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Followup to 'Presumed Innocent' just as mystifying

"Innocent" by Scott Turow; 978-0-446-56242-3; Pages: 406; $27.99; May 2010; hardcover; fiction; Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group.

You saw the movie, "Presumed Innocent," you read the book 23 years ago, and maybe you wondered what happened to the characters' lives in the span of time since then.

Scott Turow in "Innocent" has brought you up to date in the lives of the main characters from his previous book.

Oh, you did not read that book? Never saw the movie? So, you do not have a clue as to what has transpired since "Presumed Innocent" because you were born after 1987. Have no fear.

This latest mystery takes you back in the first 150 pages to times gone by. The characters are re-introduced, and some new ones are added. However, Rusty Sabich, the main character who was a former attorney, is now the chief appellate judge and is the main suspect in the death of his wife, Barbara. His old nemesis, Tommy Molto, who unsuccessfully prosecuted him for killing his mistress decades earlier, is back with the aid of his chief deputy prosecuting attorney to weave another tale of suspense and mystery.

It is election time for Rusty, who seeks a higher court. He has an affair with a former law clerk and also has a breach of judicial ethics by failing to contact authorities until 24 hours after the death of his wife, which raises suspicion that he may have poisoned her.

Once the foundation is laid, in true lawyerly fashion, the pace picks up speed so that you are literally spellbound turning the pages eagerly to see new revelations. Updated with the use of today's technology, we explore DNA, computer manipulations and some uniquely sophisticated forensics.

When you read this book, you will get an in-depth education as to the up-to-date techniques employed by super-sleuth scientific experts, and those seen on television will become more meaningful. The "CSI" and "NCIS" shows demonstrate only some of the things about how this new breed of crime solvers operates. "Innocent" goes beyond these popular shows with logical methodology, and then very carefully, pulls the rug right out from under you when you least expect it!

What makes this book outstanding is that in true Turow fashion, the reader is entertained, mystified and very surprised at the twist of events when finishing this book. As you could have guessed by now, this book is highly recommended as an excellent summer read.

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Clark Isaacs is an accomplished book critic who is published in local newspapers and national book review lists. He is a faculty member of Mohave Community College in Kingman. Visit http://clarkisaacs.ning com.