Monday, May 28, 2018

Review: Testimony by Scott Turow

Title: Testimony
Author: Scott Turow
Year Published: 2018


Genre: Adult fiction
Pages: 477
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map)USA (IL), Bosnia, the Netherlands

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): At the age of fifty, Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he once thought was important: Kindle County, his law career, even his wife. Still, when he is tapped by the International Criminal Court--an organization that prosecutes crimes against humanity--he is compelled by a mystifying case. Over ten years ago, in the chaos following the Bosnian war, a Roma refugee camp vanished overnight. Now a witness has finally stepped forward: Ferko Rincic claims that armed men marched the camp's 400 residents to a cave and then set off an avalanche with a hand grenade, burying them alive. Only Ferko survived.

Boom's task is to investigate Ferko's claims, taking him from the Court's base in Holland, to Bosnian villages, to secret meetings in Washington, DC, as he sorts through the alliances and treacheries of those involved: a disgraced US major general, members of the US military, the brutal former leader of the Bosnian Serbs, Ferko's seductive barrister, and of course, Ferko himself, on whose testimony the entire case rests--and who may know more than he's telling.


Review: It has been a really long time since I've read a Scot Turow novel, far too long. This one was a bit different since it took place overseas and I liked that. It was still about legal issues, but it incorporated the International Criminal Court.

I liked the story, the characters, and the events that it all surrounded so all in a good read. There are tons of characters and groups in this book so you have to pay attention to keep them all straight. The only bit I didn't like was the twist at the end. I felt like it went somewhere I wasn't expecting and didn't need/want. But, I'm doing to overlook that since i liked the rest of it.

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