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The Fall: A Novel (Dismas Hardy) Hardcover – May 5, 2015
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“The Fall is both a mystery and a courtroom thriller in the best ways possible." (The Bookreporter)
“There’s something special about The Fall… a courtroom thriller extraordinaire that matches the best of John Grisham and Scott Turow.” (Providence Journal)
“Lescroart’s popularity as a legal-thriller author only stands to grow.” (Booklist)
"A terrific courtroom mystery... Lescroart is a master craftsman. He knows how to juggle story elements to keep readers guessing up to the last chapter. The Fall is a tantalizing legal thriller." (Associated Press)
"Fresh, interesting and evolving." (Daily Republic)
“[A] smart and riveting legal thriller that is more complicated that it first appears to be. The plot and characters are all superb,” (Daily American)
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"A terrific read... Lescroart satisfies with every bite, and the finale is delicious." (Associated Press)
Praise for The Ophelia Cut
"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)
“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)
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About the Author
John Lescroart is the author of over twenty-five novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ophelia Cut, The Keeper, The Fall, and Fatal. He lives in Northern California.
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All of the usual suspects are here. Wes Farrell, Hardy's ex law partner and now the San Francisco D.A. has come under fire for not prosecuting the deaths of African Americans as vigorously as he does the death of whites. When an African American girl is murdered under very public circumstances. Farrell wants justice done publicly and swiftly. Inspector Devon Juhle (a series regular) is assigned to the case. He focuses on one particular suspect very quickly, and sets out to prove the case against him.
By a series of nicely interwoven happenings, Rebecca ends up defending the man accused of the murder. Dismas Hardy's best friend, retired homicide detective Abe Glitsky is used by Farrell as an investigator on the case. He has known Rebecca her whole life. Glitsky works the case, in parallel with the Inspector Juhle and his team. Abe, as we all know, is a very independent investigator and is looking for the truth- not just a conviction.
The crossing of the generations is at the heart of the story. Lescroart has done well in passing the torch from Dismas Hardy to Rebecca Hardy. Dismas will certainly be around- as he has a prominent role in the book. But Rebecca is the star of the show, as she struggles to put together a defense, and then learns the ropes of presenting that defense in Court.
There is a somewhat contrived post-trial ending, which slightly detracts from the book. Lescroart likes action- so there is the required action sequence to finish.This is the weakest part of the book. It feels tacked on. Having said that, I still recommend"The Fall" to the readers of the Hardy-Glitsky-Wyatt Hunt series. It is a good story and it marks the beginning of the next generation of these novels.
Nevertheless, the plot is a good one, and the twist at the end, while not totally unexpected, is rewarding. Buy it; you’ll like it. But I think the vein the rest of us have mined all this time is about played out; bare rock is beginning to show through. If you are a new reader, start somewhere in the middle of the series and work up.
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