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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,148 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: December 2004 ISBN: 9781597105026
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It starts with a double homicide. Because of the high profiles of the victims—a politically connected socialite and his glamorous fiancée—the mayor of San Francisco herself demands that a high-ranking detective be put on the case. And so Abe Glitsky is thrust into the controversial investigation.

Dan Cuneo, the officer already working the case, is immediately wary of Glitsky and doesn’t hide his distrust. Matters are made worse when Cuneo starts to focus on his primary suspect—who also happens to be an old girlfriend of Dismas Hardy. For Hardy and Glitsky, this is an awkward and uncomfortable coincidence. But for Cuneo, it’s proof positive of collusion, and yet another instance of Glitsky cheating with his insider friends and cronies.

Convinced that Hardy’s client is the wrong suspect, Glitsky breaks ranks within the police department to continue his own investigation. As Hardy’s murder trial builds to its stunning conclusion, Glitsky’s search for the truth does more than fuel suspicion against the two men. It reveals a trail of deception that leads beyond San Francisco, where exposing desperate secrets can be the most deadly offense.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dannye | 2/19/2014

    " Excellent read! Legal thrillers can often be rather dry because there is so much emphasis put on the legal aspects that the characters are often two-dimensional or too dry for words. Not the case with Lescroart! We are not only exposed to the professional sides of Dismas Hardy and Abraham Glitsky, but also to their engaging humor, their fears, their families along with the dramas they create, and all the other elements that cause a reader to step right into their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 2/13/2014

    " This was a good one. My favorite characters (Abe and Dismas) involved in solving the crime of who murdered a man and his fiance and then burnt his house down around him. Good one about a mixed up family and a good twist at the end (although it wasn't too hard to guess the twist--girlfriend did it and framed daughter-in-law). Liked it, will keep it on my shelves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Efiore | 2/4/2014

    " I like legal thrillers that have some historical background. "

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

    " Similar pace and style to the rest of the Dis Hardy series. Not the best, not the worst. "

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

    " Really good. Kept we wondering if the bad guys might win or the somewhat tainted heroine may lose. Dismas and Abe at their finest. Its a good Idea to read past books cuz some of that info is required to keep up with this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 11/15/2013

    " Not a bad instalment to the long running Hardy / Glitsky series. This time sees the pair caught up in a high profile murder trial, intricate details aplenty concerning past incidents keep this entertaining for fans of the series. Decent read - 3.5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 10/29/2013

    " I like the lead up and legal case in this book from Lescroart but not the ending. The book starts when the home of a powerful patron of San Francisco politics home is burned to the ground and the bodies of both he and his fiance are found in the ashes. Further investigation reveals that they were both shot before the fire making it a murder investigation. Dismas hardy becomes involved when his ex-girlfriend the daughter-in-law of the deceased is charged with the crime. Nice investigation and court case back and forth but as I started off the ending comes of kind of unrealistic and flat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MaryAnn | 10/28/2013

    " One of my new favorite authors! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Humkeb | 10/25/2013

    " Yes, I like John Lescroart! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 9/23/2013

    " Added this review years after reading the book. Don't remember much other than what's in the description. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/8/2012

    " I'm liking Dismas Hardy more and more though Harry Bosche is still my favorite. In this book, Dismas has to defend the daughter-in-law of a wealthy man who was killed in a fire and who also happens to be an old girlfriend "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 6/15/2012

    " One of my favorite authors "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 6/12/2012

    " Like Lescroart but not my favorite slow read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hugh Warren | 6/8/2011

    " It's one you don't like to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 7/4/2010

    " This is the first of his books I have read but it won't be the last. A really good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole Anderson | 4/11/2010

    " I'm just discovering this author and really like the suspense in his novels. This was a good one. No violence; lots of mystery; lots of twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/6/2010

    " This was a great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 7/25/2009

    " Yep - really liked this one. It moves fast, has Hardy and Glitsky who I find humorous characters and few story twists to keep you guessing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davie | 3/17/2009

    " This book was ok. Started slow just like most Lescroat books, but was still a good courtroom drama book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/6/2009

    " Good mystery. Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitzky are friends in search of the killer of a prominent San Francisco attorney and his fiancee. Dismas is defending a friend accused of the murder but believes in her innocence. Abe is trying to check on some faulty police work. A very good who done it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margo Kelly | 6/7/2008

    " The book was ok - but if I'm going to read a "thrilling page turner" I will stick with Dean Koontz until I've read all of his books. "

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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.