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The Ophelia Cut: A Novel Hardcover – May 7, 2013

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Book 14 of 16 in the Dismas Hardy Series

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It’s been a while since pragmatic defense attorney Diz Hardy has been center stage in a Lescroart thriller, but he’s finally back, along with his best friend, San Francisco cop Abe Glitsky. Memories of the so-called Dockside Massacre (The First Law, 2002) remain fresh, however, even six years after the fact, and when a reporter starts digging into the circumstances of the unsolved case, Diz, Abe, and, especially, volatile Moses McGuire, Diz’s brother-in-law, get a tad nervous. Moses, the weak link in the information chain, wants to tell all, but the others vote no. Then Moses’ beautiful 23-year-old daughter is raped, the rapist is murdered, and Moses emerges as the prime suspect. Did he do it? Just as troubling is whether, under pressure of prosecution, he’ll tell what happened on the pier that night. Courtoom dynamics are as well done as ever, but this isn’t as strongly plotted as usual, and although the circumstances of the massacre eventually become clear, readers unfamiliar with First Law could be lost at first. Fans of the series, though, will be thrilled to have Diz back. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Lescroart has sold 20 million copies of his previous 23 novels. Numbers to die for. --Stephanie Zvirin


" Smart, riveting, and utterly compelling, The Ophelia Cut has an incredible cast of characters from whom you will not want to depart...hands-down the best legal thriller I have read in years and a perfect case study for why readers love the brilliant John Lescroart. ” (Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Black List)

“[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)

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476709157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476709154
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (487 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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I am a big fan of Lescroart's work, and the Dismas Hardy series in particular. I'm okay with the books that focused more on Wes Farrell, Abe Glitsky, Wyatt Hunt and Gina Roake, but the Hardy character is the center of Lescroart's fictional version of San Francisco. Always good to see him back in action.

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.
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John Lescroart has written quite a few exciting and engrossing legal thrillers in which a compelling cast of recurring characters struggle with personal and professional conflicts. In "The Ophelia Cut," Lescroart brings together criminal defense lawyer Dismas Hardy, his wife, Frannie, and her brother Moses McGuire; District Attorney Wes Farrell; Homicide Chief Lieutenant Abe Glitsky; Diz's partner, Gina Roake; and Diz's investigator, Wyatt Hunt. These individuals all have significant roles to play in an intense, dramatic, and suspenseful story that is as unpredictable as it is intriguing.

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.
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I discovered John Lescroart when, on a whim, I picked up a copy of THE TREASURE HUNT, which I just loved. I found out there was an ongoing storyline. I like to pick up a story knowing some of the characters (like in Stephen White's books).

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.
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