As most mystery fans know,
we first met Rusty Sabich 23 years ago in Scott Turow’s novel Presumed
Innocent, now something of a genre classic. Rusty, then a deputy prosecutor in
a thinly disguised Chicago, got himself in a big heap of trouble when he was
accused of murdering a colleague. (Harrison Ford played him in the film version.)
When I was first heard that
Rusty (now a bigshot judge) was back in a Turow sequel, Innocent, and that,
amazingly, he had gotten himself in yet another big heap of trouble, I didn’t
see how Turow could make this work. It seemed too contrived.
I’m now two-thirds of the
way done with Innocent, and as I think most of its readers will attest, Turow really makes it work. Although I don’t think the sequel is as well written as Presumed
Innocent, the fact is, I can’t put the dang thing down.
The author is a master
puppeteer, creating situations, motivations and characters and forcing them to collide. You
can’t resist seeing how the collisions are resolved. And you get a feel for
courtrooms and prosecutors’ offices and gritty urban politics that only a writer who
has also been a veteran, big-city attorney can provide.
--- Ron Kovach, senior editor, The Writer
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