Search Results: "John Lescroart"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FALL by John Lescroart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 2015

"'You're never going to believe what just happened,' as The Beck's roommate tells her at one point, could be a motto, for better or worse, for the whole wild tale. The final twist, however, is sadly predictable."
Dismas Hardy's daughter, Rebecca, the most junior associate at his law firm, gets her own first case, and it's a doozy. Read full book review >

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THE KEEPER by John Lescroart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 6, 2014

"Glitsky isn't the only one who's in for a bumpy ride, for beneath the cathartic outburst of homicides are more perps than you can waggle a Taser at. The investigation, heartfelt but untidy, ranks in the middle range among Hardy and Glitsky's caseload."
Just because San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy's friend Lt. Abe Glitsky's been forced out as chief of SFPD Homicide doesn't mean he can't go back to work—as an independent investigator for Hardy himself, with all the complications fans would expect. Read full book review >

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FATAL by John Lescroart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Lescroart manages the first movement of this cautionary tale by mixing his pitches with exquisite control. Once the homicide investigation kicks in, things become altogether more routine, though he still has a few nifty surprises in store for fans who'd expect nothing less."
After dishing out 20-plus cases to San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy and his friends and relations (The Fall, 2015, etc.), Lescroart pens a stand-alone whose Bay Area is just as tense and treacherous even if you're not part of the justice system. Read full book review >

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DAMAGE by John Lescroart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

Ten years after his conviction, a legal technicality sets a murderous rapist free, with predictably disastrous results. Read full book review >

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TREASURE HUNT by John Lescroart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Worth reading only for Lescroart's customary sharp-edged portrait of the myriad temptations San Francisco offers citizens with money and power."
A month from throwing in the towel, Wyatt Hunt gets a chance to put his faltering private-investigation firm back on the map. Read full book review >

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THE SECOND CHAIR by John Lescroart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2004

"What remains, as usual with Lescroart (The First Law, 2002, etc.), is a sociological take on the justice system—every motive is carefully nuanced, every player rooted in social reality—excelled only by Scott Turow."
San Francisco lawyer Dismas Hardy plays second fiddle to his junior partner in the case of the preppy accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend and their drama coach. Read full book review >

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THE SUSPECT by John Lescroart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 16, 2007

"Lescroart cuts back on his trademark sociological sweep to deliver the mid-grade pleasures of the genre: a slow start, realistically repetitious interrogations, some crackling courtroom scenes and a surprise ending that will catch at least half his readers unawares. "
The author's latest legal thriller assigns a starring role to Gina Roake, yet another in his ever-expanding corps of regulars from the San Francisco justice system. Read full book review >

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THE MERCY RULE by John Lescroart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 10, 1998

"Lots going on, then, though even the most patient readers may finish the book annoyed with the score of characters left undeveloped, and the way their feelings about euthanasia have been toyed with in what turns out to be a leviathan red herring."
San Francisco lawyer Dismas Hardy (A Certain Justice, 1995, etc.) is back from Lescroart's disappointing Guilt (1997)—this time defending a potential case of euthanasia in a gripping but erratically plotted legal drama. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST LAW by John Lescroart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 27, 2003

"The sturdy but simple conflict between Establishment villains and a heroic band of merry men is stretched to the breaking point by male-bonding badinage and felonies obbligato."
It's lawyers vs. cops, rent-a-cops vs. cops, cops vs. cops in Lescroart's latest big bite of Bay City malfeasance (The Oath, Feb. 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BETRAYAL by John Lescroart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 2008

"Sturdy wartime intrigue, subpar courtroom drama, little mystery, much righteous (and infectious) anger. A great case, but a decidedly mixed verdict."
Bay Area lawyer Dismas Hardy's first starring role since The First Law (2003) tackles a controversial subject: the independent contractors making a killing in Iraq. Read full book review >

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THE HEARING by John Lescroart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 23, 2001

"The answer isn't much more of a surprise than the revelation of who killed Elaine Wager, but Lescroart still lays on the political intrigue as fearlessly as if he were writing exposé journalism rather than courtroom drama."
Another seminar in the sociology of criminal justice pits attorney Dismas Hardy (Nothing but the Truth, 2000, etc.) against his old friend, San Francisco Homicide chief Lt. Abe Glitsky, and pretty much everybody else in sight. Read full book review >

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POISON by John Lescroart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Though it lacks both the sociological scope and the double-barreled plotting of Lescroart's best, this relatively routine, expertly handled case is still well worth your time."
Back in the saddle after a brief hiatus for the stand-alone Fatal (2017), San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy spends most of his time wishing he weren't. And he's not the only one. Read full book review >