Thursday, May 6, 2010
Presumed Innocent: Review & Giveaway
Now available in trade paperback, "Presumed Innocent" brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of crimes. Prosecutor Rusty Sabich is transformed from accuser to accused when he is handed an explosive case--that of the brutal murder of a woman who happens to be his former lover.
About The Author:
Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of eight novels including his first novel, Presumed Innocent (1987) and the forthcoming sequel, Innocent (May 4, 2010). A novella, Limitations was published as a paperback original in November, 2006 by Picador following its serialization in the New York Times Magazine.
His works of non-fiction include One L (1977) about his experience as a law student, and Ultimate Punishment (2003), a reflection on the death penalty. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy and The Atlantic. Mr. Turow's books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize in 2003 for Reversible Errors, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2004 for Ultimate Punishment and Time Magazine's Best Work of Fiction, 1999 for Personal Injuries.
His books have been translated into more than 25 languages, sold more than 25 million copies world-wide and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries. In Fall of 2010, Fox TV will premiere a weekly TV series, based on his third novel, Pleading Guilty.
Mr. Turow continues to work as an attorney. He has been a partner in the Chicago office of a national law firm, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, since 1986, concentrating on white collar criminal defense while also devoting a substantial amount of time to pro bono matters.
Mr. Turow has been active in a number of charitable causes including organizations that promote literacy, education and legal rights. In 1997-1998, he served as president of the Authors Guild, the nation’s largest membership organization of professional writers and is presently serving as President once again. He is also a Trustee of Amherst College.
Additionally, he performs with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a musical group of best seller authors raising funds for various literacy charities. As Dave Barry puts it "We play music about as well as Metallica writes novels."
Mr. Turow has been appointed to a number of public bodies. He was the first Chair of Illinois’ Executive Ethics Commission. He served as one of the fourteen members of the Commission appointed in March, 2000, by Illinois Governor George Ryan to consider reform of the capital punishment system. He completed his education through Amherst, Stanford, and Harvard.
Scott Turow has three adult children. He lives outside Chicago.
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As this was the first of Scott Turow's books I had read, and because I love mystery/suspense novels, I jumped at the chance of reading Presumed Innocent. I have to say I LOVED IT! This book has so many twists to the plot that you will not want to put it down. I know I didn't and finished the book in only a couple days. It was so worth it. I really thought it was well written and the development of the characters, particularly the main character Rusty Sabich was just perfect. If you like crime/suspense you will love Presumed Innocent. I know I have seen the movie version, starring Harrison Ford, but I think I am going to rent it again and see how it compares to the book!
This book was originally written in 1987 but has been re-released due to the sequel, Innocent, being released this month! I cannot wait to read that one too! I will be doing so and doing a review here, so stay tuned!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
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