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I had this weird dream last night I was at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and here, let me give you my reconstructionHILLARY CLINTONon podium, in front of huge crowdAnd now, our prosecutor is going to read out a list of indictments against my opponent, Donald Trump I want you all to say whether you think he s innocent or GUILTY PROSECUTOR Thank you Hillary Let s get started Indictment one sexual assault Jill Harth recently accused Donald Trump o I had this weird dream last night I was at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and here, let me give you my reconstructionHILLARY CLINTONon podium, in front of huge crowdAnd now, our prosecutor is going to read out a list of indictments against my opponent, Donald Trump I want you all to say whether you think he s innocent or GUILTY PROSECUTOR Thank you Hillary Let s get started Indictment one sexual assault Jill Harth recently accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in 1997 Do you think he s innocent or guilty MAN IN CROWD Some parts of her story ring true, but she s changed it a lot of times.WOMAN IN CROWD Yeah, it s hard to know what s going on.SECOND MAN IN CROWD And it s all hearsay.PROSECUTOR So, what do we think CROWD Presumed innocent PROSECUTOR I can t hear you.CROWD PRESUMED INNOCENT PROSECUTOR Thank you, that s a great answer And now, indictment two rape Katie Johnson, in another recent deposition, claimed that she was subject to extreme sexual and physical abuse by Donald J Trump and Jeffrey E Epstein, including forcible rape during a four month time span, when she was still only a minor of age 13 What do we think Innocent or guilty MAN IN CROWD This is hearsay too WOMAN IN CROWD But she does have a witness, Tiffany Doe.SECOND MAN IN CROWD It could be politically motivated though Hard to tell All the same, she should have her day in court.PROSECUTOR So, what do we think CROWD Presumed innocent PROSECUTOR I can t hear you.CROWD PRESUMED INNOCENT PROSECUTOR You re all such terrific guys So, indictment three fraud and racketeering Donald Trump s Trump University is the subject of several lawsuits, including two class action suits filed in California and one filed in New York by then attorney general Eric Schneiderman The many petitioners claim that they were swindled out of sums of up to 60,000 dollars in exchange for courses that were essentially worthless What do we think Innocent or guilty MAN IN CROWD You gotta admit there s a lot of evidence.WOMAN IN CROWD I read the playbook when the judge ruled that it could be released Disgusting.SECOND MAN IN CROWD But let s not get ahead of ourselves I need to hear the other side before I make up my mind And hey, caveat emptor.PROSECUTOR So, what do we want CROWD Due process PROSECUTOR I can t hear you.CROWD DUE PROCESS PROSECUTOR I still can t hear you.CROWD DUE PROCESSA chant starts up One, two, three, fourWe must all respect the law Six, seven, eight, nineStay the right side of the line HILLARY CLINTON Thank you, thank you, thank you See, that s the America I m fighting for A country where the rule of law is paramount, where due process is respected, and where everyone is presumed innocent until they re proven guilty Even Donald Trump I met Scott Turow when he came to visit my college to promote Presumed Innocent , which I thought was a great book at the time I haven t read it in almost 20 years Christ, has it been that long since I was in college , but I remember some of the details in his writing that made him stand out from all the other best selling thriller writers out there, most notably John Grisham Both of them were inevitably compared to each other because of their courtroom settings and knowledge of the legal p I met Scott Turow when he came to visit my college to promote Presumed Innocent , which I thought was a great book at the time I haven t read it in almost 20 years Christ, has it been that long since I was in college , but I remember some of the details in his writing that made him stand out from all the other best selling thriller writers out there, most notably John Grisham Both of them were inevitably compared to each other because of their courtroom settings and knowledge of the legal profession, but Turow was generally trying to do something different than Grisham It s Turow s details his naturalistic dialogue, his attempts to flesh out minor characters, his reflections into the darkness of the human condition that I appreciatedfrom a writer s perspective and that I probably recall better than the actual plot, which was, if I recall correctly, a seemingly run of the mill whodunnit First of all, I wasthan surprised to find out that Turow came before Grisham This book was published in 1987 while Grisham s first novel, A Time to Kill came out a year later, and actually encouraged Grisham to embark on a writing career Presumed Innocent is a well crafted blend of mystery and legal thriller The plot has many twists and turns and the reader is empathizing with Rusty Sabich all the way It has great court room scenes, sharp dialogue, and good character development, filled First of all, I wasthan surprised to find out that Turow came before Grisham This book was published in 1987 while Grisham s first novel, A Time to Kill came out a year later, and actually encouraged Grisham to embark on a writing career Presumed Innocent is a well crafted blend of mystery and legal thriller The plot has many twists and turns and the reader is empathizing with Rusty Sabich all the way It has great court room scenes, sharp dialogue, and good character development, filled with all the saucy human emotions and foibles that fiction readers savor forbidden passion, betrayal, corruption, nasty local politics, and bitter jealousy.Despite continuing on in his writing, this debut novel probably remains as Turow s best 7 10An enjoyable legal thriller that really hits it stride in the courtroom and less so in the bits outside of the courtroom I thought it was an interesting, and quite novel, idea to set the first pages after the murder has occurred and then fill in the blanks as you go along A lot of back story was needed to get the reader up to speed and this is when things were a little slow and sometimes less interesting with the political campaign less absorbing but we know what is just around the corner 7 10An enjoyable legal thriller that really hits it stride in the courtroom and less so in the bits outside of the courtroom I thought it was an interesting, and quite novel, idea to set the first pages after the murder has occurred and then fill in the blanks as you go along A lot of back story was needed to get the reader up to speed and this is when things were a little slow and sometimes less interesting with the political campaign less absorbing but we know what is just around the corner.When the story gets into the courtroom