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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Turow Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kindle County Series Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781607883791
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Late one spring afternoon, Alejandro “Sandy” Stem, the leading defense attorney in the midsized Midwestern city where he lives, comes home from a business trip to find that Clara, his wife of thirty years, has committed suicide. Readers of Presumed Innocent will remember Stem as the brilliant, elegant, and elusive lawyer who masterminded the defense of Rusty Sabich. Scott Turow’s new novel probes the character of this fascinating and complex man and his troubled private world.

Like many successful individuals, Stern has often seemed preoccupied and remote even to those closest to him. He is overwhelmed by Clara’s death, and as he tries to come to terms with it, he is forced to confront all he truly does not know about his life, including his children. Even in his mourning, Stern is drawn back to the law as the defender of Dixon Hartnell, who is the target of an increasingly complex investigation by a federal grand jury. Stem’s connections to Dixon, the immensely rich owner of a commodities futures brokerage and a wily financial gamesman, are long and involved. Dixon, who both fascinates and repels Stern, is the husband of Stem’s beloved sister, Silvia, and he has employed Stem to keep him one step ahead of the law for decades.

As Sandy seeks to unravel both the painful mystery of Clara’s death and the tangled web of Dixon’s financial wheeling and dealing, his marriage, family, and career are brought under the intense scrutiny that only a lawyer as persistent, perceptive, and honest as Stern can muster. The result is a novel of enormous emotional resonance, riveting suspense, and pro- found and devastating revelations. It confirms Scott Turow’s place as one of our most compelling and convincing storytellers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Turow is a master at dramatizing legal complexities…The last hundred pages of revelations about Sandy’s decent, humane family are riveting…This complex, meditative novel is as richly entertaining as its predecessor. A surefire best-seller for summer—and on into the fall.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 6/15/2013

    " Love mystery and stories about the law, you''l love this book. Easy read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 5/18/2011

    " I love this novel. One of my favorite "legal" mystery/suspense writers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 12/19/2010

    " Turow grabs you at the beginning. Good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 11/7/2010

    " Mostly a long slow slog with much soap opera drama and very few courtroom theatrics or thrills. Turow is a gifted writer and Sandy Stern is a great three dimensional character but there's really not anything of interest going on here; Presumed Innocent this ain't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clifford | 9/23/2010

    " Multiple characters with their own story lines put together to make this a long book covering over 500 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 9/19/2010

    " Follow the recipe and you have a hit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheri | 6/4/2010

    " well, Turow did it again. I just finished Innocent, his newest one. That book was so great, I am now on a Turow kick. What an author!!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 R. | 4/15/2010

    " This was one of the most tedious books I've read in a long time. The ending was something of a surprise and thus a little redeeming, but overall this is not a book I'd recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 4/12/2010

    " I'll have to try another Turow to see if I really like his writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adziah | 4/6/2010

    " To unravels some problems may be easily quicken by sharing the truth confidently.
    p/s: My son presented this book due to the day he visited Book Garden, USM,Penang. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 2/7/2010

    " I get this one confused with "Presumed Innocent," the only other Turow novel I've read. "

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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

John Bedford Lloyd, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing. A critically acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, his voice work includes reading for such authors as Michael Crichton, Nicholas Sparks, Paul Doiron, and Atul Gawande, among others.