The Last Trial

The Last Trial Summary

Two formidable men collide in this "first-class legal thriller" and New York Times bestseller 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.

Book Reviews


Great Vacation Read5 star

Enough plot to keep my interest and suspense to keep me reading. Great character building and lessons in life choices.55


The Last Trial5 star

Superb writing. Could not put it with all his books.55


Tedious2 star

Not much of a book.25

Mrs. Disledog

the last trial1 star

First book I've read by this author...and will be my last. Took forever to get thru the courtroom scenes. I have to say "Boring". I was so hoping for more.15


Boring, plodding and tedious2 star

Not at all what I expected based on his other novels and the “acclaim” for this one. Gets slightly better toward the middle, if you can make it that far. Definitely not a compelling or fast passed read. Quite the opposite.25


Another Turow Masterpiece!!!5 star

Amazing novel!! Sandy Stern is one of the great character in modern literature. From his introduction in Presumed Innocent to his very intimate story in The Burden Of Proof, he has become an iconic figure in several of Scott Turow’s novels!! This one is no exception! It grabs the reader from the beginning and never lets up!55


The Last Trial1 star

I’ve read all of Scott’s books. This is his worst.15


The Last Trial1 star

Too much courtyard blather, boring page after page of medical technicalities. I skipped a lot, thinking it would get better. It didn’t.15

Merri BD

The Last Witness5 star

Brilliant! The story was told through the human elements of the characters. As always, the courtroom and legal process was interesting and realistic. It was poignant to know Sandy Stern in his later years.55


The Lat Trial5 star

5/5 stars. Realistic detail. Believable plot. Great characters. Intriguing twists. Couldn’t put it down! Hal R55

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