Identical [NOOK Book]

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State Senator Paul Giannis is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County. His identical twin brother Cass is newly released from prison, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Dita Kronon. When Evon Miller, an ex-FBI agent who is the head of security for the Kronon family business, and private investigator Tim Brodie begin a re-investigation of Dita's death, a complex web of murder, sex, and betrayal-as only Scott Turow could weave-dramatically unfolds... ...
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Overview

State Senator Paul Giannis is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County. His identical twin brother Cass is newly released from prison, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Dita Kronon. When Evon Miller, an ex-FBI agent who is the head of security for the Kronon family business, and private investigator Tim Brodie begin a re-investigation of Dita's death, a complex web of murder, sex, and betrayal-as only Scott Turow could weave-dramatically unfolds...
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Scott Turow's latest plot twister possesses mythological dimensions, linking a pair of identical twins to a murder involving a daughter of Zeus. One of the twins, Paul Giannis, seems destined to become the mayor of Kindle County; meanwhile, his brother Cass has just been released from prison for the homicide. When the well-heeled brother of the victim implicates Paul in the crime, all bets are suddenly off and for readers, the real fun begins. A vintage Turow legal thriller.

Library Journal
09/01/2013
Best-selling author Turow's (Innocent; Presumed Innocent) personal and professional fascination with identical twins inspired this story, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, of Paul and Cass Giannis and the convoluted relationship between their family and their longtime neighbors the Kronons. In 2008, Paul is running for mayor of Kindle County, while Cass is being released from the penitentiary, having served 25 years for the murder of his girlfriend Dita Kronon. However, Hal Kronon, Dita's grieving brother, hires ex-FBI agent Evon Miller and Tom Brodie, a former homicide detective, to reinvestigate her murder. Dr. Hassam Yavem, an expert in genetic research, conducts a thorough DNA analysis and reveals startling results—unearthing long-buried secrets involving family betrayal, incest, and chilling deceit. VERDICT Turow's well-crafted legalese does nothing to hide the bizarreness of this tale of identical twins. The roller-coaster events that unfold within and between these intertwined families slowly reveal off-the-wall and improbable behaviors. Simply too much to believe. [See Prepub Alert, 4/1/13.]—Jerry P. Miller. Cambridge, MA
Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Turow (Innocent) is not at the top of his game in this contrived whodunit. In 2008, Paul Gianis, an Illinois state senator, is leading in the race to become mayor of Kindle County, but a decades-old tragedy threatens to scuttle his political ambitions. In 1982, Dita Kronon, the girlfriend of his identical twin brother, Cass, was beaten to death. Cass pleaded guilty to the crime, but on his release after 25 years in prison, Dita’s affluent brother, Hal, alleges that Paul was also involved in the murder. Paul files a lawsuit for defamation, hoping to minimize the damage to his political prospects, but he can’t stop Hal’s investigators from unearthing deeply buried secrets. Assured prose (e.g., “Mario Cuomo said you campaign in poetry and govern in prose, but as far as Paul could tell they were both trips to the abattoir, just different entrances”) compensates only in part for an overly intricate solution likely to disappoint even diehard Turow fans. 5-city author tour. Agent: Gail Hochman, Brandt & Hochman. (Oct.)
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"A compulsively readable tale of love, guilt and revenge that may take its cues from the story of Pollux and Castor and other Greek myths but resonates even more strongly with the near-epic Kindle County narrative Turow has created over some three decades. Even when "Identical's" many twists challenge the reader to figure out who's on first, it is Turow's deftly drawn characters - coping with advancing age, old grief and lost love - that linger in the mind."—Los Angeles Times

"Suspense with twists and turns from a master of the form."—Sacramento Bee

"Complexity is the hallmark of Turow's brainy legal thrillers."—USA Today

"Turow has obvious fun with his mythological conceit...the process of discovery takes nice and sometimes unexpected twists. Amid the super modernity of DNA tests, the austerity of case law and the tangles of contemporary politics, Turow never loses sight of the ancient underpinnings of his story...Classic (in more senses than one) Turow."—Kirkus

