Presumed Innocent (英語) マスマーケット – 2011/4/5
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Hailed as the most suspenseful and compelling novel in decades, PRESUMED INNOCENT brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of all crimes. It's the stunning portrayal of one man's all-too-human, all-consuming fatal attraction for a passionate woman who is not his wife, and the story of how his obsession puts everything he loves and values on trial--including his own life. It's a book that lays bare a shocking world of betrayal and murder, as well as the hidden depths of the human heart. And it will hold you and haunt you...long after you have reached its shattering conclusion.
Rusty Sabich 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. 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 keep you spellbound. Who did kill Carolyn Polhemus?
The book(thanks to its format) provides a LOT of detail that could not be preserved in the movie. Some of the examples (without spoilers) would be what happened AFTER the trial to some of the relationships of Rusty, the... more complicated and plausible character development of some of the main crew like Lipranzer, Sandy Stern and Larren Lyttle... and also, the book provides clear motivations for the characters like Kumagai, Lyttle and Horgan.
I watched the movie over three times and it sure was one of the better movies I've ever seen, but the book never stopped surprising me, how much better it was compared to the already good movie. The only part that I think the movie can be claimed is better is possibly the ending... where it conjures a kind of cinematic drama, but even there, not by much. The book is much drier, more real, and... again, just better, overall.
The story is narrated by the suspect, a man who knows the system well and is faced with the daunting prospect of being both the sccused and the investigator working side by side with his lawyer to discredit the prosecution's case against him.
Turow lives the reader hanging by a thread until the very last page while also providing a very nuanced and chilling psychological pořtrait of a man's struggle with his past, his inner demons and the overwhelming force of lust.
The unexpected ending really caught me off guard, and made the entire read almost worth it.