THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED
Disclaimer: A copy of this audio book was provided by Hachette Audio Books, for review. The views expressed here are honest and are in no way influenced by the publishers.
More than twenty years after Rusty Sabiach and Tommy Molto went head to head in the shattering murder trial of Presumed Innocent, the men are pitted against each other once again in a riveting psychological match. When Sabiach, over 60 year old and the chief judge of an appellate court, finds his wife Barbara, dead under mysterious circumstances, Molto accuses him of murder for the second time, setting in motion a trial that is vintage Turow – the courtroom at its most taut and explosive. With his characteristics insight into the dark truths of the human psyche and the dense intricate of the criminal justice system, Scott Turow proves once again that some stories simply compel us to listen late in the night, desperate to know who did it.
I went into this book, not knowing much about it or about its predecessor Presumed Innocent. I have gotten some raved reviews on both books and that made me eager to read (or rather listen) to my copy of Innocent. Innocent was an excellent read. I can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner. Though this was an audio book, it had me gripped with suspense from beginning to end.
I have to take back all my whining about starting half way in the series since Innocent could easily stand on its own. There were a few references to issues raised in Presumed Innocent and off course the relationship dynamics between Rusty and Tommy and Rusty and the Sterns that develops in the first book but Innocent simply felt like a gentle reminder of those things. Some of the chapters were dated so you could tell whether the character was speaking in the past or the present and it really helped to set the tone of the story.
Loyalty was the most significant theme that appeared in the story; Loyalty and the extent to which people are willing to go to protect the ones that they love or admire. James Brand, Rusty, Anna, Barbara, they all had one thing in common. They all wanted to protect someone but the odds were against them and situations got sticky. They had to do what was necessary and for that reason you begin to understand and I guess appreciate their reasons for doing the things they did.
From a cast full of well developed, fully supportive characters, can you ever find a favorite? I say no. They each played their role exceedingly well in telling the story. What I find also interesting is that these characters all had several layers or dimensions to them and while one layer was more pronounced in the story; it wasn’t hard for you to see the other layers. All of this boils down to say that Turow created real characters, people who had real stories and characters you can identify with.
I am convinced without a doubt that Turow is a genius and I cannot wait to go back to Presumed Innocent, read it and connect the dots to Innocent. More so, I cannot wait to read more from this author.
Thanks to Anna and the folks at Hachette Audio Books, I have three (3) copies of this fantastic audio book to giveaway. If you haven’t won a copy of it yet, now’s your chance.
To enter, all you have to do is follow me on Twitter, then leave me a comment on this post with your email address. It’s that simple.
The giveaway closes on July 7th and the winner will be selected via random.org and announced on July 8th. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents only. No PO Boxes please.
Good Luck everyone and thanks for participating.