Scott Turow

The scandalous new novel from the godfather of the legal thriller.

Lucia Gomez is a female police chief in a man’s world and she’s walked a fine line to succeed at the top. Now a trio of police officers in Kindle County have accused her of soliciting sex for promotions and she’s in deep.

Rik Dudek is an attorney and old friend of Lucia’s. He’s the only one she can trust, but he’s never had a headline criminal case. This ugly smear campaign is already breaking the internet and will be his biggest challenge yet.

Clarice ‘Pinky’ Granum is a fearless PI who plays by her own rules. Her 4-D imagination is her biggest asset when it comes to digging up dirt for Rik but not all locks are best picked.

It’s cops against cops in this hive of lies. And it will take more than honeyed words from the defence to change the punchline and save the Chief from her own cell.

The Times/Sunday Times Thriller of the Year 2022


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Published: September 22, 2022


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Reviews for Suspect

‘Scott Turow is a legend of suspense fiction and Suspect is another surefire hit from the master of the legal thriller‘ – Steve Cavanagh, bestselling author of the Eddie Flynn series

‘Scott Turow set the gold standard for the modern legal thriller’ – Wall Street Journal

‘One of the major writers in America‘ – NPR

‘No one has illuminated the human side of the legal profession with such precision and care’ – Washington Post

‘A writer with few peers in any genre’ – David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author

‘The master of the courtroom drama’ – Daniel Silva, #1 New York Times bestselling author

‘Pinky’s unconventional, socially awkward narration offers a fresh take on sticky legal issues, and Turow’s carefully paced, tight plotting complements her dedication to the long game’ – Booklist

‘It’s #MeToo, flipped‘ – Susie Goldsbrough, The Times

Terrific‘ – Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of Never Saw It Coming

‘He’s a writer rather than just a plotter, as he demonstrates with his winning portrait of the protagonist … Suspect…more than earns its payoff’ – The Times, Best New Thrillers of September

‘The development of the twisty case is skilfully handled, Pinky’s eccentric voice works, the villains are satisfactorily vile and there are several touching relationships that provide a nice counterweight to the wickedness’ – Natasha Cooper, Literary Review

‘Without question, this is Turow’s finest novel since his breathtaking debut Presumed Innocent in 1987′ – Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail

‘In true thriller style, the plot clips along steadily with a sprint to the finish line that is, as Pinky herself might say, a “butt-tightening thrill”‘ – Henrietta McKervey, Sunday Business Post

Suspect is a belter…an object lesson in how the crime genre can be used – by authors with the wit, the skill and the inclination – to address a wide range of vital, urgent and contentious issues’ – Angus Batey, The Quietus

‘The book’s greatest strength is Pinky, the likeably weird misfit, and her single-minded desire to unravel the truth, driving the plot through to its conclusion’ – Emily Pennink, Press Association

‘When you crack open a new legal thriller by Scott Turow, you know you’re going to be in good hands… A master plotter like Turow, of course, knows just how to parcel out the clues and the questions to maintain a high level of tension, but Pinky is one of those indelible characters you won’t soon forget‘ – Vicki Weisfeld, Crime Fiction Lover

Scott Turow at his best and, in my eyes, still the uncontested king of the literary legal puzzler… this top notch thriller is never less than believable and topical, and unfolds like clockwork revealing an endearing patchwork of imperfect characters, legal politicking and twists with just the right balance to hold the reader hostage throughout‘ – Maxim Jakubowski, Crime Time

‘Turow’s new book Suspect is a reminder of his expertiseLively, colourful fare‘ – Barry Forshaw, Financial Times

Lord of the legal thriller … his storytelling has great stamina … [Pinky] is such an irresistible voice’ – Sunday Times Thriller of the Month

‘Guilty … of inventing the modern courtroom thriller! …Turow is back with a gripping new crime thriller’ – Peter Sheridan, Daily Express

Self-aware and savvy … Pinky uncovers a series of ancillary plots that slowly come together … As with any Turow novel, unexpected revelations vary the pace and keep us keen’ – Andrew Rosenheim, The Spectator

‘This topical story of organised crime, revenge and corrupt cops is full of clever courtroom scenes, action and beautifully-drawn characters’ – Abi Silver, The Express Best Books of 2022

‘No argument — this is Turow’s finest novel since his breath-taking debut Presumed Innocent 35 years ago. Defence Attorney Rik Dudek is defending his friend, a female police chief, who is accused of soliciting sex from three of her male colleagues. Serpentine storytelling delivers a terrific finale‘ – Daily Mail, Best Novels of 2022

‘A brilliant stand alone thriller’ – Bestsellers Podcast


Scott Turow

Scott Turow is the author of many bestselling works of fiction, including The Last Trial, Testimony, Identical, Innocent, Presumed Innocent, and The Burden of Proof, and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker and the Atlantic.