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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (881 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Lescroart Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dismas Hardy Series Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781423339724
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When Dismas Hardy agrees to clean up the caseload of recently disappeared attorney Charlie Bowen, he thinks it will be easy. But one of the cases is far from small-time—the appeal to overturn the murder conviction of National Guard reservist Evan Scholler, who has been sentenced to life without parole for the murder of an ex-Navy SEAL and private contractor named Ron Nolan. Two rapid-fire events in Iraq conspired to bring the men into fatal conflict: Nolan’s relationship with Evan’s girlfriend, Tara, a beautiful schoolteacher back home in the States, followed by a deadly incident in which Nolan’s apparent mistake results in the death of an innocent Iraqi family as well as seven men in Evan’s platoon. As the murky relationship between the U.S. government and its private contractors plays out in the personal drama of these two men, and the consequences for Evan become a desperate matter of life and death, Dismas Hardy begins to uncover a terrible and perilous truth that takes him far beyond the case and into the realm of assassination and treason.

From the treacherous streets of Iraq to the courtrooms of California, Betrayal is a magnificent tour de force of pure storytelling.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey Black | 2/17/2014

    " This is a good read if you like James Patterson, Grisham, etc. I liked the current themes (Iraq) as well as the law aspect. I am a closet lawyer you know. There were a few words I could have done without but they are easily skipped over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 2/8/2014

    " This book in the Dismas Hardy series by John Lescroart was fascinating to me for it's glimpse into how the world of defense contracting in Iraq works. (Or doesn't work, depending on your point of view.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 2/7/2014

    " First three-fourths of the book are amazing, final 100 pages sort of drags, with the end result pretty predictable. But could not put the book down for the first 300 pages or so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlis | 2/4/2014

    " This was quite interesting! We really enjoyed listening to it. It is the story of a Iraq war vet, his trial and appeal. So it has the elements of telling the story and the legal aftermath. Very intelligently done. The reader is quite good, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 1/27/2014

    " This is a Dismas Hardy with a strange twist...I couldn't put it down!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 1/15/2014

    " Couldn't even finish it, and we all know how rare it is that I cannot force myself to even plow through the worst dreck. It was just, well, boring. Bad Lescroart, BAD! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 1/8/2014

    " Dismas Hardy is always good, but the plot lines in this book were weak and preposterous everywhere, in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 12/31/2013

    " I've read all Lescroart's Dismas Hardy novels (I love the name Dismas!) This last one was a bit different. The story revolved around Iraq, which I thought would be boring, but it did get pretty interesting. Slow start, but good finish. I feel like Dismas is a friend of mine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 12/20/2013

    " A fast, enjoyable read but the ending was a bit disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 User3162 | 12/14/2013

    " Since Lescroart cannot come up with enough of a story in the Dismis Hardy series to fill a book, I will not buy any more of his stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 12/12/2013

    " It took 2/3 of the book to build the story... not a bad thing, the author used that much of the book to build the characters block by block and did an excellent job... the last third was taking care of wrapping up each character and concluding the storyline which was very well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 12/9/2013

    " This is my favorite Lescroart book yet. I really enjoyed this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Lynn | 12/7/2013

    " Just what you would expect. Characters are fairly cliche, but the story had a few unexpected twists. The hero wasn't entirely perfect, had a few character flaws, which was nice. A fast, easy read that was entertaining enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Mangigian | 5/5/2013

    " I absolutely love the Dismas Hardy books and this one was particularly good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Salazar | 10/11/2012

    " I just read this (again perhaps?) I love this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 9/17/2012

    " Good story, just much too long. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristine Dunn | 3/31/2012

    " This book was interesting. A good twist, good characters. Overall, I wouldn't run out to read it, but if you had it on your night stand, feel free to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxann | 2/8/2012

    " I read this book because my sister told me she couldn't 'put it down' until she was finished. Well it took me a week or so. The last third of the book is the best. Lots of background knowledge, murder and political twist in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Samuel | 8/13/2011

    " A departure from the usual format; however an exciting and fast pasted read. Very worthy of John Lescroart; who never fails to exceed expectation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rburrell24 | 3/3/2011

    " One of his best mystery reads "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/14/2011

    " An investigation that uncovers corruption in the Iraq War. A heart pounder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/6/2010

    " A chapter or 2 of war in Iraz, but then a murder in SF, trial, and more! Could hardly put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 5/25/2010

    " This is what I call an "airplane book." I always like something engrossing to read while traveling and this book was a good fit. It is pure entertainment, but written well enough that I would read book by the same author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 5/2/2010

    " everything didn't get answered for me ... maybe it was in there but ...
    it jumped around a bit much for my taste "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxann | 2/27/2010

    " I read this book because my sister told me she couldn't 'put it down' until she was finished. Well it took me a week or so. The last third of the book is the best. Lots of background knowledge, murder and political twist in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 12/20/2009

    " A fast, enjoyable read but the ending was a bit disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 User3162 | 11/5/2009

    " Since Lescroart cannot come up with enough of a story in the Dismis Hardy series to fill a book, I will not buy any more of his stories. "

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About the Author
Author John Lescroart

John Lescroart is the author of numerous crime thrillers, including the Dismas Hardy series, of which several novels were New York Times bestsellers. His novel Dead Irish was a finalist for the Shamus Award, just one of many awards he has received for his fiction.

About the Narrator

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has recorded more than one hundred audiobooks, earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His narration of The Suspect was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2007.