Presumed Innocent

Scott Turow ( gives us Rusty Sabich. He is chief deputy prosecuting attorney in a large mid-western city. His boss is in the midst of a bitter campaign for re-election. A fellow prosecuting attorney, Carolyn Polhemus, has been brutally murdered. Rusty is handling the investigation– and he needs results. Before election day. Before his illicit affair with Carolyn is uncovered. Election day brings a new prosecuting attorney into office. A political enemy who wants Rusty out. A man whose own secret investigation has revealed Rusty’s relationship with Carolyn. A man who takes Rusty off the case– and charges him with murder. Rusty now faces a long battle in court. Each side will twist the evidence to win its case, and try any procedural ploy, any courtroom trick that might ensure victory. Rusty’s ordeal will uncover corruption, deceit, depravity and incompetence, and will keep you spellbound. Who did kill Carolyn Polhemus?

Brought to the screen in 1990 with Harrison Ford, Raul Julia, and Greta Scacchi.( Available on DVD at


Scott Turow

432 pages in Penguin paperback edition.

ISBN 978-0141049212

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