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Ex-San Francisco prosecutor Dismas Hardy (seen in Dead Irish ) seems to be mending his life as bartender and part-owner of a saloon, even spending more time with his ex-wife. Then prosecutor Rusty Ingraham appears with news that Louis Baker, whom he and Dis had sent away years ago, has been released from jail and is out to kill Rusty and Hardy. Within two days, a woman is murdered on Rusty's houseboat and Rusty is missing. Dis has a tough time convincing detective Abe Glitsky that Rusty has been killed by Baker. There are other suspects: the dead woman's husband; a cop driven from the force by Rusty; and a Mob loan shark. Hardy starts his own investigation--and an affair with a pregnant young widow. With a murder of a young drug-dealer, a Mob-like hit, a suicide and other felonies, the case turns in different directions before Dis nails the villain. A large cast, swift pacing and good local color--the bleak look at life in a housing project is riveting--fuel a gripping yarn.
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“THE PLOT TWISTS AND TURNS...Hardy is one of the more real and engaging characters in...crime solving.”—Los Angeles Times
“A LARGE CAST, SWIFT PACING, AND GOOD LOCAL COLOR...A GRIPPING YARN.”—Publishers Weekly
“[Lescroart has a] sensitive touch with psychologically complex characters...a tense, tough, page-turning plot.”—PlayboySee all Editorial Reviews
Twists and turns make this enjoyable reading. Thought I had it figured out but then learned I was wrong. I enjoy Lescoart's writing style and characters/character development. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Islandgal
This is to dated to be interesting. I suppose that borrowers can't be that choosey.Published 2 months ago by Carney Dowlen
I am hooked on the Dismas Hardy books. I love keeping up with their adventures and the developments in the family.Published 2 months ago by Deborah Armando
I think it is the best Dismal Hardy book I've read. It was a real page turner. I didn't want to put it down.Published 2 months ago by Cheryl L. Guerbaoui
Just not enough Diz and Abe personality in this one. Overly complicated plot.....too many characters to keep up with in story.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer