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From the best-selling author of Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow’s The Last Trial recounts the final case of Kindle County’s most revered courtroom advocate, Sandy Stern.
Already 85 years old and in precarious health, Stern has been persuaded to defend an old friend, Pavel Pafko. A former Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, Pafko, shockingly, has been charged in a federal racketeering indictment with fraud, insider trading and murder.
As the trial progresses, Stern will question everything he thought he knew about his friend. Despite Pafko's many failings, is he innocent of the terrible charges laid against him? How far will Stern go to save his friend and - no matter the trial's outcome - will he ever know the truth? Stern's duty to defend his client and his belief in the power of the judicial system both face a final, terrible test in the courtroom, where the evidence and reality are sometimes worlds apart.
Full of the deep insights into the spaces where the fragility of human nature and the justice system collide, Scott Turow's The Last Trial is a masterful legal thriller that unfolds in suspense - and questions how we measure a life.
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Proselytizing, dull and turgid storytelling.
Determined to enjoy a Turow story of old, instead, I had to plod through a story so unsubtle and downright transparently full of one dimensional not characters that sleep was a grand solution.
Mansplaining was so tedious and repeated on almost every page. Who cared in the end for any of the people or the situations they were in?
And the terrible insulting accent by the actor was an added load to bear.
Finally, the production of the audiobook was such that the normal device did not suffice. It took 3 goes to find one which delivered sufficient sound definition to distinguish the individual words spoken by the fellow. It
A remarkably comprehensive and richly imagined story. Best crime thriller for thoughtful readers who enjoy the subtlety of the law.
Typically classy Turow novel, yet slightly flawed
I am a HUGE fan of Turow’s books it I found this one just a little too drawn out and just a little too mired in the minutiae of very complex evidence. Every time I returned to the recording I almost felt I had to bone up on who was who and what all the arcane arguments and nuances meant.
The narration was superb, however. The narrator had a consistently different “voice” for each character, so the listener always knew exactly who was speaking. He also got the mood and the emotions spot on. Terrific!