The problem with finally writing a book you think is not half-bad is that you wonder if you've got anywhere to go next -- other than downhill. And I was determined to not let the Ben Kincaid series go downhill.
In my story, no one is willing to represent the supremacist accused of murder. Thus Ben is forced to do what I consider the hardest, most courageous work a lawyer can do -- representing the unpopular client.
Publishers believe that readers are not drawn to green, so the color is greatly disfavored in cover art. You don't believe me? Turn around right now and look at your bookshelf. How many green covers do you see?
In 17 years as a trial lawyer, I never saw a judge bang a gavel or shout "Order in the court!" But that hasn't stopped me from writing scenes in which the judge silences an unruly mob, the gavel echoing like a rifle shot.
The stunning conclusion of Presumed Innocent invited a sequel, and Turow has now delivered just that with Innocent, a timely, pitch-perfect updating of the lives of the characters we came to both loathe and love.