out there. His books will be classics someday if they're not already! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andy | 1/7/2014

    " Good mystery with several twists and turns "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Larissa | 12/11/2013

    " Very surprisingly touching and excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Yi | 12/8/2013

    " This is one great suspenseful whodunit. The plot gains momentum from the very start yes, it takes the reader breathless to the very end. The twist at the end is totally surprising yet very believable. It's almost like a perfect crime. All the mystery fans take note! "

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