Testimony

Testimony

eBook - 2017
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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.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9781478971047
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Cbtuff
Oct 03, 2017

Not one of his best. The characters were well developed but the story drug on too long. A for effort but C for a pleasure read.

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tjdickey
Sep 22, 2017

Turow is pretty much the best writing in the genre of the legal thriller, and this time he adds even deeper human significance to his tale of history, war crimes, and cover-ups. As usual, his characters are deep, well-etched, and flawed; also as per his usual the twisted human plotlines will continue to surprise the reader until the final pages.

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Al2tur
Sep 20, 2017

This story isn't really very compelling. The central plot, that hundreds of Roma people were buried in a mine without a trace and that years later there's drama about unearthing them, is simply not believable, given modern forensic anthropology. The romance in the novel is clumsy and a little aimless. Why does the woman who is object of the romance simply drop out of the story with no part in the resolution? It's not very well done.

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nionoff
Aug 28, 2017

Turow has written some great courtroom thrillers including Presumed Innocent. In this, his latest novel, he is trying something different with limited success. This books deals with a fictional mass murder of Gypsies in Bosnia and the investigation of the potential genocide by an American attorney working for the International Criminal Court. Along the way, there is also a backstory about the recently divorced lawyer's attempts at finding romance. The book is way too long, unlike Turow's past books, there is virtually no court-room suspense, and the ending is totally predictable and boring. I'm giving it two stars, which is being generous. Read his prior books, but I wouldn't waste time on this one!

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njon38
Jul 05, 2017

A home run. Story about a us lawyer prosecuting a bosnian war crime.

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matcat44
Jun 03, 2017

Too much historical narrative, so detailed, it's hard to understand. Felt like I had to study and really just wanted to read a good story with dialogue. Didn't get far with this.

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yagere
May 26, 2017

I'm about 100 pages into this one and think going to stop there. Enjoy reading about the process of prosecuting war crimes; however, story really drags along.

debwalker Apr 09, 2017

Latest from the guy who kicked off the legal thriller genre

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