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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