Set in America, this story draws on crime, police procedure and the courtroom. The central character, working in the State Prosecutor's office of a large American city, is investigating the murder of one of his colleagues, a woman.
'One thing is certain: if you start Presumed Innocent you will finish it - it grips like an octopus, and Scott Turow unwinds the plot with brilliant cat-and-mouse meanness.'
'Who killed Carolyn, the beautiful, opportunistic and successful deputy prosecuting attorney whose dead body is found nude and bound in her fashionable apartment? ...Was it rape and murder or a premeditated crime? ...From page one, the book consciously transcends the murder-mystery genre, combining whodunit suspense with an elegant style and philosophical voice.'
The New York Times Book Review