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by Scott Turow
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Grand Central, 2010 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

What a treat. With his eleventh book, Innocent, Scott Turow brings readers a sequel to Presumed Innocent. Twenty years ago, Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto went head-to-head in a courtroom in a shattering murder trial.

Fast forward to today and they again face each other in another trial where Molto (now a prosecutor) accuses Sabich, now the chief appellate court judge, of the death under mysterious circumstances of the judge's wife Barbara.

Could this be an accusation based on revenge, since Molto lost the first case against Sabich? Or did the judge actually murder his wife who suffered from bi-polarism?

Innocent is pure Turow. Full of suspense and speculation with characters who jump full-blown onto the page. Could Sabich be innocent? Or had he had enough of his wife's illness and released her from that bondage? Is his son any way involved?

How about Molto? He seems determined to get the judge this time. He feels he will have vindicated himself for the loss of the first trial and will bring the judge to justice for the murder of two women.

Turow's courtroom scenes make the book hard to put down. I would have loved to have been a juror in that courtroom. Not to miss any of the testimony and help to make that final decision. The author makes it all so real. I half expected daily reports in our local newspaper.

I also enjoyed reading of the everyday life of these lawmakers. They are human after all. Not just walking around in those black robes that instill respect and dread in all our hearts. Thank you, Mr. Turow, for a wonderful read.

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