From Amazon ~
The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark bestseller Presumed Innocent, INNOCENT continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, twenty years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty’s wife.
My review ~
Twenty years have passed, and here we are again. Rusty Sabich has once again been accused of murder. This time it’s not his mistress who they’re claiming he killed, but the wife he’d been married to for over 30 years. One morning Rusty wakes up to find his wife dead beside him in bed. Does he call the police? Coroner? His son? Not right away – and not for the first 24 hours. Why? Is he spending the time concealing evidence, or is he just in a state of shock?
Rusty Sabich has come a long way since he was a married chief deputy prosecutor accused of the rape and murder of the colleague he had an affair with (see Presumed Innocent.) While he is not convicted of the horrific act, the reader is left wondering – Did he or didn’t he do it? Fast forward twenty years and Rusty is the Chief Judge for the Appellate Court for Kindle County. He is also a candidate for the state Supreme Court in the next year’s election, not to mention turning the big 6-0. He and Barbara are still married, although not very happily. Barbara suffers from severe depression and just about anything can set her off. With all of this going on, Rusty once again makes the fatal mistake of turning to someone else for comfort. And with love, lust, and deceit comes sadness, destruction, and devastation.
Nat, Barbara & Rusty’s son, is a lawyer as well. He prefers to teach law rather than practice. Growing up in a tense, emotionally charged home has left him quiet, distant and aloof. But will finding the right girl and falling in love bring him back to the land of the living? Anna is the woman that Nat falls in love with. She also happens to be Rusty’s former law clerk. She initially fights her attraction to Nat, but soon realizes she can’t go against what every fiber of her being is telling her. But could the secret she holds destroy both of their lives forever? Jim Brand is now the chief deputy prosecutor of Kindle County with an ax to grind and bite on Rusty’s a** sharper than any pit bull with a bone. He will stop at nothing to put Rusty in jail once and for all. But just how far will he go? Will he cross that line? Is this deja vu all over again? Finally, Tommy Molto is back as the acting prosecuting attorney. When Brand comes to him with the news that Sabich’s wife is dead, and at first deeming to be from natural causes, Tommy won’t take the bait. Brand just knows there is more to the story and pushes Tommy until he caves, but warns him to proceed discreetly and with caution. No one, not even Tommy with a new wife and baby, wants a repeat of twenty years ago. They’re either going to let it go or nail his butt to the wall. Tommy will not be shamed again, especially by Rusty Sabich.
So begins a tale of intrigue, romance, lies, betrayal, sex, murder, lust, and intense courtroom scenes that will completely capture your attention. Your opinion on whether or not Rusty is guilty to see-saw back and forth with every question asked. What I loved most about this book was how well it kept me guessing about not only whether or not Sabich did the murder, but also whether or not he will be convicted of the crime – this time! Rusty has an explanation for every single shred of “evidence” that the prosecution has. But is the explanation the truth, or just clever, yet completely plausible answers to cover up what really happened to his wife. The stunning conclusion will have you wondering if for once you’ve been told the truth, or if you’ve been lied to once again.