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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Lescroart Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781441802606
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The Curtlees are a powerful force in San Francisco, unscrupulous billionaires who’ve lined every important pocket in the Bay Area in pursuit of their own ascent. So when the family’s heir, Ro Curtlee, was convicted of rape and murder a decade ago, the fallout for those who helped to bring him to justice was swift and uncompromising. The jury foreman was fired from his job and blacklisted in his industry. The lead prosecutor was pushed off the fast track, her dreams of becoming district attorney dashed. And head homicide detective Abe Glitsky was reassigned to the police department’s payroll office. Eventually, all three were able to rebuild their lives.

And then Ro Curtlee’s lawyers won him a retrial, and he was released from jail.

Within twenty-four hours, a fire destroys the home of the original trial’s star witness, her abused remains discovered in the ruins. When a second fire claims a participant in the case, Abe is convinced: Ro is out for revenge. But with no hard evidence and an on-the-take media eager to vilify anyone who challenges Ro, can Abe stop the violence before he finds himself in its crosshairs? How much more can he sacrifice to put Ro back behind bars?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/20/2014

    " Enjoyed the story line but was quite surprised near the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanean | 2/10/2014

    " Good writing. Had me thinking that I knew what was going on and then it started adding twists so that I wasn't so sure. Satisfying conclusion but a couple of holes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/25/2014

    " Lescroart makes you believe in his characters. You hate the bad guys and this one was truly evil. Good story of politics and media meddeling into police matters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/24/2014

    " I am not a book reviewer. But there are good twists, the ensemble cast never disappoints. The end is a little muddled in an effort to tie everything together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 big hiker 2 | 1/19/2014

    " Great book from a great author. It gets 'only' 4 stars from me, however, because I guessed Janice's lover way too early in the story, so that when the Curtlees' situation was resolved, I already knew how the rest of the story would play out. A little bit of a bummer in an overall very good new Glitsky adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shari | 1/17/2014

    " Great book! It kept you on the edge of your seat. The Curtlees, a family with money, try to protect their son who has been in prison for a number of years. The son, Ro, is released from prison awaiting a retrial. The Curtlees tried to destroy the lives of those involved with his original conviction--a police officer, the head of the jury, and an attorney. Now that Ro is released from prison, they continue in their attempts to destroy these people and others involved in the case. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 1/17/2014

    " I couldn't put this book down.This was even though I had a good idea about the ending. Mr. Lescroart keeps the reader on 'the edge of his seat' hoping that nothing really terrible will happen to the main characters. His characters are well developed and the ongoing characters are like old friends. I recommend this book and, although this is not, all of Mr. Lescroart's Dismas Hardy books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 1/16/2014

    " This is really a 3.5 star book. But since I can't do half-stars here, I waffled b/w three and four. Ultimately went with four stars because I found the novel to be a proverbial page-turner. You'll root for the good guys, hiss at the bad guys, and appreciate the ending that isn't completely tied up as expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/14/2014

    " Hmmm...can't decide if I liked this or not. Probably liked it b/c I'm thinking about it. At first, I was really bummed that the book didn't end 50 pages to the end, but the sort of predictable twist at the end did bring some closure to the book. I thought some of the chase/"I know he did it" parts dragged and felt like the middle dragged out until a decision was finally made to nab the guy, already. Didn't completely understand why ALL the "important" officials were characters in the book-some didn't add much to the plot, although I realize that in real life all would be involved in a high profile case like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pjgould | 1/12/2014

    " Lescroart's thrillers have the same characters and I enjoy them - good plot and an interesting twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 1/2/2014

    " This was both entertaining an suspenseful. I couldn't put it down. Despite recognizing what one of the twists was gonna be, I was completely caught off guard by the "justice" that was meted out. Great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica Medina | 12/7/2013

    " I just didn't care about the characters enough to really like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 12/1/2013

    " Unrealistic police thriller in San Francisco - short, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louie Flann | 11/28/2013

    " Very suspenseful. Lots of legal loopholes used by the villains to escape justice; only temporarily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 11/25/2013

    " if you enjoy him this is worth reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E.R. Yatscoff | 8/25/2013

    " This is a pretty good read with a lot of dynamics going on. Lawyers and cops and victims families work together to put away a rich serial killer. Everyone knows the perp did it but proving it is difficult. I'm recommending this one for my website too. Yatscoffbooks.com "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 7/26/2013

    " Just one of those quick reads. No redeeming value, but a good crime/mystery novel that just takes me out of the routines of life. I prefer to read this kind of stuff rather than see it on TV or in a movie. That way I cast and direct it in my head. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 6/24/2013

    " It was barely OK, and I wanted to like it. Wes Farrell is a less interesting character(in spite of his tee shirts, which are pretty good), than Dismas Hardy, Glitsky's partner in other books in the series, and the evil rich family of villains is positively cartoonish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 6/6/2013

    " I hadn't read John Lescroart in a few years, so I found it a bit hard to get into at first. Once the story kicked into high-gear, though, I couldn't wait to pick it up again to see what was going to happen! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 4/4/2013

    " Quick, no brainer read and easily keeps your attention throughout. I enjoy this author so knew what to expect. That he applied an unexpected character twist to Wes Farrell was a nice surprise! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 4/29/2012

    " Very good book! It was comforting to visit again Abe Glitsky, Dismas Hardy, and Wes Farrell. Intriguing plot. Dealt more with the out fall of a criminal's actions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Shaw | 2/14/2012

    " One of the best Abe Glitsky stories I've read to date! Was hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr Stewart | 1/4/2012

    " Enh. Didn't like the antagonist. Not in a, eww that man is a bad person and I don't like him, sort of way. More in a, that man is not especially interesting to me in any particular capacity, kinda way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Yeaney | 12/15/2011

    " Kept my interest throughout but the ending fell a little short. The ending could have been brilliant , had real potential but it was disappointing with what was done or not done with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 6/24/2011

    " Scary story about rich newspaper owners in San Francisco who aid & abet their completely amoral scumbag of a son who preys on immigrant domestics "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sberkin | 5/20/2011

    " Very fast paced, easy to read and held my attention. I want to read more books by him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/18/2011

    " Lots of funs with twists and turns. Next to impossible to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/11/2011

    " I usually like this author very much. I thought this book was pretty corny at times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shirleen | 5/11/2011

    " It was a fast easy read. A good thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 4/19/2011

    " Good, serviceable crime fiction, better written than most. This was a little more ambiguous in outlook than others by Lescroart. I do miss the regulars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James | 4/11/2011

    " enh. i gues it was fast paced, but just didn't really like it. not a whole lot of real sf-ness, and i didn't like the characters (bad guys clearly bad, good guys not that fun, no internal dialogue).

    what bothers me is i can't remember what recommended the book to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hrn1947 | 4/10/2011

    " good story. it's easy to dislike the rich in this book. hard to understand the legal shinnanigins that go on. how do these judges sleep? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori | 4/8/2011

    " I've read all the Lescroart mysteries, which I usually enjoy, but this was the worst. The plot was implausible and I am tired of brutal, horrific murders. I am also sickened by serial murders, which are not the norm in our society, but I guess sells books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 3/28/2011

    " Love his books - especially liked this one with Abe Glitsky's thoughts. I did find it a little "long on the tooth" to get into the story and the interesting parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 3/28/2011

    " Good read with an exciting ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 3/27/2011

    " Another good tale by Lescroart. "

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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.