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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: April 2010 ISBN: 9781607883777
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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.”

    Newsweek

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

    People

  • “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.”

    Observer

  • “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

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudine | 11/7/2013

    " LOVED this book. HATED the movie (at the end). Just follow the book and all is well. Turow is a tight writer - good suspense, no questions at the end. IT worked!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 10/15/2013

    " Sometimes you put down a book and feel grateful to have read it. I felt that way about Presumed Innocent -- a murder mystery that muses on sadness, persistance, and the strange compromises you make with yourself to keep moving forward. Nothing Turrow has written since comes near this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 8/31/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and it was the first book I read from Turow, and led me to read most of his other novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Bruce | 7/7/2013

    " The first is still the best. If you've never treated yourself to this pre-Grisham fest, do so now. Not only is it a great mystery, it's a well written, emotional book. Bravo, Scott. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaux | 7/5/2013

    " This is an incredible page turner; an excellent movie too (w/ Harrison Ford). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip | 6/7/2013

    " Satisfying legal thriller. Better plotted and written than Grisham. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 2/6/2013

    " Turow writes well and the suspense is excellent. A great summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul O | 12/17/2012

    " Scott Turow writes superb legal thrillers. I enjoy his books much more than Grisham's. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chrissie | 10/30/2012

    " i read this because i wanted a quick read. it wasn't even that good for that purpose. although it was amusing to track turow's increasing use of "foul language" throughout the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Idle Hippo | 1/29/2012

    " Alurnya lambat.. tapi endingnya bikin kaget "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellenjsmellen | 12/30/2011

    " The only Turow book I've read and really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barrie | 10/20/2011

    " I enjoy reading anything by Scott Turow. Always insightful, filled with useful legal minutiae, interesting character development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Letisha | 10/15/2011

    " A little too wordy. I found myself skipping paragraphs just to get to the point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 9/18/2011

    " Loved it! One of my favourite books, and the movie was good too, which is rare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/17/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book although it had some similarities to Presumed Innocent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/17/2011

    " I love legal thrillers, and Turow is the best. This one is a sequel to Presumed Innocent (wish I remembered it in greater detail) and they should be read in order. This one has a nice surprise ending. Surprised me, anyway. Some of my more astute friends will doubtless guess it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 5/14/2011

    " sequel to Presumed Innocent; Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto once again do battle in the courtroom 20+ years after his last trial as Sabich is accused of murdering his wife; very good narration; excellent character development; excellent storytelling
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liza | 5/11/2011

    " Not fantastic writing, but great plot and sucked me in for an entire Sunday. Interesting subplots and characters. However, I am glad I read Presumed Innocent just a few weeks ago (which I did not like as much) so I could make connections more easily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janie | 5/6/2011

    " This was an excellent sequel to "Presumed Innocent". I will definitely be reading more of Turow's works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 5/1/2011

    " Wow. Couldn't put it down. Did he or did he not kill his wife? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 4/22/2011

    " Excellent courtroom mystery - quick, interesting read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 4/19/2011

    " Probably would have given this book 5 stars but didn't care as much for the ending as the rest of the book. All in all, a good sequel. I'm sure we will see a movie in the future with Harrison Ford reprising his role as Rusty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Inese | 3/30/2011

    " Fantastic.
    Read "Presumed Innocent" first .... not necessary but it'll add to your understanding.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 3/28/2011

    " If you liked Presumed Innocent, you will like this book. You don't have to have read Presumed to enjoy this one, but you will enjoy it more if you had done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 3/26/2011

    " Sequel to the book and movie Presumed Innocent. The original book and movie were haunting and easy to remember so the sequel was like talking to and old friend. Great beach book. "

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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

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Earphones and Audie Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.