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Scott Turow brings back a classic

May 2, 2010 | 11:12 am

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In 1987, Scott Turow became a household name with the publication of his first novel, "Presumed Innocent." Not only did the Chicago-area lawyer have a bestseller on his hands; Hollywood came calling, and Harrison Ford starred as Rusty Sabich, the lawyer accused of murdering a female colleague with whom he'd been having an affair.

Now, after eight other books, including his nonfiction story of grappling with the death penalty, Turow has brought back Rusty Sabich in "Innocent," which officially hits shelves next week. It's eight years later, and Sabich, bruised from his last brush with the law, finds himself in trouble again. In this Sunday's Times, Turow talks to Scott Martelle about the beginnings of the new book:

"When you write books, something grabs at you, and it's often years later that you understand what it is you're trying to do, and what it is that's moving you," Turow says. "For whatever reason, it felt like I just needed to check back in with this guy."...

"I had this Post-it note that had been sitting on my desk for days which said that 'A man is sitting on a bed in which the body of a dead woman lies,' " Turow says. "It was something I was going to write down and keep in a notebook.

That Post-it note became the seed of "Innocent." Read complete article on Scott Turow and his new book here.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Scott Turow. Credit: Jeremy Lawson / Grand Central Publishing


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