Innocent Blood is a mystery novel following teenage protagonist Philippa Palfrey. Discovering that she is adopted, Philippa learns that her birth father was a murderer and a rapist. Her birth mother, Mary, is in prison for her own involvement in the case and Philippa feels drawn toward a reunion. The two women talk about the murder, coming to an uneasy understanding, but the father of the victim of the long-ago crime takes revenge on Mary, killing her. Philippa takes her mother's name, Ducat, as penance.
Presumed Innocent is the first novel by Scott Turow, published in 1987. The novel follows the investigation of Carolyn Polhemus' murder. Polhemus, an attractive and successful prosecutor, is found dead in sexual bondange and Rusty Sabich, her coworker, is assigned to take her case. However, Carolyn is Rusty's former lover. The former affair is eventually discovered and, through a series of plot twists, Rusty is eventually charged with the murder.
The Innocents Abroad is the author's account of his travels to Europe and the Middle East on a pleasure cruise. With his trademark dry wit and keen observations, the author relates accounts of his pleasantly ignorant shipmates, as well as the foreign cities they visit and the ancient wonders they see. A mixture of amazement and sarcasm, this volume sweeps the reader into 1860s France, Italy, Palestine, and more. Major themes include the classics, the hypocrisy of religion, and the cultural gulf between Europe and America.