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The last trial.

by Turow, Scott,

Format: Large Print 2020
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Summary
Two formidable men collide in this "first-class legal thriller" and New York Times bestseller from Scott Turow: a "brilliant courtroom chess match" about a celebrated criminal defense lawyer and the prosecution of his lifelong friend -- a doctor accused of murder (David Baldacci).

At eighty-five years old, Alejandro "Sandy" Stern, a brilliant defense lawyer with his health failing but spirit intact, is on the brink of retirement. But when his old friend Dr. Kiril Pafko, a former Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, is faced with charges of insider trading, fraud, and murder, his entire life's work is put in jeopardy, and Stern decides to take on one last trial.
In a case that will be the defining coda to both men's accomplished lives, Stern probes beneath the surface of his friend's dazzling veneer as a distinguished cancer researcher. As the trial progresses, he 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 page-turning suspense -- and questions how we measure a life.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The time has come for a legendary attorney, 85-year-old Sandy Stern, to try his final case. This time he's defending his longtime friend, Nobel scientist Kiril Pafko, against charges of fraud, insider trading, and murder. Pafko is accused of altering data to conceal a string of deadly allergic reactions in the clinical trial of his groundbreaking cancer medication, and when he learned that a journalist planned to reveal the deception, he sold off shares of his company's stock. Through witness depositions, Sandy learns that the friend he's known for years, and even trusted with his own cancer treatment, has been hiding a dark side: Pafko's workplace affairs have created bitter strife, and a cleverly concealed pattern of pirating other scientists' work forces Sandy to question his faith in Kiril's integrity. In the courtroom, a few early missteps place Sandy in self-described "old lawyer probation," exposing in the heretofore indestructible attorney a new and compelling vulnerability. Luckily, his team is up to the challenge, with his daughter Marta's technical acumen and granddaughter Pinky's investigative instincts. 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.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Turow has been a legal-thriller master since Presumed Innocent in 1987, and his latest finds him in top form."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The ominous prologue, in which Sandy Stern, an acclaimed defense attorney in his 80s, collapses in a federal courtroom, hovers over the rest of bestseller Turow's impressive legal thriller, his 11th linked to Illinois's fictional Kindle County (after 2017's Testimony). In 2019, Stern and his daughter are representing Kiril Palko, a Nobel Prize winner and old friend, who's accused of covering up deaths resulting from the use of Palko's breakthrough cancer treatment and then cashing in stocks before news of the fatalities becomes public. Stern, who has vowed that this will be the last case he handles, is aware that both his body and mind are not what they once were. The twisty plot leaves the question of Palko's guilt unsettled until the very end. While this entry lacks the gut punches of the author's best books, it's still a page-turner that makes a trial centered on fraud and insider trading fascinating. Turow remains in a class of his own in conveying the subtleties of criminal defense work while also entertaining his readers. 7-city author tour. Agent: Gail Hochman, Brandt & Hochman. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects ordreq 02/10/20 xa
Publisher New York :2020
Edition Large print edition.
Description pages cm
ISBN 9781538748121
1538748126
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