"A wrenching story of violence, betrayal, and human credibility."—Library Journal

"It's classic Turow: love, lies, and lawyers."—Good Housekeeping

"A tantalizingly tangled web of betrayal, deception and familial love...this twisty who's-who whodunit packs plenty of drama."—Family Circle

"Scott Turow's new novel is the dedicated fiction-reader's version of El Dorado: a driving, unputdownable courtroom drama/murder mystery that is also a literary treasure, written in language that sparkles with clarity and resonates with honest character insight. I came away feeling amazed and fulfilled, as we only do when we read novelists at the height of their powers. Put this one on your don't-miss list." (Praise for Innocent)
Stephen King

Kirkus Reviews
Much-practiced legal proceduralist Turow (Innocent, 2010, etc.) steps onto Joseph Campbell turf in his latest mystery. Turf is everything in the world Zeus Kronon--a charged name, that--has carved out for himself in Kindle County, turf that, of course, figures in Turow's oeuvre as Yoknapatawpha County figures in Faulkner's. Rolling in drachmas, he has just one problem: a wild maenad of a daughter, full name Aphrodite ("There have not been many occasions he has seen Dita when she is not smashed"), who has eyes not just for one of a pair of twin brothers, Paul and Cass Gianis, but both. That spells trouble, as twins in mythology always do. Fast-forward a few decades. Cass has been doing time for her murder, while Paul, "followed by two scrubbed young underlings," re-enters the scene as a legal whiz and rising politico. Enter the Sapphic former FBI agent Evon Miller, who, working for real estate magnate Hal (that is, Herakles) Kronon--and who minds mixing Shakespeare with Aeschylus?--is determined to get to the bottom of whether Cass or Paul did poor Dita in so brutally. It would spoil the story to do more here than whisper the name Medea in what she eventually turns up. Turow has obvious fun with his mythological conceit, giving, for instance, a local GOP power the sonorous, if unlikely, name Perfectus Elder; and if sometimes the joke wears a little thin, the process of discovery takes nice and sometimes unexpected twists. Amid the supermodernity of DNA tests, the austerity of case law and the tangles of contemporary politics (Hal, horrors, even threatening to vote for Obama), Turow never loses sight of the ancient underpinnings of his story, with a conclusion that places Hal, Zeus, Hermione and Aphrodite in the vicinity of Olympus, their true neighborhood. Classic (in more senses than one) Turow.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455527212
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 5,906
  • File size: 562 KB

Meet the Author

Scott Turow is the author of eight best-selling works of fiction including Presumed Innocent and The Burden of Proof, and two non-fiction books including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages, sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into film and television projects. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy, and The Atlantic.

Biography

In addition to writing cinematic legal thrillers like Presumed Innocent (1987), Reversible Errors (2002), and Limitations (2006), lawyer Scott Turow has also drawn upon his personal and professional experience for thought-provoking nonfiction that includes One L (1977), an account of his freshman year at Harvard Law, and Ultimate Punishment (2003), a reflection on capital punishment. His essays and op-ed pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and other distinguished publications. In 2005, he forayed into historical fiction with Ordinary Heroes, an emotionally resonant novel inspired by his father's experiences in World War II. A practicing attorney with experience in both civil and criminal law, Turow has become involved in extensive pro bono work on death penalty cases.

Good To Know

Turow rarely writes his novels in a linear fashion from beginning to end. Instead, he sketches out individual scenes and then figures out where they fit into the grand scheme of a story.

Turow may be a bestselling author who has sold roughly 25 million books worldwide, but this crusading attorney has yet to give up his day job!

Don't let that "F" on your report card deter you from a writing career; just look at Turow, who flunked freshman English in high school, but whose shelves are currently lined with literary awards.

