Identical by Scott Turow

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18 Critic Reviews

Embellishing a perfectly good legal thriller with such literary pretensions smacks of gilding the lily. For all Turow’s “embroidery”, it fails to enhance the tale...The result is a novel that...remains grounded, overburdened with symbolism that signifies little and becomes ever more implausible as the story unfolds.
-Financial Times

Synopsis

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 is the author of nine best-selling works of fiction including Innocent, 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.
 
Published September 2, 2013 by Grand Central Publishing. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Identical
All: 18 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 11

Kirkus

Above average
on Apr 27 2013

Amid the supermodernity 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...

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Jul 01 2013

Assured prose...compensates only in part for an overly intricate solution likely to disappoint even diehard Turow fans.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Adam Liptak on Oct 18 2013

...“Identical,” is stuffed with so many themes and reversals that readers may end up feeling the way you do after a long family meal with too much talk and food: disoriented, logy and a little nostalgic.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Jul 01 2013

Bestseller Turow (Innocent) is not at the top of his game in this contrived whodunit...an overly intricate solution likely to disappoint even diehard Turow fans.

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NPR

Below average
Reviewed by Rosecrans Baldwin on Oct 12 2013

Plenty of readers will enjoy it, especially the ending, which is hard to see coming — in part because the author manages expectations well, in part because it's so implausible. But in my case, the book simply didn't meet a standard that Turow had established in my mind.

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NPR

Below average
Reviewed by Rosecrans Baldwin on Oct 10 2013

But in my case, the book simply didn't meet a standard that Turow had established in my mind. I don't know if that's unfair, but it is true.

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Financial Times

Below average
Reviewed by Carl Wilkinson on Dec 20 2013

Embellishing a perfectly good legal thriller with such literary pretensions smacks of gilding the lily. For all Turow’s “embroidery”, it fails to enhance the tale...The result is a novel that...remains grounded, overburdened with symbolism that signifies little and becomes ever more implausible as the story unfolds.

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Book Reporter

Above average
on Dec 06 2013

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 dramatically unfolds.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Kate Ayers on Oct 17 2013

Scott Turow has not only a superb legal thriller in IDENTICAL, but a sort of behind-the-scenes peek into the mysterious distinctions that set identical twins apart. This is truly a fascinating read and a killer-good story.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Paula Woods on Oct 18 2013

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.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Jeff Labrecque on Oct 21 2013

As always, Turow crafts plausible suspects, but he telegraphs that moment of seismic bewilderment with an excess of plot tremors. You'll be left nodding your head, not holding it.

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The Washington Post

Good
Reviewed by Jonathan Yardley on Dec 06 2013

As the novel makes its way to its conclusion, it steadily picks up speed and interest. His plot is characteristically complicated...and he wraps things up in satisfactory fashion.

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Dallas News

Above average
Reviewed by Bob Hoover on Nov 02 2013

Turow perhaps telegraphs the solution to his mystery too early, but the writing and characters are too well-tuned for us to notice.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Ron Liebman on Nov 06 2013

There are times when Turow uses his characters’ first names and others when he uses their last names. I found it mildly confusing...Perhaps not to everyone’s taste, though if you’re a serious mystery fan you’re likely to love it.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Below average
Reviewed by Owen Richardson on Nov 16 2013

Twins, politics, feuding families: we are not dealing with nice mortals...The writing is indifferent, but can easily be tuned out once the plot takes hold.

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Rhapsody in Books

Above average
on Oct 16 2013

Turow is always adept at correctly and accurately describing legal procedures, although they are less pivotal to the story here than in, say, Presumed Innocent or Reversible Errors.

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Men Reading Books

Below average
Reviewed by Midwest Dave on Nov 28 2013

On the surface, Identical has all the ingredients of great fiction but the plot never seems to find traction. The premise of identical twins and their relationship has promise of interest and intrigue but instead comes off as creepy.

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Reading Glutton

Below average
Reviewed by Paul Mastin on Oct 14 2013

The truth comes out, eventually, in a not terribly surprising conclusion. Ultimately, the family drama, long-held secrets, and the twin-swapping detracted from the strength of the legal and investigational strength of the story.

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