Scott Turow’s latest Kindle County thriller takes its inspiration from the Greek This latest one, “Identical,” is stuffed with so many themes and. Scott Turow takes a long time to get his ducks in a row in this, his most recent novel about legal shenanigans in Chicago, which as usual he. Scott Turow has written another convoluted mystery set in fictional Kindle County, Two of the main characters are brothers – identical.

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The story opens as one identical twin, Paul Giannis is nearing the home stretch of his mayoral campaign just as the other twin Cassian is ending his 25 year stretch in prison for the murder of his girl friend Dita Kronon.

While its crucial McGuffin — that Paul sues Hal after the latter starts running adverts accusing the prospective mayor of murdering his sister — is unlikely in the extreme, the courtroom scenes come alive. Paul, who is an attorney, defends Cass and cops a plea on his behalf for twenty-five years in a minimum security prison.

The novel tells the story of two identical twin brothers, Paul and Cass Gianis. The plot turns on Hal’s efforts to get the police involved and Paul’s efforts to put a lid on it. Paul and Cass Gianis are identical twins from a large Greek family. Turow is sharp as ever with dialogue, clever with legal arguments and positioning. Cass has just gotten out of prison after serving 25 years for killing his girlfriend.

Ewbank rated it really liked it Shelves: Paul is running for mayor and Hal, the brother of Dita, announces that Paul was also responsible for the murder of Dita. Identical by Scott Turow. I didn’t see that at all.

‘Identical’ Stumbles Outside The Courtroom

At the base of it is a pair of twins, one of whom goes tyrow prison for murdering his then girlfriend. People often ignore what is in plain sight, right in front of their nose. Identical is based loosely on the Greek myth of Castor and Pollux.


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IDENTICAL by Scott Turow | Kirkus Reviews

It was well written, although not exceptional and is drawn out a bit at times. The idehtical experience is kind of kaleidoscopic. So Cass served his sentence and is back home. Disclaimer added as required by the FTC. It should be noted however, that all the characters are well developed, with very little stereotyping.

For the first hundred pages or so, while Turow is fleshing out the dramatis personaethe reader suspects that the plot may unfold to reveal that the wrong brother went to prison. View all 5 comments.

Indeed, the plot could be seen as a retelling of a Greek myth – I hesitate to say which one, lest it be too spoilery.

Book Review: ‘Identical,’ By Scott Turow : NPR

Eighty-one and studying Shakespeare and understanding it, too. I’m not a regular Turow reader, but I know that he sets most of his books in the fictional “Kindle County. Cass is about to be released from prison, having served a year sentence for murdering his girlfriend.

View all 11 comments. I had to suspend disbelief on one aspect of the mysteries, but otherwise it fell together well.

Cass is all set to marry Dita though he seems to be the only one, including Dita, who is happy with the match. And the fact that the candidate’s identical twin brother was incarcerated for a brutal murder was not a campaign issue before the victim’s bereaved and vengeful brother brought it up?

Oct 26, Jill rated it liked it. So begins a story of truths and lies, love and hate, family and friendships, evidence and forensics, politics, and the power of wealth.


Read it and see if you can pick the killer before identlcal end. And, they came up with some very interesting findings. Courtroom drama and medical forensics Two men, identical twins, one goes to jail at age 25 for the murder of his sweetheart.

Notify me of new posts via email. Excellent storytelling and absolutely addictive. Two murderers and twins who not only swap clothes but lives. Who one identifies with an Courtroom drama and medical forensics Two men, identical twins, one goes to jail at age 25 for the murder of his sweetheart.

But too often, outside the courthouse, the writing is explanatory and flat.

He keeps us guessing about some elements while making others easy to surmise. Then there’s the believablility factor, particulary evident during the wrapping up of the mystery. There was some at the end, actually moving in the instance of the 82 year old detective, but it came late in the read. The story has many twists and turns and surprises.

When it comes, it’s like reaching the destination of a place you never wanted to be in the first place, but yet you can say, the long drive is over. This doesn’t fall on deaf ears as Hal, the heir to his fathers shopping mall empire, is one of the richest men in town and able to finance TV spots raising questions about the mayoral candidate.

Personal Finance Show more Personal Finance links. So many characters were introduced so quickly that I found myself making a dramatis personae list. This book was disappointing.