The Last Trial - Scott Turow

The Last Trial

By Scott Turow

  • Release Date: 2020-05-12
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 671 Ratings


Two formidable men collide in this "first-class legal thriller" and New York Times bestseller from Scott Turow: a "brilliant courtroom chess match" about a celebrated criminal defense lawyer and the prosecution of his lifelong friend -- a doctor accused of murder (David Baldacci).

At eighty-five 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 be 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, he 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.
Full of the deep insights into the spaces where the fragility of human nature and the justice system collide, Scott Turow's The Last Trial is a masterful legal thriller that unfolds in page-turning suspense -- and questions how we measure a life.



  • Tedious

    By BrianL99
    Not much of a book.
  • the last trial

    By Mrs. Disledog
    First book I've read by this author...and will be my last. Took forever to get thru the courtroom scenes. I have to say "Boring". I was so hoping for more.
  • Boring, plodding and tedious

    By Rodmand
    Not at all what I expected based on his other novels and the “acclaim” for this one. Gets slightly better toward the middle, if you can make it that far. Definitely not a compelling or fast passed read. Quite the opposite.
  • Another Turow Masterpiece!!!

    By angle102
    Amazing novel!! Sandy Stern is one of the great character in modern literature. From his introduction in Presumed Innocent to his very intimate story in The Burden Of Proof, he has become an iconic figure in several of Scott Turow’s novels!! This one is no exception! It grabs the reader from the beginning and never lets up!
  • The Last Trial

    By Xyzygy
    I’ve read all of Scott’s books. This is his worst.
  • The Last Trial

    By Joanabake
    Too much courtyard blather, boring page after page of medical technicalities. I skipped a lot, thinking it would get better. It didn’t.
  • The Last Witness

    By Merri BD
    Brilliant! The story was told through the human elements of the characters. As always, the courtroom and legal process was interesting and realistic. It was poignant to know Sandy Stern in his later years.
  • The Lat Trial

    By Halsterx
    5/5 stars. Realistic detail. Believable plot. Great characters. Intriguing twists. Couldn’t put it down! Hal R