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Testimony by Scott Turow
  

Testimony

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Legal thrillers by Scott Turow, since the classic Presumed Innocent, have always proved rewarding, and presented a multi-faceted X-ray of American society and its system through the travails of the fictional Kindle County and its gallery of fallible principals. Only once has the unprolific Turow travelled beyond his patch but he does so again in Testimony, although the main character does hail from the County. Attorney Bill ten Boom's life has fallen apart, career, marriage and he has taken up a position at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, where he he becomes attached to the case of the suspicious disappearance of a whole village of Roma and its inhabitants in the Balkans. When a witness to the ensuing massacre emerges, Bill travels to Bosnia to investigate on the ground, which opens a window on some of the horrors of past history as well as a complex web of tortuous and treacherous relationships involving Serb leaders, compromised international forces, paramilitary forces and local lawyers. Although the plot never actually reaches the courtroom, this is twists-filled and unputdownable as a thriller about the nature of evil and human frailty and compromises and equal to any of Turow's masterful earlier titles. A major novel. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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Synopsis

Testimony by Scott Turow

From the bestselling author of Presumed Innocent comes Testimony, Scott Turow's most twist-filled thriller to date. Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his career, his wife, even his country. Invited to become a prosecutor at The Hague's International Criminal Court, it was a chance to start afresh. But when his first case is to examine the disappearance of four hundred Roma refugees - an apparent war crime left unsolved for ten years - it's clear this new life won't be an easy one ...Whispered rumours have the perpetrators ranging from Serb paramilitaries to the U.S. Army, but there's no hard evidence to hold either accountable, and only a single witness to say it happened at all. To get to the truth, Boom must question the integrity of every person linked to the case - from Layton Merriwell, a disgraced US Major General, to flirtatious barrister, Esma Czarni - as it soon becomes apparent that every party has a vested interest and no qualms in steering the investigation their way ...

Reviews

A smart, demanding new thriller . . . Testimony is a tour de force * Washington Post * Turow successfully recreates the roiling uncertainty of the Bosnian conflict and its consequences, the stew of racism, military aggression and crime, the willingness of ordinary people to visit spectacular cruelty on their neighbors in obedience to ethnic enmities centuries old. Testimony is admirable and important. * New York Times * Turow's lively prose and terrific cast of supporting characters make Testimony one for the beach bag. This is a guy who knows what he's doing * USA Today * If there were a Mount Rushmore for the modern legal thriller, Scott Turow would be one of the novelists immortalized in granite * Fort Worth Star Telegram * A master of the legal thriller, Scott Turow has returned with his most irresistibly confounding and satisfying novel yet * Book Reporter * An engrossing new page-turner . . . Turow has created a compelling, all-consuming drama that maintains the themes that thread through his fiction: the contradictions and conflicts of characters with secrets, often from themselves, and how idealism can be shaken when law, politics, and capitalism mix to distort fairness and justice. * National Book Review * 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. * Booklist * A complex and haunting tale of war crimes that will not only satisfy his courtroom drama devotees but also readers of international thrillers * Library Journal * Bestseller Turow movingly evokes the horrors of the Balkan wars in this gripping thriller * Publishers Weekly * A page-turning legal thriller that grapples with the aftermath of the Bosnian conflict * Financial Times *


About the Author

Scott Turow

Scott Turow is an attorney and an author. His first book, One L, about his experience as a first-year student at Harvard Law School, was published in 1977. Ten years later, he achieved a life-long ambition, with the publication of his first novel, Presumed Innocent, followed by The Burden of Proof and Pleading Guilty. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages and, in total, have sold approximately twenty-five million copies worldwide. They have won a number of literary awards.

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Publication date

27th July 2017

Author

Scott Turow

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Publisher

Mantle an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback
496 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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Political / legal thriller

ISBN

9781509843329

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