The Case of the Welched Reward: Spies, the FBI and Pursuit of Peru’s Most Infamous Fugitive

Reward takes the reader behind the scenes of an international manhunt and an unusual lawsuit that rattled law enforcement in three countries. The story is born out of a real-life spy thriller—the flight of Peru’s notorious National Security chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, who was accused of many crimes that grew to include extra-judicial killings, extortion and stealing a billion dollars in government money. As this tense story unfolds, Reward provides insights for courtroom spectators into the art of persuasion, strategies for cross-examination, and storytelling.

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Squeezing Silver: Peru’s Trial Against Nelson Bunker Hunt  |   Available on Amazon

With vivid descriptions of characters and events, attorney Mark Cymrot brings alive crucial moments and memorable tensions in the 1988 trial that unveiled one of America’s most colorful and creative financial deceptions: the 1979-1980 scheme to rig the world silver market.” – Ann Hagedorn, Staff Reporter who covered the trial, Wall Street Journal

Mark Cymrot, courtroom profile

Unearthing the intricacies of a worldwide conspiracy, tracing billions into brokerage firms and seemingly impenetrable Swiss bank accounts, and shaping a narrative to convince a jury is the work of a trial lawyer. But how is it done in the face of talented advocates mocking your case as a “broad daylight conspiracy” or a “cropped photograph?”  In Squeezing Silver, Mark Cymrot explores his insights for  legal thriller junkies and students of trial practice.

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Mark Cymrot in Court