by Scott Turow and Wayne Pyle

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More About Testimony by Scott Turow; Wayne Pyle
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.

  • ISBN-13: 9781478926917
  • ISBN-10: 1478926910
  • Publisher: Grand Central Pub
  • Publish Date: May 2017
  • Dimensions: 1.25 x 5 x 5.75 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds

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In the midst of a major midlife crisis, Bill ten Boom, a very successful lawyer from Kindle County, takes a job at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, trading white-collar offenses for the horrors of crimes against humanity. Testimony, Scott Turow’s latest, performed by Wayne Pyle in a cocktail of international accents, follows the consequences of that choice. Boom’s first case is to investigate the disappearance of 400 Roma (gypsies) from a Bosnian refugee camp in 2004. Now, 11 years later, there seems to be only one survivor, a Roma who claims to have seen the massacre. Is he or his gorgeous, overtly flirtatious Roma lawyer trustworthy? In the ever-shifting set of events in the chaotic aftermath of the Bosnian War, is anyone telling the truth—either the American general, his oddly engaging aide-de-camp or the savage leader of the Bosnian Serbs? Listen up, there’s a lot of complex history to absorb in this intricately plotted legal thriller.

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