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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,548 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: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597106764
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Dismas Hardy is finally on top: As a managing partner at his thriving, newly reorganized law firm, he’s a rainmaker and fix-it guy for clients leery of taking their chances in a courtroom. Now Hardy’s up-and-coming associate, Amy Wu, brings him a high-profile case: Andrew Bartlett, the seventeen-year-old son of a prominent San Francisco family, has been arrested for the double slaying of his girlfriend and his English teacher. The D.A. wants to try him as an adult. Determined to get the case into juvenile court, and overwhelmed by the mounting evidence against her client, Wu asks Hardy to sit second chair for her in Bartlett’s defense.

As the Bartlett case moves swiftly to trial, another series of murders grips the city. An unseen killer seems to be shooting citizens wantonly, and as fear and anxiety build around the Executioner (as he is quickly dubbed in the ensuing media frenzy), Abe Glitsky, the newly promoted deputy chief of the Investigations Bureau, leads the desperate hunt to stop him.

With the city on the verge of panic, Hardy and Glitsky are locked in a race against time—to save a client and to catch a murderer. But nothing is what it seems, and as both men’s cases twist and turn to their shocking conclusions, the very foundations of San Francisco’s legal system will be shaken to the core.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 2/11/2014

    " Lawyer tactics that backfire at times. Is he guilty or not? Plea bargains and deals. Who will solve the crime? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Blaine | 2/9/2014

    " Pretty good legal thriller. Lescroart's books are enjoyable and this was one of the better ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 2/6/2014

    " This is my first book by Lescroart. I found it every bit as good as a John Grisham courtroom drama. I liked the relationship between Dismas Hardy , partner in a San Francisco law firm, and his friend, Abe Glitsky, Deputy Chief of the Investigations Bureau. Hardy's young associate, Amy Wu, is struggling with a murder case involving a 17-year-old boy, and Hardy agrees to sit second chair in the boy's defense. Lescroart's portrayal of the characters is spot-on genuine - they are imperfect humans trying to make sense of life and struggling (mostly) to do the right thing. Even though the ending was not a surprise, I liked the book and will read more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary D | 1/31/2014

    " You gotta love Dismas Hardy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 1/23/2014

    " I think this is the second time I've read this...but it was worth a second read. I always enjoy his books and the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 1/17/2014

    " Not a bad 9th Dismas Hardy novel, this time see's his law firm defending a youth accused of double murder. Not as good as some of the other novels in the series. 3.5 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Anne | 1/11/2014

    " CD set chosen by spouse for auto trip to Colorado & S Dak. Good for prairie driving =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee Moss | 1/6/2014

    " Solid legal mystery. First John Lescroart that I've read. My only quibble is that it could use a little editing. I think the 456 pages could be shaved down a bit with no harm to the story. But if you're looking for good old fashioned escapism, you can't go wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa McClintock | 1/3/2014

    " this was suspenseful i didn't want to stop listening "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 12/28/2013

    " Another good lawyer drama to listen to in the car. Don't usually like reading them that much, but great in the car! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kw | 12/22/2013

    " I always enjoy books by this author, and this was no exception. I was a little disappointed to have known pretty much how it would end and so long before it actually did. The villain could have been a bit better disguised. Still, it's a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 12/13/2013

    " a really good book. a suprise ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 12/8/2013

    " A good legal thriller with a surprise twist at the end. I enjoy reading Lescroart's legal thrillers which often include the Dismas Hardy character. Wonder why he hasn't gotten the same press as John Grisham -- they're in the same league as far as I'm concerned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 10/29/2013

    " Great book! Highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walter Straus | 3/8/2013

    " As usual with Lescroart, wonderful and engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 2/10/2013

    " Althought the plot line for this book was compelling, it was so complicated with sub plots that I lost interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 1/4/2013

    " This is one of the better Dismas Hardy books. There's much to love about Dismas and Abe... their lives, eccentricities, families, and passion for work and people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/16/2012

    " This is a great mystery about a rich teen accused of murdering his drama teacher and girlfriend. He is held in juvenile detention pending trial and given a young, new lawyer. A nail-biter to the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Woodruff | 1/5/2012

    " Entertaining, but the killer was predictable much too early in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 10/24/2011

    " John Lescroart is one of the authors whose books I grab when I see them at book sales--ones I like to reread. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curvy | 10/14/2011

    " Loved this book! Loved. I think Lescroart is a talented writer, his stories grip me and I've come to love Abe and Dismas and Frannie and the boys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 9/23/2011

    " Not one of Lescroart's best Dismas Hardy books, but still enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna Hansen | 9/10/2011

    " One of my favorite John Lescroart novels -- Abe and Dismas in the same story -- great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 9/2/2011

    " #9 in series: Hardy has lost his faith in the law, Andrew Bartlett, the seventeen-year-old son of a prominent San Francisco family, has been arrested for the double slaying of his girlfriend and his English teacher. evidence is overwhelming "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laritza | 4/25/2011

    " Talk about a convoluted story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walter | 4/1/2011

    " As usual with Lescroart, wonderful and engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/9/2011

    " Another excellent book by John Lescroat! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/30/2010

    " Great book! Highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Anne | 8/24/2010

    " CD set chosen by spouse for auto trip to Colorado & S Dak. Good for prairie driving =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 8/19/2010

    " Lawyer tactics that backfire at times. Is he guilty or not? Plea bargains and deals. Who will solve the crime? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 7/17/2010

    " I like his 2 chief characters (Dismas & Abe), & he packs it in sufficiently to make it a diverting (if non-literary) evening read --
    my substitute for t.v. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laritza | 4/2/2010

    " Talk about a convoluted story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 3/7/2010

    " this is about in the middle of the dismas hardy series. i have always loved this series excellent legal read...suspensful to the end. characters warm and engaging.
    plots intrically intertwined.
    on my way to the next one...the motive "

  • 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 2/3/2010

    " One of my favorite John Lescroart novels -- Abe and Dismas in the same story -- great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/27/2010

    " Typical Lescroart, but has moved the focus more to the supporting characters. A bit different, and I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 12/7/2009

    " Another good lawyer drama to listen to in the car. Don't usually like reading them that much, but great in the car! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 10/4/2009

    " this was suspenseful i didn't want to stop listening "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Herzog | 9/13/2009

    " Some series improve as they evolve - this is one of them. It seems to me that Hardy is quite a different person from his early days as a bartender. He now begins to assume the David Freeman role and his relationship with Glitzky is always enjoyable. "

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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.