When Assistant DA Dismas Hardy finds himself on the trail of a murdered Silicon Valley billionaire, he seizes the opportunity to emerge from a mountain of minor cases. Before long he is prosecuting San Francisco's biggest murder trial, but with a sinking suspicion that the accused is innocent.When Assistant DA Dismas Hardy finds himself on the trail of a murdered Silicon Valley billionaire, he seizes the opportunity to emerge from a mountain of minor cases. Before long he is prosecuting San Francisco's biggest murder trial, but with a sinking suspicion that the accused is innocent.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1992-11-23 In his third appearance, San Francisco bartender Dismas Hardy returns to the practice of law to star in a gripping courtroom drama that may well be Lescroart's breakthrough novel. After the severed hand of a murdered billionaire is discovered in a dead shark's stomach, Hardy ends up on the DA's team prosecuting the victim's Japanese mistress. She produces an airtight alibi just as the trial begins; Diz loses his job, and, in a bizarre twist, is hired to defend the second person accused of the crime, Andrew Fowler--who is not only his ex-father-in-law but was also the judge in the first trial. Diz's involvement with his beautiful ex-wife and the needs of his very pregnant current wife complicate his life, while doubts about his client's innocence and the antagonism demonstrated toward Fowler from both the prosecution and the bench put him at a disadvantage in court. A seemingly unimportant bit of testimony provides the clue that reveals the killer's identity and motivation. As always, Lescroart ( Dead Irish ; The Vig ) creates compelling, credible characters and, despite one or two unlikely coincidences, holds reader's attention through every step of the plot. 50,000 first printing; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections. (Feb.)
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