Librarian fans of Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent are no doubt eagerly anticipating this Thursday’s PLA 2010 Adult Author Luncheon (tickets required), at which the best-selling writer and attorney will discuss Innocent (Grand Central, May), the long-awaited sequel to his 1987 classic legal thriller. To whet luncheon attendees’ appetite, here is a sneak preview of LJ‘s starred review of Innocent, scheduled to run in the May 1 print issue. (An audio edition read by Edward Herrmann will be released simultaneous to the print edition, from Hachette Audio and BBC Audiobooks America.) For those PLA conference goers who can’t make it to the luncheon, Turow is tentatively scheduled to sign galleys for an hour after the luncheon at the Hachette Book Group booth #1338.
*Turow, Scott. Innocent. Grand Central. May 2010. c.416p. ISBN 978-0-446-56242-3. $27.99. F
It took Turow more than 20 years to bring us the sequel to his bestselling first novel, Presumed Innocent, and it was worth the wait. Now 60 and long after being acquitted of murdering his mistress, Rusty Sabich has become chief judge of the Kindle County, IL appellate court and is running for the state supreme court. When his wife dies in her sleep, Sabich waits 24 hours before calling his son or anyone else, setting off suspicions of foul play with his old nemesis, acting prosecutor Tommy Molto. The coroner determines she died of natural causes, but Molto and his chief deputy Brand quietly start building a case, convinced Sabich is trying to get away with murder again. VERDICT This is a beautifully written book with finely drawn characters and an intricate plot seamlessly weaving a troubled family story with a murder. Drawing the reader in and not letting go until the last page, Turow’s legal thriller is a most worthy successor to Presumed Innocent and perhaps the author’s finest work to date. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/10.]—Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Co. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL
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