Reviewing Presumed Innocent

Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent is an exciting legal fiction that had no trouble keeping my interest.


It has been years since I read something from Scott Turow. Remembering I liked his work and looking for new fiction, I decided to read Presumed Innocent. Having finished the book, I’m glad I rediscovered Turow’s work.

Prosecutor Carolyn Polhemus was murdered and sexually assaulted. Rozat (Rusty) Sabich, the assistant prosecutor is investigating the murder even though he previously had an affair with Carolyn.

As the story unfolds, there are several interesting twist and turns. Some of the legal situations are also intriguing. What made the story, though, was the surprise ending.

At one point I started thinking I knew who did it, but I couldn’t quite figure out how. By the end, the pieces made sense.

The moral questions raised by the characters actions were not so clear. Rusty Sabich had some good qualities, but I didn’t wind up liking him very much. I don’t need to like the main character to appreciate a book’s value. So, I would recommend Presumed Innocent.

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