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by Scott Turow

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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


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...

Editorial Reviews

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.)
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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"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

Library Journal
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

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Meet the Author

Scott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, including Identical, Innocent, Presumed Innocent, and The Burden of Proof, and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.

Brief Biography

Chicago, Illinois
Date of Birth:
April 12, 1949
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
B.A. in English, Amherst College, 1970; M.A., Stanford University, 1974; J.D., Harvard University, 1978

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Identical 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BBLB More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
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.
GS74 More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot seemed to plod along with predicable outcomes. I enjoyed his earler books. This lacked something for me.
pms47 More than 1 year ago
Highly enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
LylaB More than 1 year ago
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.
AlainDC More than 1 year ago
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.
ybdude1936 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just did not grab me....not a page turner. Was not drawn in. Abandoned the book at the half way point.
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jws1 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely horrible; he used to be run of the mill in the genre, but this and recent efforts have become so progressively biased to the political left that Its embarassing.  I can't understand why all of the liberal progressive former lawyers have to include gay characters, whining complaints about political financing etc etc and continue to promulgate their support the failues of Obaman and thier love for a convicted felon.  
CMKmom More than 1 year ago
Fairly good story line - made way too much of the "twinness" and less of the story which was sort of off-putting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was good if you can get past the beginning. Lots of characters and a bit confusing, but worth it in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring, dry and I did not finish this book.
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gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
This is the story of two families of Greek heritage, intertwined in more ways than one would think possible, over a couple of generations: The Kronon family, and the Giannis family, the latter including Paul Giannis, just over 50 and a state senator now running for mayor, and his identical twin brother, Cass, a former Kindle County cop who as the book opens is about to be released from prison after serving twenty-five years after having confessed to the murder of his then-girlfriend, Dita Kronon, in September of 1982. Needless to say, that event had radically affected each member of both families. Dita was a very volatile young woman, and the romance had been fraught with problems: The twins’ mother, Lidia, then 63, had made it known that if the two got married, their father would never speak to him again, as there had been very bad blood between the men for 20 years. Dita’s brother, Hal, a very wealthy businessman, convinced that both brothers were involved in his sister’s death, hires Evon Miller, a young woman who is a former FBI agent, and Tim Brodie, now an 81-uear-old p.i. and the homicide cop who had handled the original investigation, to thoroughly re-examine all aspects of the murder, something never done once Cass had confessed, and to then convince a judge to re-open the investigation. Early on, when much of the p.o.v. is generally that of Evon and Tim, the reader’s sympathy lies less with their boss, Hal, and more with the twins. The book moves in a leisurely manner, the murder having taken place over twenty-five years ago, and its attempted painstaking reconstruction, over a period of a few months, with the p.o.v. moving from one of the main characters to another in present time. There are forays into the past at pivotal points in the book, perfectly placed for maximum sustained suspense, slowly bringing the reader the truth of what actually transpired on the fateful day. The characters are very well-drawn, the courtroom scenes of course beautifully done, and the investigation and the secrets it uncovers fascinating. The novel is described as a complex web of murder, sex and betrayal – what more can one ask? The author has an undisputed history of well-deserved bestsellers to his credit. He continues to tell a helluva story, and the novel is recommended.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like a book about non-heterosexual women and their thought processes this might be the book for you. It was not for me. I did not get very far before I deleted the book from my reader. I do not recommend this book.
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