The Last Trial

The Last Trial

eBook - 2020
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"At 85 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 provide 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, Stern 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"--
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2020
Edition: First Edition
Description: 1 online resource (464 pages) : 24 cm
ISBN: 9781538748084
Additional Contributors: Turow, Scott. Last trial

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Mar 12, 2021

Scott Turow, in my mind, invented the legal thriller some 34 years ago with Presumed Innocent, in which career prosecutor Rusty Sabich was tried for the murder of another prosecutor with whom Rusty had an affair. He was defended in that trial by Alejandro ("Sandy") Stern. Stern, as elegant a lawyer as ever entered a fictional courtroom but now 85 years old and slowing down considerably, returns in The Last Trial to represent fellow Argentine immigrant Kiril Pafko, a research physician who won a Nobel Prize 33 years ago and whose latest breakthrough is a "miracle cure" for treatment of some lung cancers. The criminal charges against Dr. Pafko include murder, insider trading and fraud, all of which stem from his and his company's failure to disclose some seriously adverse outcomes during the clinical trial leading to approval of the new drug. Dr. Pafko claims, against mounds of evidence against him, that he was unaware of the adverse outcomes. This is to be the final case for both Sandy and his law partner, his daughter Marta, who also wishes to retire. As usual with Turow, we get careful plotting, convincing courtroom scenes, and fully developed characters, especially the defendant, his family and co-workers, and Sandy's quirky granddaughter, who after a troubled youth shows promise as a nascent investigator. The novel has an elegiacal quality, perhaps unsurprising given Turow's long association with Sandy Stern - an author's note says Stern has appeared in every one of Turow's novels. If this is indeed Sandy Stern's last appearance, it's a memorable one - a great story, brilliantly told.

Feb 25, 2021

Having read all the 4 star reviews for this new Scott Turow novel, I was looking forward to my first foray into a 'thriller' written by this author. What a slow moving story throughout & an especially disappointing ending. I guess that my definition of a 'thriller' must be different from that of the reviewers'. If all Turow's books are like this one, I won't be in a hurry to read another.

Feb 16, 2021

Hooked in the 2 page prologue! An old, respected criminal lawyer (I pictured mystery writer William Deverell) paired with an eccentric granddaughter (imagine mystery writer Candice Fox's investigator Amanda Pharrell). No, this is not "a thriller" in the fast action, heart thumping, page turningç sense. The reader is called upon to may attention to details, as the elderly lawyer must continue to see the whole amid the pieces. A trail, his last, involving the questionable efficacy of a new cancer medication, where his life long friend, a Nobel Prize winner in medicine is facing murder and insider trading charges. The character of these two men, both immigrant who've had a friendship of decades and their relationships with the families is facinating and complex. A challenging case, a challenging read. 4 stars!

Feb 04, 2021

A legal/medical novel? Yes. A thriller? Nope.

Dec 30, 2020

With the Covid vaccine just out and people who have allergies it is really a timely book. I like Turow's courtroom drama, it is probably more realistic than any other author, but sometimes his saintly lawyers are a bit tedious.

Oct 05, 2020

The plot and the characters were intensely engaging and right from the start I found myself wondering "Did he do it???" The only beef I had with the novel was that it was written in present tense, making it a bit difficult to sink into the narrative. The final scene in Buenos Aires was my favorite - and I too appreciated Sandy's nuanced ponderings on justice, life, and family.

Oct 05, 2020

It's the swansong of Stern & Stern, and Scott Turow is in fine form. The case revolves around FDA approval of a "Breakthrough Therapy" drug, with deception, fraught family relationships, dramatic courtroom revelations, all well-seasoned with the moral - and mortal - reflections of the aged Sandy Stern. Worth reading for Stern's (Turow's) closing arguments in defense of the justice system alone.

Aug 15, 2020

My husband was glued to this book. He totally enjoyed this long fiction thriller. A must read!

Aug 12, 2020

This book is excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. I must agree with the noted author, Daniel Silva, that Turow is the master of courtroom drama.
It is a much better than his previous novel and on par with his earlier work.

Jul 06, 2020

Sandy Stern and his daughter Marta's last trial. The defendant is a long time friend who received a Nobel Prize and designed a successful cancer fighting drug. Drug is fast tracked through FDA trials and into the market through omission of data during the second year of trials which indicates that several patients have died. Sandy is in poor health and barely makes it through this trial......which is why it is the last trial for him. Plot has lots of twists. Ending kind of a disappointment but the description of the trial is interesting.

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