by Scott Turow

Gail Reid: More than 20 years after the best-selling blockbuster "Presumed Innocent", Scott Turow returns with a sequel "Innocent". Attorney Rusty Sabich found innocent of murdering a female colleague/lover in the first book is now a judge running for State Supreme Court. Rusty's wife of 36 years, Barbara, suffers from bi-polar disorder, sometimes uncontrolled by medication. The marriage, already impaired by actions twenty years earlier, suffers greatly. When Barbara dies suddenly of natural causes, Rusty waits 24 hours before notifying their only son, also a lawyer, and the police.

The same prosecutor from the original book, Tommy Molto, and his legal henchman suspect that Rusty has successfully poisoned his wife and may get away with murder a second time. Sabich has risen to the top of his profession but he is no wiser than in the first book. An affair with a former law clerk during the previous year is assumed to be a contributing factor. Murder, affairs, and family dysfunction are the guts of this legal procedural. Why attorneys and judges do what they do is exhaustingly covered in this courtroom drama. I enjoyed "Presumed Innocent" so much, back in the day, that I did not mind that I was number 249 for the new book at the library. Was it worth the wait? Not really. Still a good mystery - lots of twists and turns and a very good ending, but not the page turner I longed for . Sometimes, you can't go home again.
Rating: ****

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