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    1. Hometown:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 12, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Amherst College, 1970; M.A., Stanford University, 1974; J.D., Harvard University, 1978
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  • Posted November 10, 2013

    I am a fan of Scott Turow and was anxious to read this book. But

    I am a fan of Scott Turow and was anxious to read this book. But after reading a few chapters I had a big problem: the murder victim, Dita, was such an unsavory character that I didn't care whodunit. Even though Turow tried to weave an interesting tapestry of lies, twins, coverups, etc., it just never got interesting enough for me to keep reading. Very disappointing. I gave it two starts for also adding political corruption to the mix.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Suspenseful, interesting, different

    What a GREAT book!!!!! You will not be able to put it down. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, you REALLY don't. Highly recommend.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Interesting, but not compelling

    The story line started in an engaging manner, but quickly got mired down in many scientific details. I LOVE science and technical information, but somehow Turow's incorporation of these elements into this mystery slowed the tempo and almost immediately gave away the crux of the book.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    It´s Bad book of the history.

    It´s Bad book of the history.

    7 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2013

    This is an interesting story of identical twins and the depth of

    This is an interesting story of identical twins and the depth of love that drives them to an extreme sacrifice. The story also centers on the first layer of American Greek culture and family. The person responsible for the death Dita is not revealed under the end of the novel, but I had already guesses the culprit. The story becomes a little confusing after Cass is released from prison, and the reader slowly learns of the twin’s deception. Also, a few of the characters have similar names, which provides more confusion. The facts seem to waiver, especially on the children of Lidia. The prime investigator, Tim Brody, seems ready to sink into a chair and die at any time. The story does not flow well.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    not so highly

    UNLIKE THE PREVIOUS NOVEL, THIS BOOK HAS A GREAT DEAL OF ATTENTION PLAYED TO DNA, WHICH SLOWS THE ACTION PAINFULLY.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Enjoyed earlier books more

    Plot seemed to plod along with predicable outcomes. I enjoyed his earler books. This lacked something for me.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

    Always a good read this book doesn't disapoint. This author was

    Always a good read this book doesn't disapoint. This author was blessed with a wonder father who was my dr. 
    If not for him I would never had my children. That is where my interest started with this author and I was glad I read his books. You will enjoy each of his books and want more!!!

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    A good read.

    Scott Turow knows how to spin a good yarn, and his latest thriller is full of twists and turns. A good read.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Did not grab me

    Just did not grab me....not a page turner. Was not drawn in. Abandoned the book at the half way point.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Good Book

    Highly enjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    An intriguing story

    I enjoyed the book. It was quite well written, as is customary for Turow. The story is interesting and complex, to the point of confusion at times, with its array of characters and their varied conflicts. Although the overall plot is quite good, I don't consider this to be Turow's best.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Somewhat recommend

    I was frankly not that impressed with this Scott Turow. An interesting concept but not that well executed. Turow did not make me really care about these characters or what happened to them. It had an interesting signature Turow twist at the end but by the time I got there, I really didn't care, I just wanted to finish the book and move on to something more interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Unexpected twists- astounding revelations. A must-read.

    Have always enjoyed Turow and IDENTICAL was no exception. Well written, plot well laid out and thick as cold molasses. It kept me guessing all they way to the reveal. For all lovers of good mysteries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2013

    recommend

    Interesting.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    twists and turns

    Loved being constantly surprised

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    Avoid this one

    Scott Turow's ideas about how far the police can go in solving a murder via DNA are off the wall. Do identical twins have the same exact DNA? We are told that it is extremely difficult to DNA identicals even though they may be taller, smaller or have other physical traits differ. I find this to be captivating, but looking at it logically, those other traits would skew the DNA process. The section on DNA from a 'world renowned' expert is interesting, but it can't carry the whole book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    I had to force myself to complete this book.  It never grabbed m

    I had to force myself to complete this book.  It never grabbed me.  I read 2-3 books a week and this one left me cold

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Meh

    Meh

    1 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Not worth the time.

    I have read Innocent and Presumed Innocent both very good. This-no. It's almost as if someone else wrote this and he allowed them to use his name. It rambles aimlessly and the end is no surprise. Most especially I'm not interested in having someones entire political agenda attack me throughout the book. If it were possible to have my time and money back...

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