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Now available in trade paperback, "Presumed Innocent" brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of crimes. Prosecutor Rusty Sabich is transformed from accuser to accused when he is handed an explosive case--that of the brutal murder of a woman who happens to be his former lover.
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Raymond Hogan is running for re-election to the Kindle County Prosecutor's office. He is challenged by Nico Della Guardia, who is winning the race.
Rusty Sabich is Hogan's deputy prosecutor and the narrator of the story. When Carolyn Polhemus, a prosecutor on their staff, is found raped and murdered, Hogan asks Rusty to run the investigation. The investigation goes slowly. Nico uses the slowness and the fact that the Prosecutor can't find a murderer of someone who worked with him, to gain more popularity in the polls.
Rusty conveys how cold and uncaring his wife, Barbara, had become. Not only avoiding him, when Barbara found that Rusty was going to run the investigation into Carolyn's death, she had known that Rusty had been seeing Carolyn and Barbara asks Rusty to move out of the house.
In the first segment of the novel, we follow Rusty's involvement with Carolyn and how she became the aggressor in the relationship but then suddenly ended their affair. When she avoids Rusty but then starts seeing Hogan, Rusty becomes withdrawn. Later, when Rusty is investigating the case, Hogan admits that he was also sleeping with Carolyn. The political race goes badly for Hogan, partly due to the slow moving investigation.
This section ends with a very cinematic and suspenseful scene in Raymond Hogan's office. Hogan conveys that he will be leaving his office almost immediately and then an arrogant Tommy Motto, who is Nico's second in command, tells Rusty that they will be inditing him and he, Motto, has evidence that Rusty was in Carolyn's home on the night of her murder.
The next part of the novel depicts the court case. Sandy Stern is a masterful defense attorney for Rusty and he becomes a father figure and like an old, knowledgeable professor. Rusty is also helped by Dan Lipanzer, a police investigator, who had been his friend for years.Other than that, Rusty's old friends shun him. When Hogan becomes a witness against Rusty, it is almost as if Rusty's oldest friend has betrayed him.
Venkatesh Jakkur edited the characters of Presumed Innocent Friday, February 8, 2013.