Testimony by Scott Turow


Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling 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 Internation...

Details Testimony

Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Legal Thriller, Crime, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook, Unfinished, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Testimony

  • Paromjit
    This is tense legal thriller from Scott Turow that follows an International Criminal Court prosecutor's real life case of the harrowing disappearance of 4oo Roma refugee camp at the tail end of the Balkans War. Turow has clearly done his research in this novel which moves out of the courtroom and out into the field. Kindle County Attorney, Bill ten Boom finds himself at a crossroads, he has quit his legal career and divorced his wife and left his...
  • Julie ( On semi-hiatus until September)
    Testimony by Scott Turow is a 2017 Grand Central Publication. Absorbing and atmospheric legal drama-Bill ten Boom, aka, 'Boom", started his life over at a time when the thought of starting over is entirely too exhausting to contemplate. After leaving his wife and his job, Bill is approached about accepting a case with The Hague’s International Criminal Court. The case in question, is a ten year old cold case, involving the disappearance and pre...
  • Brenda
    I've enjoyed Scott Turow’s previous books. He writes well, including this book, but this one feels like pouring cold molasses. I can't get interested in the story or the characters, and I fall asleep after a few pages. That's why it's taken seven days to get to page 159 of a 496 page book. I don't want to invest any more time in this book.
  • Jim
    3.5 starsThis is a complex legal thriller. The action does not take place in the courtroom. It does not even take place in Kindle County. This is a legal investigation that takes place on the international stage. Mostly in Bosnia and The Hague. At the age of fifty Bill ten Boom decides to start life again. Over the next four years he leaves his marriage, his home, his job, and then his country. A former US Attorney before becoming a partner in a ...
  • Gary
    This Scott Turow is a legal thriller with a difference that it is not set in a court room but in Bosnia.Former Bill ten Boom at the age of fifty walks out on everything he thought was important to him, his law career, his wife, Kindle County and even his country. But when he is approached by the International Criminal Court, an organisation that prosecutes crimes against humanity, he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his ca...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I have never read a book by Scott Turow before, but I like legal thrillers and I found the blurb of this book intriguing. The case of the missing 400 people is interesting, although I did find the story a bit slow now and then. The best part came towards the end of the book when the case started to take some interesting twist and turns because nothing is as it seems and the ending was surprising. It was also interesting to learn more about The In...
  • HBalikov
    “People do horrible things, but often because they face horrible choices.” (from Testimony)How much do most of us know about the civil war in the former Yugoslavia? I learned a lot when we journeyed to Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, etc. several years ago and heard the stories of ordinary people. When I learned that Scott Turow had made that the focus of a novel, I was eager to read it. Bosnia (and The Hague where a lot of the plot is set) are ...
  • Monnie
    Warning: If you're bothered by settings in war-torn countries, or refuse to believe (even when it's mostly fiction) that the U.S. Government is capable of wrongdoing, or don't like endings that may not bring total closure, this probably isn't the book for you. On top of that, I dare anybody to speed read through this one; it took me the better part of five days to finish, although in fairness, we were enjoying the company of a house guest for two...
  • Carol
    I just learned something!!! Scott Turow is a great writer. I hadn't read any of his books yet until I finished my first one "Testimony." Thought it was well written, and a great plot. Shock Faint, I even got a Book 1. Oops I thought I got a Book #1, but in fact it is Book #10 Sorry!!!At the age of 50, 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 cou...
  • Susan Johnson
    3.75 stars A report is given to the International Criminal Court in The Hague that 400 Roma (gypsies) have been rounded up in Bosnia and murdered. Fingers are pointed at the Americans and Bill Ten Boom is to investigate and then try the case if need be as his first assignment to the Court. Recruited by a former law school buddy, Roger, who is now a member of a secret part of the State Dept. Ten Boom is starting his life over at 50 after a divorce...
  • Olga
    I have been a fan of Scott Turow for years. I would read or listen to anything he puts together. Unfortunately this is how this book appeared to me: put together. Mishmash of several barely related stories. I respect Mr. Turow for tackling such an important and rarely explored subject as the aftermath of the last Balkan war, demise of Yugoslavia, US and NATO involvement in the conflict, and the culture of Roma people (Gypsies). All these issues a...
  • Karl Jorgenson
    GR says, 'Kindle County #10,' but really not. The protagonist, Boom, comes from there, but that's the only connection. He's a middle-aged lawyer given a chance to work in the Hague as a prosecutor/investigator of war crimes, specifically the annihilation of a Gypsy refugee village. This story has gangsters, murderers, corrupt cops, corrupt militias, war criminals, petty criminals, and oppressed and persecuted tribes, all in war-torn Bosnia-Herzeg...
  • Tori
    *I received a copy of this book from Bookstr* I don't know how I feel about this book... I do know that it needed to be about 100-200 pages shorter for my liking and that could have been accomplished by cutting out all of the sex scenes and fluff. I wasn't really bothered by it exactly, but I wasn't there for sex I wanted to see the case through because it's a legal thriller!It just seemed as though the case itself took a little bit of a backseat...
  • Left Coast Justin
    I try to disguise spoilers as much as I can here, but I may be giving away some plot points, so read at your own risk:Although there was a potentially interesting story here, waaaay too many pages were devoted to ridiculous subplots, to wit:1) Here's a 55-year-old divorcee who hasn't had a date in five years, suggesting he's not exactly the stuff of ladies' dreams, but during the course of the book winds up having a torrid affair with a married w...
