Scott Turow is my favorite "lawyer" novelist, in fact he is one of my favorite novelists period. Paul & Cassian Gianis are accused by a longtime family friend for a crime neither committed are now required to prove their innocence. He has fre. She is well drawn, but the star of the book is Tim Brodie, an 81-year-old private investigator and one of Turow’s most appealing creations. But did the right one go to prison? Time of the Season by the Zombies, 1968, This book was disappointing. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. There was some at the end, actually moving in the instance of the 82 year old detective, but it came late in the read. Identical is actually a pretty good courtroom drama, when it's in the courtroom. Scott Turow practiced law before turning his attention to fiction writing. Twenty-five years later, when Cass was released from prison, the story really begins. He wonders of an older woman “what illusions made her put on stretch pants.”. Turow, one of the two or the best American crime writers, does a fairly good job exposing us to advanced DNA work using, appropriately, two identical twins that are supposed to have the same DNA. (We could have done without getting to know less important characters -- the lawyers, etc.). The best way I can fairly review this book is to tell you seven things that it is not. But the suit is implausible. Paul and Cass Gianis. Identical (Kindle County Legal Thriller #9). Turow, who kept his attorney day job, has had a third the number of bestsellers to Grisham in the intervening near quarter-century. Identical by Scott Turow is an Oct.15, 2013 publication by Grand Central Publishing. His legal thrillers include Personal Injuries and The Burden of Proof. Much-practiced legal proceduralist Turow (Innocent, 2010, etc.) Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Start by marking “Identical (Kindle County Legal Thriller #9)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Rosecrans Baldwin's latest book is Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down. Turow knows the law, knows politics, knows Chicago. From the beginning, it was clear that Cass had killed his girlfriend, Diti. In 1982, Cass’s girlfriend Dita Kronon (a nickname for Aphrodite), also a member of a Greek family, is murdered and Cass is strongly implicated in the crime. Here, a murder occurred, but 25 years ago, and nothing premeditated or even really intentional. The prolific and beloved author John Grisham, known for his courtroom thrillers, is back this month with a new pageturner, A Time for Mercy,... To see what your friends thought of this book. The killer is revealed in the book, but not legally punished. I always felt he was trying too hard after the phenomenal success of his first book. Identical twins, where the majority of the people could not tell them apart, schemed & succeeded in deceiving everyone for over 25 years. After reading Presumed Innocent, I read all Turow's subsequent novels thinking, just maybe, he might write another as good as that first novel. The patriarch hosting the party is Zeus Kronon; his daughter is Dita, short for Aphrodite. But this candidate’s advisers prefer the courtroom to the television set, reasoning that “elections are about myths, about making them think you’re a god, not a mortal.” Such random references to mythology run through the book, and they can be heavy-handed. Hal, the heir to his father's vast fortune, lost his sister when she was in her early twenties, murdered in her bed. When one of the boys, Cass, becomes involved with the tempestuous Dita, the daughter of a very successful man, Zeus, Lidia is unhappy. He long ago proved that he is a fine stylist whose sly, grave sentences are merciless tools for probing a criminal justice system unequal to the task of sorting out responsibility for human frailty. Cass and Paul are identical twins. “Identical”, the title referring to twins who wind up impersonating each other, hardly an original thought, revolves around a 25-year-old murder for which one of the twins, Cass, pled guilty and served the long prison term. But you know that life burned this hole in your heart and it's not going to heal.”. Turow hits a magical space between literary fiction and mystery. In identical, he plays a written version of clue stacking up the suspects and dismissing them routinely until his has consumed. Cass has just gotten out of prison after serving 25 years for killing his girlfriend. Meanwhile, the other brother, Paul, has become a very successful lawyer who is now. In my case, I read the book on a Kindle, and it often compelled me to turn my e-reader off. When it comes, it's like reaching the destination of a place you never wanted to be in the first place, but yet you can say, the long drive is over. I will safely say now that while I know this is nowhere near the end of the line for Turow, it is for me. There are frequent references to twins in mythology, Shakespeare and the Bible, in what seems an attempt to give more heft to a perfectly good thriller, though one that takes a little time getting airborne. Turow hits a magical space between literary fiction and mystery. This latest one, “Identical,” is stuffed with so many themes and reversals that readers may end up feeling the way you do after a long family meal with too much talk and food: disoriented, logy and a little nostalgic. But in my case, the book simply didn't meet a standard that Turow had established in my mind. Turow has many gifts. Since at this time Paul was running for mayor, and Hal was very rich, Hal sponsored an advertisement blitz, accusing Paul of "something". The stew gets awfully rich. I don't know if that's unfair, but it is true. Scott Turow does a masterful job of blending different narrative points of view, leading readers on a twisting, dizzying ride. Upon his release, brother Paul is running for mayor when the murder victim’s brother starts running negativ. Finally, Identical is not terrible. “For those familiar with the myth,” Turow explains in an afterword, “the parallels between it and my story should be plain, as is the fact that I did not allow the old tale to be any more than a fabric on which I did my own embroidery.”. A young woman is murdered in her own bed, and a sentence is served. Twenty-five years later, when the indicted, Cass, is about to get out of prison, the victim's brother, Hal, accuses the other brother, Paul, of also being involved in the murder. I have enjoyed each of Scott Turow’s nine novels, starting with “Presumed Innocent.” He and John Grisham have had parallel careers for me. “I’ve been in enough courtrooms to know once you file, you lose all control,” he says. Now after reading his latest, identical, I'm thinking maybe that first one really wasn't all that good either. Secrets carefully plucked from an addled mind lend credence to another possibility. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. One might wish “Identical” more streamlined, but that would not do justice to the bustling landscape that is Kindle County. ["What's your name? He is particularly good at showing how judges use minor rulings to nudge a case to their preferred outcome. Elsewhere, the narrative bounces among several characters’ perspectives, which gives it a jumpy and inconsistent quality, one heightened by questions about the twins’ identities.

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