Folly. After two decades, Scott Turow has written a sequel to his 1987 debut novel, Presumed Innocent, titled Innocent. A familiar set of characters return, including Rusty Sabich, Tommy Molto, and Sandy Stern. At any age, a distraction into folly can lead any of us astray. Despite his maturity and prominence as chief appellate judge, Rusty Sabich can still submit to folly, and he does, leading to his trial for the murder of his wife, Barbara. Tommy Molto returns as reluctant prosecutor, prodded by his protégé, Jim Brand, who would like Molto’s job. While Sandy Stern is ill, he still performs courtroom virtuosity like no one else. Additional characters include Rusty’s son, Nat, and Anna Vostic, Rusty’s former law clerk. Turow’s writing is outstanding, his plot turns clever, and his fictional insights about marriage and late middle age may resonate with any readers of that age.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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