Welcome back to Kindle County, where skies are generally gray, the truth is seldom simple, and the partners of a top-drawer corporate law firm are counting on one world-weary attorney to save them from front-page scandal and financial ruin.
When Gage & Griswell's star litigator suddenly disappears - along with $5.6 million of its most important client's money - the assignment of locating both goes to Mack Malloy, a 50ish ex-cop, almost ex-drunk, and partner-on-the-wane at G&G. Mack's search takes him into the treacherous inner sanctum of his firm and through the shadowy heart of the city itself, on a path that soon runs him up against his longtime nemesis - the odious Pigeyes - as he plucks the threads of a dangerous web of corruption, deceit, and murder.
An edge-of-the-chair journey into an ominous and enthralling world, Pleading Guilty is at once a brilliantly constructed puzzle, a relentlessly entertaining character study, and as suspenseful a story as any listener could want - a masterpiece of midwestern menace that could come only from Scott Turow.
"Though every element of the novel is polished and professional, the charisma of Mack's narration is its triumph. Add that to a taut, twist-filled plot, expert pacing, colorful and well-rendered supporting characters, and an appealing whiff of larceny, and Turow surpasses Grisham hands down." (Publishers Weekly)
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All in all, not so great.
Yes. I think that Robert Petkoff is wonderful. I have already searched his work on the Audible site, and will listen to a couple of his other narrations. It is Scott Turow that I have more reservations about. He can certainly write, but the plot of this book is just plain incomprehensible. There are so many paragraphs of exposition towards the end of the book, it is almost as if he knows how confusing the whole thing is. In the acknowledgements he thanks a number of people. I find it hard to believe that none of these people told him the truth: that the story in the book is, as a whole, fine, but in the details it is a gigantic mess.
I don't know where I would start. This is a very good question, though. There is the material and the style to create a book that is understandable and suspenseful, and fun to read. But what we have here is so doubled- and tripled-back that it adds up to nonsense. There are some good characters, like the protagonist Melloy and his lawyer/sometime girlfriend Brushy. However, there are so many other characters and plot twists that the whole thing is like a huge tangle of yarn, so to speak. Sorry, I really didn't intend that one. In any case, you could cut out at least a third of the material and the story would be much better, much less confusing, and more believable.
Hard to have a favorite when I didn't really like the book, but I guess Melloy will have to serve. He is a neurotic mess and something of a sociopath. The book is his story, in the form of a dictation that is wholly unnecessary, that doesn't move the plot in any way, and is just one of many of the things that could be tossed out. It would accomplish one of my favorite things: addition by subtraction. You could just simply tell the story, for heaven's sake.
No. No one would understand it.
No. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
- Richard Delman