Presumed Innocent

Scott Turow writes an engrossing book based on love, obsession, and the legal system. In the beginning the protagonist character, Rusty Sabich, a District Prosecuting Attorney (P.A.) begins the story in first person speaking about what is expected of him as a P.A. His voice gives reason that he is unhappy and lacks faith in the legal system. Rusty has been accused of a horrible crime, rape and murder. Turow\'s story depicts a typical situation of a person being set up. The ending will ravish your outlook on love and infidelity.

Rusty speaks of his sorrow for a peer who has been raped and murdered. Her name is Carolyn Polhemus. She was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Kindle County. She was known to excel in her job of prosecuting rapist and her reputation became that of a slut. Raymond Horgan, the acting P.A. and Rusty Sabichs\' boss asks him personally to investigate her murder. Rusty and his co-worker, Lipranzer Lip, talk over the case and decide that it would be best to start with the men that Carolyn had put behind bars. This inquiry led them to a missing file, dubbed the B file, meaning bribery. The B file becomes a crucial twist to the plot.

Rusty is seeing a psychiatrist. The first session that Turow reveals is that of Rusty talking of his affair with Carolyn Palhemus. He goes back in time as he discusses his compulsive, obsession for her. They began their affair after they won the case of a young boy who was brutally abused by his own mother. The book gives explicit, erotic details of their sexual encounters together. Carolyn ends the affair with Rusty because she can not talk him into pushing Raymond to the side and running for office himself. This change in professional status for Rusty would in turn give Carolyn the chance to move up in the ranks. Rusty does not deal with the break up and continues to persue Carolyn at the office and via telephone. He did not want the affair to end, nor would he have left his wife for her. Rusty confessed to his wife, Barbara that he was having an affair with Carolyn Polyhemus, but that it had ended.

The fingerprint report is back and the prints belong to Rusty. There several phone calls from Rusty\'s home to Carolyn\'s home. Lip also told him that the pathology results lead to type A blood and type A semen and that the person was sterile. Rusty made the comment that he is type A and Lip said that he thought about that; however, Rusty has a son. The evidence against Rusty is taking a huge toll on the election of Rusty\'s boss, Raymond Horgan. Raymond Horgan, a knoble man, looses the election to a man who used to work him, Nicco Della Guardia, an unfare, dirty player. Rusty\'s house is searched and tests are performed on carpet and coat fibers. Rusty\'s wife is surprisingly very strong and supportive for Rusty. Shortly after the results come in Rusty is arrested for the rape and murder of Carolyn Polhemus. He hires the best and most expensive Defense Attorney in town, Sandy Stern. In the mean time, Lip has found that the B file leads to a criminal named Leon who had Carolyn as a probation officer. Raymond finds out about Rusty\'s affair with Carolyn and Rusty finds out about Raymond\'s affair with Carolyn. Rusty is stunned and Raymond is pissed-off. Rusty, being Raymonds right-hand-man for twelve years, is furious when he learns that Raymond plans to testify against him since he withheld the fact that he had an affair with Carolyn. Raymond gave Caroloyn a case that she wasn\'t necessarily qualified for. He gave in to her like the all the other men did. Carloyn was a seasoned bitch.

Turow never gives out the identity of the murderer; however, throughout the trial he leads you to believe that it is Rusty. The trial begins and right away the biggest piece of evidence is missing, the beer glass containing Rusty\'s fingerprints which was removed from Carolyn\'s apartment. The fingerprint expert is allowed to testify even though the glass itself is missing from the evidence room. The evidence presented of the carpet fibers