Rusty Sabich, Kindle County’s longtime chief deputy prosecutor, has been asked to investigate the murder of one of his colleagues, Carolyn Polhemus. What Horgan, Sabich’s boss, doesn’t know is that Carolyn and Rusty had been lovers.
As Rusty nears 40, both his marriage and his career seem stalled. His energies focus on his son, and his desperate, unhappy love for Carolyn. The investigation fuels his fantasies, but he makes little progress in finding the killer. When his boss loses his bid for re-election, Rusty suddenly, incredibly, finds himself on trial for Carolyn’s murder.
“Scott Turow’s novel about a trial lawyer on trial captures the raised adrenaline, the gamesmanship and the sheer emotional impact of life in the courtroom with utter authenticity.”—Vincent Bugliosi
Rich with ambiguity, this smooth adaptation of Scott Turow’s bestselling mystery novel stars Harrison Ford as Rusty Sabich, the prosecuting attorney assigned to a case involving the murder of a beautiful, seductive lawyer (Greta Scacchi) with whom he’d been having a secret affair. After the investigation gets off to a slow start, damning evidence points to Rusty as the prime suspect. His career is destroyed when his superior and secondary suspect Raymond Horgan (Brian Dennehy) sets him up for the fall. Bonnie Bedelia plays Rusty’s wife Barbara, who is not above…
Twenty years ago, Tommy Molto charged his colleague Rusty Sabich with the murder of a former lover; when a shocking turn of events transformed Prosecutor Rusty from the accuser into the accused. Rusty was cleared, but the seismic trial left both men reeling.