the book was hard to put down The dialogue flowed with ease and there were many times when you were keen to just read that next chapter to find out what was going to happen instead of going to sleep Whilst the solution to the murder and side plots weren t all that great in the end it had some of the best courtroom interrogations I ve read in a long time If only the whole story was as tight as those scenes this would have been much higher rated overall Worth a read if this is a genre you re interested in.If you enjoy this try The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly ( READ E-PUB ) ⚕ Presumed Innocent ♑ Hailed as the most suspenseful and compelling novel in decades Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of all crimes It s the stunning portrayal of one man s all too human, all consuming fatal attraction for a passionate woman who is not his wife, and the story of how his obsession puts everything he loves and values on trial including his own life It s a book that lays bare a shocking world of betrayal and murder, as well as the hidden depths of the human heart And it will hold you and haunt youlong after you have reached its shattering conclusion back cover Book 1 of the Kindle County series.For the most part this was a well constructed courtroom thriller I say for the most part for there were aspects of the book that I had some problems with Much of the dialogue was written in the local vernacular, which is all well and fine if the reader is conversant with the local vernacular but if not it was a bit like reading a foreign language at times.But apart from that, as I said earlier, it s a clever, well constructed courtroom thriller.The premise Book 1 of the Kindle County series.For the most part this was a well constructed courtroom thriller I say for the most part for there were aspects of the book that I had some problems with Much of the dialogue was written in the local vernacular, which is all well and fine if the reader is conversant with the local vernacular but if not it was a bit like reading a foreign language at times.But apart from that, as I said earlier, it s a clever, well constructed courtroom thriller.The premise of the story is based on that old truism, from a male point of view, that is hell hath no fury like a woman scorned You better believe it Rusty Sabich is Kindle County s deputy Public Prosecutor and he has been having a torrid affair with one of his female colleagues When the colleague turns up murdered and some circumstantial evidence seems to point at Rusty the new Chief Prosecutor has Rusty charge with the murder.The ensuing trial I found riveting Watching the defence team at work was quite something The use of verbal language, body language and the addition of some theatrics all this put together makes for a highly entertaining read 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 4.5 stars It was just a little too long Otherwise, this was a stellar reading experience.I m doing a bunch of challenges this year And a couple led me to reading this book, to reading Turow for the first time And I mso grateful for that I might not have gotten around to this otherwise, that would be a shame.This book has been out for over 30 years, made into a movie So there isn t much I can add to the conversation around it I ll just say it s as much a character study as it is a 4.5 stars It was just a little too long Otherwise, this was a stellar reading experience.I m doing a bunch of challenges this year And a couple led me to reading this book, to reading Turow for the first time And I mso grateful for that I might not have gotten around to this otherwise, that would be a shame.This book has been out for over 30 years, made into a movie So there isn t much I can add to the conversation around it I ll just say it s as much a character study as it is a procedural crime story, as much the story of a messy relationship as that of a trial, as introspective as it is cinematic.Also, somehow I guessed the culprit early on just a hunch But the book was so well written that I gave up my guess early on went along for the ride You should, too I m surprised I didn t like this The reader was pretty good, but I just didn t like the way the author wrote There was too much back story dumping irrelevant data that detracted from the main story I might have stuck with it longer, except I didn t like the main character enough. This is a terrific murder mystery, as well as being a fun legal thriller Having spent decades as a lawyer, I often find that books featuring lawyers, the law, and courtroom scenes often contain errors and this one doesn t It completely messes with my suspension of disbelief if in legal fiction, I end up thinking, That wouldn t have been allowed I picked this book up because I recently re watched the movie which I love and there was one area in the movie that while not wrong or impos This is a terrific murder mystery, as well as being a fun legal thriller Having spent decades as a lawyer, I often find that books featuring lawyers, the law, and courtroom scenes often contain errors and this one doesn t It completely messes with my suspension of disbelief if in legal fiction, I end up thinking, That wouldn t have been allowed I picked this book up because I recently re watched the movie which I love and there was one area in the movie that while not wrong or impossible made me cock my head to one side and raise an eyebrow Hmm, I thought I wonder if that s Hollywood or the way it was written Happily, I enjoyed the book very much in addition to getting the answer to my question Hollywood cut one very small scene, which, if included, would have kept my eyebrow firmly in place, but which, honestly, to anyone but a lawyer is really not needed The mystery even though I knew the answer was well played out, the characters were fully fleshed out and the writing was smooth The author does a great job of keeping the legal aspects clear and understandable to the layman.In this story, Rusty Sabich, is a prosecuting attorney When one of his colleagues, Carolyn Polhemus is murdered, he is put in charge of the investigation Rusty is torn, professionally and personally, by Carolyn s death because not too long before the murder, they had had an affair Even worse, every bit of evidence they have about the murderer is pointing to Rusty being the culprit Fantastic stuff.I must say, the Rusty character in the book is not quite the tower of strength Harrison Ford portrays in the movie, but naturally, the book is much richer in details of the different characters motivations and the legal process The movie does an excellent job of rendering the story, but if you want to delve a little deeper, this book will deliver.Highly recommended to lovers of legal thrillers True rating 4.5 stars I recently re read this, and it s still wonderful The writing is sharp and brooding, and the plotting is superb.