Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: Identical by Scott Turow

Title: Identical
Author: Scott Turow
Year Published: 2013

Genre: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 368
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2015 Google Reading map)USA (IL)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book):
 State Senator Paul Gianis is a candidate for mayor of Kindle County. His identical twin brother, Cass, is newly released from prison, twenty-five 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 reinvestigation of Dita's death, they find themselves ensnared in a tangle of deception.

Review: It has been ages since I've read a book by Scott Turow and this one has been on my shelf for far too long. I think this is my summer of forensic science. My daughter took a forensic science class so we talked about the topic every day and other books I've been reading and TV shows I'm watching seem to have that bent as well. So a book with fingerprints on the cover? Just right for now!

A great summer read with good intrigue, mob connections (that's the Greek mob, by the way), forensics, romance, cheating, identical twins, and dastardly deeds. This book really has all the good elements of a good mystery with a retired PI and an ex-FBI agent teaming up to figure out who really committed a twenty-five year old mystery. But no one's really talking and someone already confessed and did the time.

There are a lot of characters in this one, all of whom are related or have known one another since childhood so that was fun. When people know one another that well there are bound to be secrets and lies flying all over the place! I also haven't read a book with Greek characters before so that was fun as well. The plot is plausible, the characters are a good mixture of good and evil (and most of them have a bit of both), and the book reads fairly quickly. If you are in the mood for intrigue, grab this book.

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