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Dead Irish (Dismas Hardy) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
Thats why I think I felt that Dead Irish was such a refreshing Lescroart book for one who has basically worked backwards along the series arc. In Dead Irish the characters are just being formed, given substance. Its interesting to see the long standing friendships that would later come to be take shape.
The story itself is also pretty interesting, though nothing earth shattering. What I like about it is that all in all it is a fairly simple plot, no mass killings or huge rampages. Instead this book is about the small things. Dismas' friend is killed or has commited suicide and he takes it upon himself to uncover exactly what occured.
This is one of the best Lescroart books. I would say you should read this if you have not yet done so and have previously read others in the series. However, if you are looking for something earth shattering in this genre I would suggest that you turn instead to Cormac McCarthy's 'No Country for Old Men'.
But when Moses' brother-in-law is found dead--a young man who Moses' little sister says was a younger version of Hardy before life chewed him up--Hardy ends up investigating whether it was murder or suicide. Gradually, & perhaps inevitably, he begins to care again.
I started one of these books a couple years ago & it didn't grab me, probably because it is a third person private eye novel--a major departure from the rules of the genre. But I found this one for fifty cents & figured I'd give it a shot.
I'm extremely glad that I did.
An obvious freshman effort, Dead Irish lacks the tension necessary for successful mysteries, and is fairly easy to figure out. But it's interesting to learn the back story, a couple of elements fall into place in Diz's life, and the psychological interplay among the various characters is well done.
I like San Francisco as a setting for a series, but there didn't seem to be much that grabbed me in this introductory book, certainly not the way Nesbo's Hari, nor Bingham's Fiona, nor Billingham's Thorne did. The writing was adequate and the characters were done fairly well. But there were some minor irritants. It was a tad too long so the tension waned a bit, it did not give me the feel of an author steeped in police procedure, e.g., our hero Hardy gets all kind of access to police info and crime scene presence that just struck me as very unrealistic and there was little forensic detail. and it took a cheap shot at a missionary priest that was demeaning, completely unnecessary and irrelevant. From the little I know of this series, it seems best to read the books in order. So, if I do get around to reading #2 it better be a helluva lot better than #1.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'll read the next one as soon as I finish the one i'm readingPublished 1 month ago by Harvey Walker
Lescroart is an excellent writer, and I have read most of his books. But I no longer buy them because of his superficial relationship to animals; whom he sees as just being food. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sonya w
This was the first book in Lescroart's Dismas Hardy series. Dismas is an ex-cop and former lawyer now working part time in a bar. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J.C.D.
Lescroart's first "Dismas Hardy" novel. A good place to start since he's written many Dismas novels. Highly recommended. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thriller-Mystery Writer
The first of the Dismas Hardy books, written by somebody who really knows their SF.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love Lescrart and have read ALL his books. Love that they are set in San Francisco. The only problem is I want more stories of his to read.Published 4 months ago by shorty2
Flashes of a coherent plot interspersed with hours of drivel. Eventual solution to murders is so far from believable that I could only scan the closing chapter. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stewart W. Smith
know this was one of his earliest books - was very well written especially consideration all the super books he has written since, of which I have read nearly all! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer