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Damage Hardcover – January 4, 2011

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San Francisco homicide chief Abe Glitsky takes on a particularly nasty villain in Lescroart's hair-raising 16th novel featuring Glitsky and lawyer Dismas Hardy (after A Plague of Secrets). After Ro Curtlee serves 10 years of a long prison sentence for the rape and murder of one of his family's housekeepers, an appeals court orders a new trial and his wealthy and powerful parents post bail of million for his release. Cocky and ruthless, Curtlee eliminates one of the witnesses who testified against him and threatens Glitsky's family, while his parents, who own San Francisco's #2 newspaper, and their favorite columnist, Sheila Marrenas, apply other kinds of pressure to new DA Wes Farrell, among others. Either influence or lack of hard evidence frustrates every move Glitsky and his colleagues make to try to nail Curtlee. What at first appears to be a stunningly stark black-and-white portrayal reveals many subtle shadings by book's end. (Jan.)
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Wes Farrell, the lawyer who appeared in A Certain Justice (1995) and Guilt (1997), has a new job: he is San Fransisco’s new district attorney. And his first case looks like it’s going to be a doozy. Ten years ago, Roland Curtlee, scion of a wealthy and powerful family, was convicted of the rape and murder of a family employee. Now he’s been let out pending a retrial (on what seems an especially nit-picky technicality). When the first trial’s chief witness appears to be killed in a house fire, and someone else involved in the case dies under similar circumstances, Wes must fend off pressure from the Curtlee family and find the truth in a case that’s full of confusion and lies. Naturally, he turns to his old friend and colleague, Abe Glitsky, the homicide cop who acts as a sort of link between the Farrell novels and Lescroart’s series featuring attorney Dismas Hardy (who also appears, in a minor role, in this book). Another solid, well-constructed legal thriller from the popular author. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: How’s this for a track record: more than 8.5 million copies of Lescroart’s novels have been sold in the past decade, and his books have been translated into 16 languages in more than 75 countries. Piggy-backing on all that, his latest will profit from a six-figure marketing campaign. --David Pitt

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First Edition edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525951768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525951766
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Clarissa's Blog VINE VOICE on January 4, 2011
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As a huge fan of Lescroart's Hardy/Glitsky series who has read every single one of his books at least twice, I couldn't wait for his new novel DAMAGE to come out. In his recent books, this writer has departed from his winning formula of a courtroom drama and concentrated more on the character of Wyatt Hunt, whose flat and uninspiring appearance in The Hunt Club, A Plague of Secrets, etc. really spoiled my enjoyment of Lescroart's books.

Finally, though, this great writer has given his fans the kind of book that first made us like his novels and follow these series. DAMAGE is absolutely brilliant. It is truly on the same level as Lescroart's breath-taking Guilt (Abe Glitsky), The Second Chair (Dismas Hardy), The Hearing, and others. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading (or rather, gulping down) this great novel.

Gone is the inane, goody-two-shoes investigator Wyatt Hunt and his coterie of whiny friends and employees. The focus of this novel is back on Glitsky, a great policeman and a complex, fascinating human being who is as unlike the one-dimensional Hunt as anybody could be. Wes Farrell, who, in my opinion, is the most endearing and quirky character ever created by Lescroart is also one of the protagonists here.
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Before getting into the detail of the actual review, I'd like to point out that like most readers in this section I have read all of Lescroart's books, but after the last two desultory entries I had made up my mind if "DAMAGE" was as dull and soulless (unless you were looking for a cook book rather than a mystery-thriller) as the last two, this would have been my last. I'm very happy to report that this novel is up there with his best of yesteryear.

The Curtlee family are rich, snobbish, spoiled, power brokers, who own a large San Francisco newspaper. They use their influence and money to attempt to control politics and anything that may affect their rich dysfunctional family. The *DYSFUNCTIONAL-SUPER-STAR-OF-THE-FAMILY* is Roland "Ro" Curtlee who is the perverted-despicable centerpiece of this crime saga. Ro just got out of prison after serving nine years of a much lengthier sentence on a technicality... after being convicted for the rape and murder of a housekeeper that worked in his parents' home. Almost instantaneously upon Ro's release the key witness in the trial is found murdered in a case of arson in her apartment. Before you can blink an eye, Janice Durbin, the wife of the lead juror who swung the deciding votes to convict Ro is found murdered in her home also consumed by arson.

The character that Lescroart resuscitates along with his own writing "cred" is our old friend Homicide Chief Abe Glitsky. Along with the author's recent decline, poor Abe was being dragged down from his former fiery heights... and not just due to his literary heart attack and battle wounds. If Lescroart was going to mount a stylistic comeback... what better fictional character than Abe to lead the assault. As old time Lescroart fans know by heart...
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I tried to like this book. But I could figure out by the end of the first chapter, who done it. It could not keep my interest. Good writing but old story. The part that kept my interest was the point of politicizing of the justice system.

Wes Farrell has won the job of district attorney for the city of San Francisco. As he settles in he is called by the very rich parents of Roland Curtlee. They want Wes to keep the bail low enough for their 'innocent' boy to get out of jail. Here is a man who has been in jail for 9 years for the rape and murder of a woman. For some obscure reason and probable political interference, his case is thrown out. Wes does not need this harassment, but it is just the beginning. A judge grants Ro bail, and soon all Hell breaks loose. It is inferred in many instances that justice can be bought via political favors, and the money of the wealthy. It has been known that money can buy you freedom, but never so blantantly as shown in this novel. Justice is up for grabs.

Several detectives and their boss are introduced to try and figure out how to keep this mess from increasing the body count. The bodies are murdered in a similar manner to the method Ro had used in previous murders. The rest of the novel introduces us to the families of those involved. The novel essentially surrounds the search for evidence to convict Ro Curtlee for good.

I have not read John Lescroart before, and it seems his writing is entertaining. However, if I can guess 'who done it', it is not for me. And, the true ending is so unbelievable that it takes your breath away.

Recommended if you like mysteries. prisrob 01-07-11

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