ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Suspect by Scott Turow

Publication Date: September 20, 2022
Format: Audio
Genre:  Legal Thriller
Narrators: Helen Laser

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing 
11 hours 41 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


For as long as Lucia Gomez has been the police chief in the city of Highland Isle, near Kindle County, she has known that any woman in law enforcement must walk a precarious line between authority and camaraderie to gain respect.  She has maintained a spotless reputation—until now. Three male police officers have accused her of soliciting sex in exchange for promotions to higher ranks. With few people left who she can trust, Chief Gomez turns to an old friend, Rik Dudek, to act as her attorney in the federal grand jury investigation, insisting to Rik that the accusations against her are part of an ugly smear campaign designed to destroy her career and empower her enemies—both outside the police force and within..
Clarice “Pinky” Granum spent most of her youth experimenting with an impressive array of drugs and failing out of various professions, including the police academy. Pinky knows that in the eyes of most people, she's nothing but a screwup—but she doesn't trust most people's opinions anyway. Moreover, she finally has a respectable-enough job as a licensed P.I. working for Rik on his roster of mostly minor cases, like workman's comp, DUIs and bar fights. Rik's shabby office and even shabbier cases are a far cry from the kinds of high-profile criminal matters Pinky became familiar with in the law office of her grandfather, Sandy Stern. But Rik and Pinky feel that Chief Gomez’s case, which has attracted national attention, is their chance to break into the legal big leagues.    
Guided by her gut instinct and razor-sharp investigative skills, Pinky dives headfirst into a twisted scandal that will draw her into the deepest recesses of the city’s criminal networks, as well as the human mind. But she will need every scrap of tenacity and courage to unravel the dark secrets those closest to her are determined to keep hidden.


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This is a fast paced twisty turny legal thriller with a quirky ADHD private investigator. Pinky wanted to be a cop but despite her quick mind, her crack shot she got booted from the academy when she failed a drug test.  Now she works as a private eye. 

She also has a new neighbor who she has latched onto as someone to keep an eye on. She follows him, and listens to her connecting wall hoping to figure out what bugs her about this guy. 

Lucia Gomez is the Chief of Police and is being investigated for sexual harassment.  She claims her encounters were consensual and happened long before the witnesses say they did. She claims that an ex cop turned real estate tycoon is the real person behind wanting her gone from the force.  Then a damning photo comes up showing Lucia in a compromising position.  Its up to Pinky to figure out who is telling the truth, the Chief or the other cops. 

I have alway been a fan of Turow's writing and this was no exception.  I loved the characters, the shady cops, and the manipulative twists and turns. I wasn't really sure how this would all end and I was happily surprised.  I am a huge fan of Pinky and really hope that Turow decides to do more with this character.  She is too good for one book. 

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