Trials and twists

Rehna Karim
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MYSTERY While narrating the story from four different perspectives, the author skilfully explores human relationships and emotions. Rehna Karim

Ten years since Turow's Presumed Innocent, the sequel Innocent just got bigger and better. The book opens with the shocking but classic scene of Rusty sitting by the bed of his dead wife, Barbara. The accused and the victim are introduced. Rusty would sit for long contemplating about calling his son or the police. Rusty's old rival Tommy Molto is in charge of the case, along with his chief deputy, Jim Brand. Does Rusty have a hand in this murder? Is there another woman involved? Perhaps an affair?

Flash back

Rewind 22 years back, 39-year-old Rusty Sabich went on the Polhemus trial where he was accused of the murder of his lover and colleague, Carolyn Polhemus. Rusty Sabich will always be remembered for the unbelievable twist of events that blew out the whole case.

Presumed Innocent itself seemed like a masterpiece that cannot be replicated. Innocent features four separate perspectives, from Rusty to his son Nat, a budding law professor, Molto and Rusty's senior clerk Anna Vostic.

What interested me the most was Nat's character. Nat is blissfully ignorant about many things and this puts some facts in full view, while the story depends on Nat's wilful blackouts on certain aspects. The plot starts off slowly, which allows you to sink into the characters as the author introduces them. Turow is a pro in creating electric courtroom exchanges, the twist and counter-twist. The last minute revelation turns everything on its head. Turow has a fine way with his words. He keeps you rooted to the story right from the opening lines.

The novel is more complex in its making. It explores the human relationships and emotions. There are trials, twists and so much more to be savoured from this novel.

Rehna is a M.Sc. Visual Communication student at Loyola College.

Title: INNOCENT Author: Scott Turow Publisher: Hachette Price: £5.99