Testimony by Scott Turow


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Mr. Turow’s latest is another fine book by this very fine writer. It’s a safe bet that a lot of lawyers will be getting “Testimony” for their birthdays.
-Washington Times


Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author and "one of the major writers in America" (NPR), returns with a page-turning legal thriller about an American prosecutor's investigation of a refugee camp's mystifying disappearance.

At the age of fifty, former prosecutor Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his law career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped by the International Criminal Court--an organization charged with prosecuting crimes against humanity--he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career. Over ten years ago, in the apocalyptic chaos following the Bosnian war, an entire Roma refugee camp vanished. Now for the first time, a witness has stepped forward: Ferko Rincic claims that armed men marched the camp's Gypsy residents to a cave in the middle of the night--and then with a hand grenade set off an avalanche, burying 400 people alive. Only Ferko survived.

Boom's task is to examine Ferko's claims and determinine who might have massacred the Roma. His investigation takes him from the International Criminal Court's base in Holland to the cities and villages of Bosnia and secret meetings in Washington, DC, as Boom sorts through a host of suspects, ranging from Serb paramilitaries, to organized crime gangs, to the US government itself, while also maneuvering among the alliances and treacheries of those connected to the case: Layton Merriwell, a disgraced US major general desperate to salvage his reputation; Sergeant Major Atilla Doby,a vital cog in American military operations near the camp at the time of the Roma's disappearance; Laza Kajevic, the brutal former leader of the Bosnian Serbs; Esma Czarni, Ferko's alluring barrister; and of course, Ferko himself, on whose testimony the entire case rests-and who may know more than he's telling.

A master of the legal thriller, Scott Turow has returned with his most irresistibly confounding and satisfying novel yet.

About Scott Turow

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Scott Turow is the author of nine best-selling works of fiction including Innocent, Presumed Innocent and The Burden of Proof, and two non-fiction books including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages, sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into film and television projects. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy, and The Atlantic.
Published May 16, 2017 by Grand Central Publishing. 497 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Jun 04 2017
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Above average
on Mar 06 2017

Bill’s journey to find the culprits initially moves by fits and starts, frequently interrupted by subplots only tenuously connected to his quest. A tightly written action set piece at midpoint...snaps readers to attention, and Turow largely keeps them there as he moves on to a complicated, trenchant, and pertinent finish.

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Reviewed by Toni V. Sweeney on May 19 2017

All in all, though this novel is too long to be read in one sitting, once the reader picks it up, he will undoubtedly not wish to put it down. When necessity demands, he will lay it aside, but will return to it as soon as possible to resume the story.

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Washington Times

Reviewed by John Greenya on Jul 27 2017

Mr. Turow’s latest is another fine book by this very fine writer. It’s a safe bet that a lot of lawyers will be getting “Testimony” for their birthdays.

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Reviewed by Ben Macintyre on May 16 2017

Like the international court’s attempts to bring retrospective justice to Bosnia, it is imperfect and occasionally confusing, but also admirable and important.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Reviewed by Dan Simpson on May 16 2017

...in spite of the fact that Mr. Turow is a well-known writer with many best-sellers to his credit, I found “Testimony” to be flawed as a novel.

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Reviewed by Lorraine W. Shanley on May 19 2017

The denouement of this long novel unfolds on the last pages and delivers on almost every front. Still, though much of the book is a fascinating analysis of the tangled loyalties and enmities that propelled the war, reading it requires a focus that seems at times a bit too much like work.

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Reviewed by Steven Poole on Jul 27 2017

Overall, though, the book’s epistemological choreography, as the Merry and Roger meetings are intertwined with the ongoing investigation – involving forensic anthropology, satellite imagery, and on-the-ground detective work – is expertly handled.

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Reviewed by G. Robert Frazier on May 10 2017

Rather than present just another case in the same old setting, Turow reinvents his protagonist by taking him out of his element. At the same time, Turow reinvents himself and reasserts his own mastery of the genre.

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Reviewed by Christine Tran on May 01 2017

Turow applies the same storytelling magic to the ICC that has drawn scores of readers into his Kindle County courtrooms, weaving fascinating details about the challenges of prosecuting war crimes into a suspenseful story of redemption and the complexities of justice.

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