Title: The Last Trial
Author: Scott Turow
About the book: A criminal defense lawyer in Sandy Stern defends his friend, Kiril Pafko, who has been charged with fraud, insider trading, and murder. Pafko formerly won a Nobel Prize in Medicine and created a drug to help cancer patients. The Last Trial is part of a series, but you don’t have to read the other books to be able to follow the story.
I received an advanced reader copy from Hachette Book Group in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: I’ve never read any of Turow’s previous works, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was excited by the premise, plus I love a good thriller. I also like the title and cover. The prologue is interesting because it reveals an important moment that happens near the end of the trial.
Characters: There are many different characters who all have their flaws and shortcomings. I grew to like Sandy Stern, his daughter Marta, as well as his granddaughter Pinky the most. Even so, the other individuals are dynamic and well-developed. The relationships were great because of their complexity.
“We have an intuitive reluctance to accept the unknown.”
Writing: The author is very detailed and descriptive. As such, I learned a lot of legal and medical information. I also had a tough time predicting some of the events. It isn’t the quickest read but worthwhile nonetheless, especially when everything comes together at the end.
Final thoughts: I enjoyed the ending as it ties up loose ends. If you’re a fan of legal thrillers, check out The Last Trial.