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3.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 5 3.66 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Lescroart Narrator: Robert Lawrence Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dismas Hardy Series Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597102926
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At last recovered from a near-fatal gunshot wound, Lieutenant Abe Glitsky is back at work. But instead of returning to his old job as chief of homicide detail, he’s assigned a desk job in the payroll department, where he has no business investigating murders—until his father’s closest friend is shot dead in a downtown pawn shop. Glitsky asks the new homicide lieutenant about the case, but the brass tells him to stay out of it. Guided by the Patrol Special—a private police force supervised by the SFPD that is a holdover from San Francisco's vigilante past—the police have already targeted their prime suspect: John Holiday, proprietor of a run-down local bar, and a friend and client of Dismas Hardy.

Hardy has ample reason to doubt both his client’s guilt and the evidence conveniently stacked against him. Hardy turns to Glitsky for help, but when Holiday is implicated in the grisly killings of two more men, their pleas fall on hostile ears. To avoid arrest, Holiday turns fugitive, and the police believe three things: that Hardy’s a liar protecting Holiday, that Holiday is a cold-blooded killer, and that Glitsky’s a bad cop on the wrong side of the law.

And as the deadly pursuit for a murderer intensifies, Hardy, Glitsky, and even their families are directly threatened by the forces that want to see Holiday brought down. Cut off from the system that they both served, denied justice from the corridors of power, and increasingly isolated at every turn, Hardy and Glitsky face their darkest hour. For when the law that is meant to shield and protect those closest to them fails, they must look to another, more primal law in order to survive.…

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/16/2014

    " A better story than the previous. These are quick and easy, but a bit repetitious. I'm interested in seeing what happens next, so I continue on in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia Walter | 2/3/2014

    " Abe Glitsky and Dismas Hardy find themselves the target of a rogue private security force with deep connections to the SFPD and other government officials. When their families are threatened with violence, they take the law into their own hands. The suspense was masterfully sustained and the ethical and moral ambiguity of our heroes' actions explored to some degree. However, I found the narrative, with frequent flashbacks, to be quite convoluted. Not Lescroart's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deena Samhammer | 1/25/2014

    " I recommend this book. Dismas Hardy has fast become one of my favorite literary characters. Read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 1/21/2014

    " I started off really liking John Lescroart, but am not as enthralled as I once was. Glitsky and Hardy are back in this novel, although Abe is no longer homicide chief; he is in payroll after being shot. What is really disappointing is the total lack of caring these main characters show for longtime friend and iconic lawyer Freeman, who is brutally beaten in this complex who dun it. Earlier reviews of this author's work mention issues that bothered me, but I got over them because the books were compelling. I no longer feel that way. Everyone is expendable, the plot is looser, and the book rambles on. A character (Freeman) who was intimately involved in previous novels deserved a lot more than this effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenene | 1/8/2014

    " My version actually had 403 pages and not listed among the many other editions. As usual, loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/2/2014

    " Lescroart is one of my favourite authors. This was a great book, like everything he writes! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 12/29/2013

    " above average law/police suspense novel, taking place in San Francisco. I've read several, this is one of my favorites....no courtroom drama in this one and more action. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 12/20/2013

    " I have read several other Lescroart; this may be it for me. I just didnt care enough but thought it more engaging towards end. Not enough though and wouldnt recommend. Overall, a 2/12 but not upgrading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Audrey | 12/10/2013

    " I think I'm not a big Dismas Hardy fan..... This book was okay and I certainly had no trouble reading it, but it didn't "wow" me at all. Pick something else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erjanoco | 12/6/2013

    " Another fast-paced Lescroart novel. I particularly enjoy his interaction of characters within the San Francisco PD and the San Fran law firm in his books. G "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 12/4/2013

    " Dismass and Abe team up to kill bad cops "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle | 11/29/2013

    " Another excellent addition to the Dismas Hardy series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Humkeb | 6/27/2013

    " Lescroart is a favorite author of mine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 6/5/2013

    " The First Law (Dismas Hardy) by John Lescroart (2004) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/19/2012

    " Good crime scene law mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crablady79 | 9/17/2012

    " I enjoyed this book, however I think he gets a little long in repeating the same thing happening toward the end of the book. But, that did not stop me from finishing the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kw | 8/8/2012

    " Good crime novel, with the good guys not in position to influence the authorities, as more and more who know too much pay the price. Lot of reading, but enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 7/19/2012

    " Really enjoyed this Dismas Hardy / Abe Glitsky novel, slightly different departure from majority of series to date but an excellent read none the less. There is some great characters in these books. Well recommended. 4,5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne Mcnutt | 5/17/2012

    " Excellent!! Read ALL of this authors books. So much better than Grisham or anyone else in this genre!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/8/2011

    " Although I am a huge fan of John Lescroart's, I did not enjoy this story. It was unusually violent and left me feeling very uneasy and guilty (if you read it, you'll understand). It, however, is key to later novels and must be read in sequence, so I can't NOT recommend it! What a dilemma! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 10/16/2011

    " A glitsy Glitsky detective novel for fun. I enjoy the excitement and quick read from John Lescroart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 4/26/2011

    " Good characters, interesting plot. I wanted more courtroom action, but overall pretty satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna Hansen | 4/12/2011

    " One of the best Dismas Hardy stories I have read. Sure get attached to these characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 3/31/2011

    " Really enjoyed this Dismas Hardy / Abe Glitsky novel, slightly different departure from majority of series to date but an excellent read none the less. There is some great characters in these books. Well recommended. 4,5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crablady79 | 7/29/2010

    " I enjoyed this book, however I think he gets a little long in repeating the same thing happening toward the end of the book. But, that did not stop me from finishing the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/21/2010

    " Lescroart is one of my favourite authors. This was a great book, like everything he writes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 2/3/2010

    " One of the best Dismas Hardy stories I have read. Sure get attached to these characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Audrey | 7/21/2009

    " I think I'm not a big Dismas Hardy fan..... This book was okay and I certainly had no trouble reading it, but it didn't "wow" me at all. Pick something else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erjanoco | 4/29/2009

    " Another fast-paced Lescroart novel. I particularly enjoy his interaction of characters within the San Francisco PD and the San Fran law firm in his books. G "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/18/2009

    " The First Law (Dismas Hardy) by John Lescroart (2004) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 10/28/2008

    " Although I am a huge fan of John Lescroart's, I did not enjoy this story. It was unusually violent and left me feeling very uneasy and guilty (if you read it, you'll understand). It, however, is key to later novels and must be read in sequence, so I can't NOT recommend it! What a dilemma! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 6/11/2008

    " A glitsy Glitsky detective novel for fun. I enjoy the excitement and quick read from John 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.