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The Last Trial Audio CD – Audiobook, May 12, 2020
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"In this meticulously devised courtroom drama, rich with character detail, Turow again demonstrates what he does best: roll out a complex, keenly observed legal case yet save a boatload of surprises for its ending. And make it personal."―New York Times
"Scott Turow set the gold standard for the modern legal thriller . . . A valedictory-tinged work."―Wall Street Journal
"One of the major writers in America."―NPR
"No one tells this sort of story better than Turow. No one has illuminated the human side of the legal profession with such precision and care. The Last Trial is Scott Turow at his best and most ambitious. He has elevated the genre once again."―Washington Post
"Turow writes like a dream [with] revelations and surprises aplenty . . . Though the trial is center stage, it will be Turow's characters who linger in the mind."―Chicago Tribune
"This is thriller writing of the highest order, at once a brilliant character study and superb exploration of the nature, and relative merits, of the truth."―Providence Journal
"The master of the courtroom drama."―Daniel Silva, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Turow has established the gold standard for legal thrillers for decades, and he delivers another bar-raising example of his talent here, with his signature absorbing legal details, cerebral suspense, and fascinatingly flawed characters all on full view."―Booklist, Starred Review
"[The Last Trial] gains timely depth through its discussion of thorny moral issues . . . Strongly felt."―Kirkus
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The novel is the story of the trial and that is both its strength and also its weak points. Turow touches on the thoughts, feelings and weaknesses of both men, the judge presiding, witnesses and people working on details on the sidelines. He allows us into both the current motivations of all concerned as well as describing the past that could be pertinent to present happenings. Taking part are also the families of the leading personnel. A major factor involved is that Pafko is accused of his crimes based on his presiding over a major study of a new cancer drug making it's way through the approval process of the FDA. (Food and Drug Administration). The path to finally marketing the new drug is based on obtaining the approval of that agency. The author does make the point that the FDA relies on the published findings of the company testing their own drug. The agency does not have the time nor the laboratory staff to do so on their own.
The weakness of the book is it's almost tedious relying on talk, re flexion, and reaction by the participants. This method turned my attention away from the read several times, losing the thread of the action due to a lack of it. My opinion of Turow's latest is that I was disappointed at it's apparent lack of forward motion, just happy to finish it which was done only as an obligation but still awaiting his next novel in order to grab it up.
The book is gripping and obviously will become a streaming film. There are many red herrings which should keep the reader immersed in the plot until the final multiple endings. You will be guessing at the conclusions
This is one of the author’s best books.
give this one 5 stars. The book is, of course, well written and the story well developed. It was interesting to see Sandy Stern as an old man arguing his last case. I loved the descriptions of his relationships with his two deceased wives, his children and his granddaughter. I also enjoyed his reflections on his career and the end of it. What I was less enthusiastic about is the extreme detail of the case itself, which at times I found myself skimming because it was too much in the weeds. Also, I read a lot of legal thrillers and have watched every episode of Law and Order - twice - so I know about the basic structure of trials and what all the terms mean. Turow also describes these things in minute detail so again, skimming. I missed the style of his older books where there was more of a story of the people involved as well as the legal story than was in this novel. With those qualifications, I would say it's a very good book and an interesting story with complex characters. There are some surprises as well.