  • Chris
    A terrific, lively, thoughtful exploration of a possible war crime -- a possible act of genocide -- told with Turow's always elegant, always honest, always compelling prose. Another wonderful novel from one of our literary treasures.
  • Mal Warwick
    In an interview on May 23, 2017, Scott Turow explained how he came to write a novel about a case at the International Criminal Court involving the massacre of 400 Roma (“Gypsies”). “‘In 2000, I was at a reception in The Hague and found myself in a circle of lawyers who said you have to write about this—it’s an amazing case,’ he recalls. ‘Usually when people say they have an amazing case it’s about their divorce, but this actuall...
  • Una Tiers
    Writing can be catharsis, or a way to examine and mend our soul. However, you have to edit out a lot of it so that it does not interfere with the plot. Turow didn't do that.You can also have too many writers at the keyboard, and the author explains or admits this in the epilogue. But the edits or input changed the book. They particularly added the five dollar words of several people. Okay if you read this on a kindle where the dictionary is a ble...
  • Glen
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.A rich lawyer has a midlife crisis, and gives up his practice to be a prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, where he tries to investigate the massacre of some Gypsies. Of course, he falls in love, finds a conspiracy, and tries to root it out.Adequate but not memorable.
  • Louise
    I don’t read many best selling thrillers (can’t even think of one), but this book suggests maybe I should. In creating a story set in the International Criminal Court and in Bosnia, Turow is operating way outside of what I presume is his comfort zone (this is #10 in a series about justice in Kindle County, Illinois) and he really succeeds.Turow strength is description of characters and environments. His narrator, a former US Attorney (from Ki...
  • Teresa
    An extremely disappointing book that had a male lead that can't get a date for years suddenly married women are drolling over him and he ends up bedding 2 in quick succession. Everything is related to GETTING DIVORCED. Really? Things come up that seem important and then disappear never to be mentioned again, plus its really BORING
  • Tom Swift
    Scott Turow is a top ten favorite author for me. Starting with One L, and Presumed Innocent(Remember that great movie?). Turow has written smart legal thrillers for 30 years. His previous books have mostly been based in fictional Kindle County, which is a thinly veiled Chicago like metropolis.This time, Turow moves to the Hague and the International Court against war crimes. An attorney from the US is prosecuting cases involving the war in Bosnia...
    Bill ten Boom--his friends call him “Boom”—is a middle-aged lawyer with two grown sons. His marriage of twenty-five years is over, and he is ready to tackle new personal and professional challenges. An old law-school buddy convinces Boom to move from Illinois to the Hague, where he will work as a prosecutor for the International Criminal Court. Boom's first task is to interrogate a witness, Ferko Rincic, who alleges that a mass murder took ...
  • Jen
    It has been a long time since I've read a book by Scott Turow, and I had forgotten how good his books can be. Testimony is a complicated and complex novel. Complicated because finding evidence and prosecuting war crimes often involves an intricate, convoluted maze that leads to unexpected discoveries. Complex because of all of the human emotions and relationships involved.This is not a courtroom drama, but the International Criminal Court's inves...
  • Kimba Tichenor
    I am truly surprised by the numerous reviews that describe this book as a "tense" or "exciting" legal thriller. There is very little courtroom action; rather most of the "action" takes place in the bedroom. Bill ten Boom, an American lawyer charged by the ICC with investigating an alleged massacre in Bosnia, seems more interested in pursuing sexual satisfaction than justice. Repeatedly he enters into sexual affairs that call into question his eth...
  • Leah
    Much more than a legal thriller...Middle-aged successful American lawyer, Bill Ten Boom, is having a bit of a subdued mid-life crisis. He has ended his marriage, not over another woman but simply because he felt there was no real love or passion in it. And he has given up his partnership in a big legal firm – a role he primarily took on to satisfy the aspirations of his ex-wife. So when he's offered the job of prosecuting a case at the Internat...
  • Joyce
    There is so much going on in this novel that the reader is never disappointed. Ten Boom is in his fifties, recently divorced with adult children and somewhat bored by his partnership in a major law firm. How does he solve this...by going to The Hague to the ICC as a prosecutor looking into War Crimes committed in Bosnia years earlier. His growth and development are amazing as is that of the majority of secondary characters. The plot is way too co...
  • Kate
    This one was a slog. Good twists and turns near the end, but honestly, not worth wading through the rest to get there. Interesting topic and time-Bosnia-and a General that is supposed to be based on Petraeus. But there are so many useless details about The Hague and everything in general, not to mention the whole side story of Esma that it was just too slow.
  • Dick Reynolds
    The protagonist of this legal thriller is Bill ten Boom, an attorney at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. His heritage is Dutch (more on that later) but he is slow getting adjusted to this multi-layer legal structure. Boom’s assignment is to investigate and prosecute a crime against humanity, the extinction of a Bosnian camp and its four hundred Roma. Boom’s assistant is a fellow named Goos who is a former Belgia...
  • Ann Tonks
    I haven't read any of Scott Turow's books for ages and I really wanted to like this. There were elements which were fascinating - having the shocking treatment Roma as the base of an international court hearing. There were also some interesting characters - such as the gender diverse ex-US army provider of provisions. But there were a couple of major turnoff moments such as our hero in an unbelievable kidnapping situation and the all the layering...
  • Koeeoaddi
    Interesting mystery. I liked the setting and the political intrigue, but the pacing was a bit slow uneven.