Testimony

Testimony

by Scott Turow
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Testimony by Scott Turow

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455553549
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 890
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Scott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, including Identical, Innocent, Presumed Innocent, and The Burden of Proof, and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.

Hometown:

Chicago, Illinois

Date of Birth:

April 12, 1949

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Education:

B.A. in English, Amherst College, 1970; M.A., Stanford University, 1974; J.D., Harvard University, 1978

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Testimony 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with every Turow book, I put aside sleep, chores and even meals, just to keep reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I eagerly awaited this book by Turow. It's a departure from presumed innocent but a welcome surprise. I'm not sure why certain reviewer found the writing flat but it isn't. I liked the locale as well and its a nice change for once to bring on some serious issues about some forgotten people. The world is not a nice place anymore and sometimes books remind us of just that while taking us on the ride.
Anonymous 12 months ago
That's the sign of a very good book when my husband talks about nothing else! I found it difficult to follow in the earlier chapters. He has repeatedly assured me that if I stick with it, I will enjoy it. Unfortunately it's not a PRESUMED INNOCENT. It opens our eyes to what lengths people will go to for power. Everyone will be able to relate to this if following the news about our administration
Anonymous 10 months ago
The story line was not extraordinary. There was a lot of repetition on the main plot. I felt the author was forcing the story to get to 350 pages. But there were riveting occasions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read
Anonymous 3 months ago
Hard to stay with this latest "intrigue" from Scott Turow. Seems more about a social sexual liaison than an actual Testimony. Or maybe that was the intent. Not one of my fav's from Scott Turow.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Another well written story by Turrow. Interesting turn of events, colorful characters, and, thankfully, little legal jargon.
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Anonymous 8 months ago
Excellent story on important subjects.
KrisMiller 10 months ago
International court and a mass genocide set the stage for this tense legal thriller. 400 Roma refugees disappear in the area of Barupra, Bosnia that was under US control in 2004. Now over a decade later a witness is stepping forward with claims of mass genocide. Ferko Ricnic -- the remaining sole survivor -- attests that masked soldiers gathered all of the gypsy residents into a cave before setting off an avalanche via grenade, burying the people alive. The International Criminal Court at the Hague, in charge of prosecuting mass atrocities, wants an American lawyer to prosecute in which Bill ten Boom seems the perfect fit. Early fifties, newly divorced and recently retired from his law career -- Boom sees this case as an opportunity of a lifetime. Boom's tasked with investigating Ferko's claims across different continents but the only thing certain is nothing is quite as it seems. Following the real life case of 400 missing Roma, Turow has expertly researched those events to bring forth this compelling legal drama. Amassed with multiple entertaining characters, beautifully descriptive locations, shocking deception and a surprise double twist, TESTIMONY will appeal to longtime Turow fans. ~ Kris Miller, certified TopShelf Reviewer. TopShelf Magazine does not offer 'paid review services’ and TopShelf Reviewers are not compensated for their reviews.
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Anonymous 8 months ago
Very gripping!