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The Ophelia Cut: A Novel Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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“[A] tense and intricate tale. . . Lescroart is a master of legal suspense. . . The Ophelia Cut will be remembered more as a literary endeavor in the vein of Scott Turow than anything Lescroart has done.” (Associated Press)
"Nothing short of magic, dark and delicious. The Ophelia Cut is the work of a master at the top of his game." (William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author of Trickster's Point)
“Bristling with red-hot suspense, The Ophelia Cut is the roller-coaster ride of a lifetime... You'll love this book." (Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies)
“An amazing page-turner, emotional, significant and suspenseful. Lescroart has written his most gripping novel to date, one which sets a new standard. ” (M.J. Rose, internationally bestselling author)
“Lescroart is a master at building tension to a complicated climax that will satisfy both old and new readers alike.” (The Florida Times-Union)
"A nail-biting suspense yarn that's not to be missed." (Providence Journal)
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
In the Ophelia Cut, Lescroart takes a huge risk (you won't realize it until you get to the end, but trust me on that assessment).
This time out, the suspect is Hardy's own brother-in-law, Moses McGuire, and the case threatens to open a huge can of worms for those characters who participated in (and survived) the climax of Lescroart's earlier book, The First Law. Lescroart does an adequate job of summing up the events of The First Law for readers who are unfamiliar with it, but do youself a favor: DO NOT make this your first Lescroart novel. At the very least, read The First Law. Understand what happened there, and why it could not have gone down any other way.
Only then will half of The Ophelia Cut make any sense to you, because certain moves by the characters can only be understood in light of what happened in the earlier book.
In addition to being top-notch legal thrillers, Lescroart's books are often WhoDunnIts, with a big reveal at the end. It's a bit different this time out. There's a shocking ending, but not the kind you expect. It is sure to have a lasting impact on Hardy's world.
I like this book, a lot. It impressed me. It disturbed me. It broke my heart. But as always with Lescroart, it engaged me from the first page to the last.
The spotlight falls on Moses McGuire's "distractingly beautiful" but flighty twenty-three year old daughter, Brittany, who has horrible taste in men and frequently flits from one boyfriend to another. Brittany starts dating Rick Jessup, who is politically connected, arrogant, and narcissistic. She realizes too late that Jessup is a cruel and immoral misogynist. Major trouble ensues, and Diz Hardy winds up representing his brother-in-law, Moses, who has gotten himself into a huge mess that could cost him his freedom.
"The Ophelia Cut" offers legal pyrotechnics, a dispiriting look at the corrupting influence of politics on our criminal justice system, and a realistic portrayal of the ways in which people lie to themselves and others. This is not a feel-good work of fiction. The protagonists grapple with serious issues, such as crippling guilt concerning a violent encounter six years earlier that still fills them with horror. The author effectively taps into the inner demons that torture Moses, a recovering alcoholic who is tempted to take a drink or two when things get too tough to handle.Read more ›
So I got all the books eventually, read them in order, and couldn't wait to read this one, especially after reading FIRST LAW and SECOND CHAIR. I especially love the Hardy and Glitsky - their quirky, humourous friendship.
So I reserved THE OPHELIA CUT at library before it even came out, just got it last week, and settled in for a good read anticipating the usual Lescroart talent for intertwining several different characters and their lives into a great story.
I won't ruin the story for any of you who've yet to read it, but when I finished the book, I was so disappointed. I couldn't believe Lescroart would do what he did to some of the characters, and then cheat us out of a true, meaningful ending that the entire book was leading up to, an ending that made sense.
I'm done. This was my last Lescroart book. I'm donating the rest of them to the library. He's ruined Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky and Moses Maguire and Frannie, and especially their families, in the way he's portrayed them ...it's like he decided he was tired of writing the book and just put in a pat ending. He left a lot of loose ends. It left more questions than it answered. Maybe for the next book? If so, I won't be reading it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been reading this series for years. My kids have grown up while I've enjoyed these books. Picking up this new one was like visiting with old friends(that keep getting in... Read morePublished 12 days ago by paminocala
I met a man who referred me to this author, so I went onto to this site and bought this book. That was over a month ago and I'm still working my way through it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not sure what number I'm on with John Lescroart but I love his writing and love the way he spends the characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Linda L. Shaver
Lescroart is one of my top favorite writers ... and this book just continued my reading pleasurePublished 2 months ago by Mary McMillan
I read out of sequence in the series but like the characters regardless. Good yarn. One two three four five six seven.Published 3 months ago by Waydday
I have enjoyed many of Lescroart's books. "The Ophelia Cut" was a good story but then the ending was not up to the usual standards.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A tragic end to this gripping tale. Lescroart uses his familiar characters well.Published 3 months ago by Graham Moody