Testimony by Scott Turow

Reviewed by Mary Alice Gorman
Hardcover May 2017

Every once in a great while a reader has an experience in reading that spills over into real life. For me, it happened on a Viking cruise along the shores of Croatia when I was riveted to the pages of the hot new novel from Scott Turow set in the aftermath of the war in the former Yugoslavia. 

By day my shampoo was by a hairdresser from Montenegro, my waiter was an engineer from Bosnia and I was chatting with a bartender from Sarajevo over cappuccino

Testimony (Grand Central Publishing, $28.00) traces the midlife crisis of former prosecutor Bill ten Boom who is lured to the Hague and the International Criminal Court- the organization charged with prosecuting crimes against humanity. A compelling case of an entire Roma refuge camp missing in the aftermath of the Bosnian war comes back to haunt the investigators, survivors, gangsters, witnesses and even our US government in the catastrophic war that was but a blip on the US nighttime news. With elegant skill, Turow plots a fascinating glimpse of a law for survival and a law for the political balance of power in today’s court of the world. I could not stop hearing the song “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” run through my head following the military, legal and political characters who walk the taut and uniquely satisfying Turow road. The intellectual and passionate energy that pulses through this one will have you panting for fresh air……and perhaps turning to Wikipedia for details of the time and place. This is Turow at his finest.