Testimony

By Scott Turow
Read by Wayne Pyle

13.53 Hours 05/16/2017 unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

A Washington Post Top 10 Book of summer thrillers

A New York Times bestseller

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

TESTIMONY is Scott Turow's most ambitious and complex work-which takes us from the gritty familiarity of his beloved Kindle County into a mysterious world of international intrigue. It's the best kind of thriller, which stimulates the mind as well as thrilling the heart. Jeffrey Toobin, New York Times bestselling author
The master of the courtroom drama, Scott Turow's latest legal thriller goes international and is a page turner not to be missed! Daniel Silva, #1 New York Times bestselling author
This is at once a thriller, a story of middle-aged angst, an exposition of international law and an exploration of an intensely serious and very nasty episode in recent history...admirable and important. New York Times Book Review
The real pleasure of the new novel lies not so much in solving the mystery of the massacre as in watching Turow knock down assumption after assumption made by Boom--and the reader. In fact, I can't think of another novel in which so many givens end up being exposed as either honest mistakes or outright lies. TESTIMONY is a tour de force of collapsing perceptions. Washington Post
Follows twists and turns, shifting alliances, and a near-fatal confrontation... [TESTIMONY] is exciting and consistent with Turow's prior novels. The Missourian
A compelling story, told with Turow's usual ease, authority and understated humor. Chicago Tribune
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: Turow has been crafting intricate, best-selling legal thrillers dating back to his blockbuster wifedunit, Presumed Innocent (30 years ago!). USA Today
TESTIMONY is an absolutely crackerjack read, and again leaves us wishing that Turow would haul out his typewriter a tad more often. Winnipeg Free Press
Scott Turow writes with zest and authority about the inner workings of the law...TESTIMONY unfolds in highly descriptive prose and is sprinkled with colorful characters. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Raises important questions of responsibility, patriotism, corruption and the role of military power. And even as it confronts these weighty issues, it keeps the reader engaged in a page-turning thriller...Turow is back on his game in TESTIMONY. Illinois Times
Bestseller Turow (Identical) movingly evokes the horrors of the Balkan wars in this gripping thriller. Publishers Weekly
A thriller yarn with many twists and turns. Chicago Sun-Times
Fast-paced...Scott Turow is first and foremost a storyteller, and that's what propels the action, that and trying to figure out the truth...another fine book by this very fine writer. Washington Times
Scott Turow has done the impossible: Making the International Criminal Court in The Hague interesting. ..in TESTIMONY it is a hotbed of intrigue and infighting involving a massacre of Roma people in former Yugoslavia and the travails of an American prosecutor. Bloomberg.com, "Our Favorite Summer Reads"
Not your average legal thriller. Brilliant? Yes. Compelling? Yes. Complex? Yes. Fraught with misperceptions, twists and turns? Yes. Most of the time spent in a courtroom? Not even close...the setting and circumstances made me feel as if I have seen a glimpse of what it was like in Bosnia during the war. Fredericksburg News

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Author

Author Bio: Scott Turow

Scott Turow is a practicing attorney and the author of many novels, as well as nonfiction works such as One L and Ultimate Punishment. 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. Turow’s books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Time magazine’s Best Work of Fiction. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, sold more than twenty-five million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries. Turow graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978 with top honors, was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, and served as president of the Authors Guild. He lives outside of Chicago.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 13.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English