Turow is outstanding at presenting expert witnesses without getting lost in the technical details.
Regulations on drug testing, the double blind studies and protocols on reporting could be of modest interest but, with lives at stake, Turow makes the evidence compelling. Marta is tasked with questioning the experts. While Turow barely mentions in passing the time needed to prepare such a cross-examination a real life Marta would have spent hours and hours. Her questions blunt some of the force of the experts. (It is a rare circumstance when a lawyer can challenge an expert. They simply have more knowledge of their subject than lawyers. I did have the chance to ask questions of prominent doctors at the Royal Commission of Inquiry Into the Canadian Blood System. Other lawyers were both more interested and capable of asking technical questions. I was able to get some answers on issues important to my clients by asking questions that dealt with the circumstances facing my clients. I sought to personalize what was too often, to my thinking, an abstract process.)Beyond his skill with presenting complex evidence Turow can maintain, even increase, drama by introducing points of law whose decisions alter the plot. Few authors of legal fiction can sustain interest in legal questions. His explorations of law are clear and concise. It has been a puzzle to me why Turow has not won the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. The Last Case will be a strong contender in 2021.