Scott Turow, #1 New York Timesbestselling 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.
Numerous twists and turns (as always). Scott makes a complicated subject (and plot) interesting and engaging. Definitely a must read!55
I have read all of Turow's books. Skip this one.25
Scott Turow did an amazing amount of research for this book, and that research helped to make it a very interesting and excellent read.55
Have enjoyed this author's previous books. Disappointed in most every aspect of the story, and particularly, the ending!15
Worse book I've read in a long long time!15
I have liked all of Turow’s earlier books. This is by far one of the worst books I have ever read. The book just drags along. I decided to finish it because I never stop reading a book once I have started it, but this was a struggle to get through. If I were you, I would find another book to read.25
A terrific read. Well written and extremely creative.55
Badly in need of serious extensive editing25
Have always enjoyed the intellectual jousting that comes with Turow books. This story had all the earmarks, and the telling of it goes just fine. But as the myriad mysteries begin to come to resolution, the impact and import of the basic story seem to escape as air from a balloon. Anti-climax is a word that comes to mind.35
The lawyer who wrote like a novelist has become a novelist who writes like a lawyer. I can't square Turow's early career ability to generate first-rate suspense with his recent prose, which frequently is about exciting a read as an appellate brief on copyright infringement.25