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The Vig (Dismas Hardy) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2006

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Book 2 of 16 in the Dismas Hardy Series

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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.”—Playboy

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Product Details

  • Series: Dismas Hardy
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451219155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451219152
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Lescroart's newest book, THE KEEPER, appeared on the New York Times best-seller list soon after its release in May, 2014. Thanks for your support!

John Lescroart is the New York Times Bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including most recently THE KEEPER, available online and in bookstores now. He has written seventeen novels in the San Francisco based Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky series. Libraries Unlimited has included him in its publication "The 100 Most Popular Thriller and Suspense Authors," his books have been translated into twenty languages in more than seventy-five countries, and his short stories appear in many anthologies.

John's blog at JohnLescroart.com is updated regularly with writing tips, insights on his books, recipes, recommendations, book give-aways, and more! Please also find John on Twitter and Facebook.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having started with later Lescroart books, I already knew Dismas Hardy, his main character. In the latter books he was already married to Frannie with hints about a troubled past. Going Back to The Vig at the beginning of the story he is getting back together with his first wife but still in his bummed out mode. He is tending bar with his friend Moses when Rusty Ingraham walks in one day telling him a tale about a con who is to be released that has promised to come looking to kill the both of them. Actually Rusty has come up with a complicated scam designed to allow him to disappear and Dismas to be the one to point the finger at the ex-con for killing him. There are several semmingly unrelated murders that keep going back to a mob enforcer who has been collecting "The Vig"...the ever increasing interest on loan sharking. Dismas' friend, Abe doesn't take the threat on Hardy's life seriously enough and it falls to Hardy to prove that Baker, the ex-con did not commit the murders he is accused of. The various characters are well developed and the story works well. The challenge of solving the mysteries helps to rehabilitate Dismas Hardy and sees him begin a relationship with Frannie who becomes his wife in future novels. If you didn't read it along the way, read it now. Lescroart is great reading.
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The customers who panned this book obviously thought of John Lescroart as a legal thriller writer only. But before he put Dismas back into the courtroom, Lescroart's books were sort of Irish Elmore Leonard mysteries. That may be jarring for people, but come on, folks! Are you really so bound into formula that your brains can't switch gears and enjoy this?
The Vig is a fine mystery with a complex plot, endearing characters, and great dialogue.
Anyone who can call this a Grisham wannabe isn't thinking, and recommending a Ludlum wannabe like The Day After Tomorrow is CERTAINLY comparing apples to cinder blocks.
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This is one of the early books in the trials and tribulations of Dismas Hardy and even if you have read the later books, it is worth reading. The mystery created in the book is interesting, you learn the history of his eventual marriage to Frannie (which happens in other books), and you learn more about the relationship between Hardy and Lt. Abe Glitsky. Not a bad bargain for the price of a paperback.
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The Vig, by John Lescroart, is the 2nd entry in the excellent series featuring defense attorney Dismas Hardy and his longtime friend San Francisco Police Department Homicide Investigator Abe Glitsky. This is a good book with an interesting story, but it is more important as a set-up novel for the great series that follows. Hardy and Glitsky are threatened by an dangerous felon recently released from prison. This is an important book in the series as the relationship between Hardy and his ex-wife is explored, as is the tragic death of his son years prior. Franny also factors in the drama. Gritty scenes from the projects in San Francisco really provide the author an opportunity to showcase his talents.

This is enjoyable reading and rates 4 stars.

For those new to this outstanding series, the order of books is as follows:

Dead Irish
The Vig
Hard Evidence
The 13th Juror
The Mercy Rule
Nothing but the truth
The Hearing
The Oath
The First Law
The Second Chair
The Motive
Betrayal
& A Plague of Secrets [scheduled for release in July 2009]

I personally recommend reading them in order for the best experience. The characters evolve and are fully realized.
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I couldn't disagree more with the other customer review of this book. I read 'Hard Evidence' first, and then went searching for earlier Dismas Hardy outings -and I wasn't at all disappointed in either case, just as I haven't been disappointed by later Hardy mysteries (or Lescroart mysteries in general). Lescroart's mysteries are character-driven, well-written and well-plotted - exactly what I look for in a mystery, with the added bonus of a Bay Area setting - an added bonus for a former Bay Area resident, and for anyone who loves San Francisco and its environs. I recommend it most highly, along with all the other Lescroart mysteries.
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Although intended to be a stand alone, I would strongly recommend reading the previous Dismas Hardy book entitled 'Dead Irish' to understand some of the self-torment on the part of Dismas Hardy that continues into this book.

For those that have read 'Dead Irish', this book is not nearly so dark and tortured. Not that it's a comedy since there are plenty of people dying, being set up in criminal schemes and hard choices are faced by many of the main characters. However, the overall climate of the book is much less severe.

As to the general plot - an old colleague of Hardy's named Rusty from the DA's office warns him that a murderer who had threatened to kill them both when he was released was being released soon. Rusty's houseboat becomes the scene of an apparent double murder and it turns out that lots of people had a motive to kill Rusty, including an ex-cop, a jealous husband, the mafia, a prosecutor and the ex-con murderer.

Good, solid read. I give this one a B+.
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