Written By: Scott Turow
Narrated by: Henry Leyva
Published By: Hachette Audio/ Grand Central Publishing October 15, 2013
Length: 11 hours 52 minutes
Source: Purchased from Audible
IDENTICAL, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins Paul and Cass Giannis and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The novel focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Aphrodite Kronon. The plot centers on the re-investigation of Aphrodite’s murder, carried out together by Evon Miller, an ex-FBI agent who is the head of security for the Kronon family business ZP, and private investigator Tim Brodie, 81, a former homicide detective. The complex web of murder, sex, and betrayal-as only Scott Turow could weave-dramatically unfolds, and the chilling truth is revealed: people will believe what they want to believe.
I was curious about this book for two reasons, I have identical twins and I’ve not read a Scott Turow book in years. It was nice to hear about familiar characters that have been in other Kindle County books. I was drawn in to the characters quickly, why did Cass plead guilty to a crime that was not as cut and dried as would appear? As Tim Brodie begins his investigation with Evon it becomes clear that many people had it out for Didi, Aphrodite.
I think the close knit Greek community added to the mystery of who murdered this young woman and how intertwined all these families were. I was constantly surprised by the unhappy lives most of these people had and the back stabbing they did to get even.
The relationship ship between Paul and Cass was most intriguing, they really did know each other so well! Looks can be deceiving. Interestingly Turow threw in a few details of the lives of Evon and Tim. I enjoyed those side stories, but they didn’t really impact the main story.
The narration was wonderful, I don’t believe I’ve heard Mr. Leyva previously, but he did a wonderful job! The pacing was good, the inflections of different characters and the pronunciations of the Greek names and locations.
I enjoyed this audio very much and I recommend the book or audio to fans of mystery and thrillers.