Sal Russo's body is found, with a "Do Not Resuscitate" note. Dismas Hardy finds himself as Graham Russo's defence. How long can Russo protest ...Show synopsisSal Russo's body is found, with a "Do Not Resuscitate" note. Dismas Hardy finds himself as Graham Russo's defence. How long can Russo protest innocence, when it's discovered Sal wasn't penniless, and all San Fransisco is intent on making the apparent mercy killing media issue of the year?Hide synopsis
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Another great book ? it seems to have been ripped from the front page of a newspaper. In the 1990?s, there was lots of talk about mercy killing (or assisted suicide or euthanasia) and Dr. Kevorkian (aka ?Dr. Death?). It was a hotly debated topic for several years.
Dr. Kevorkian?s interview on ?60 Minutes? and his self-made video of him assisting a man to die created a firestorm. In 1999, Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to a 10-to-25 year prison sentence. He was released in 2007 and died of natural causes in 2011.
This book was released in the midst of all the uproar and I think John Lescroart handled the issue well. This story is about an elderly man, Sal, who is experiencing Alzheimer?s. However, Sal has started to worry about his headaches ? which turn out to be inoperable brain cancer. He is in incredible pain.
After disappearing from his children?s lives for 15 years -- Sal and Graham (the eldest of the 3 kids) reconnect. Because of the nearly constant pain, Graham has given morphine injections to his father. When Sal dies, Graham is arrested for his father?s death.
Be sure you pay attention to the ?Twinkie defense? ? I fell out of my chair laughing while reading about that! Lescroart has a wonderful sense of humor and the dialog between Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky is often priceless. 4.5 stars
1. Dead Irish (1989)
2. The Vig (1990)
3. Hard Evidence (1993)
4. The 13th Juror (1994)
5. The Mercy Rule (1998)
John Lescroart's books are very good. The plots leave one staying up late to find out what happens next. Anyone even a little familiar with San Francisco will enjoy Lescroart's books as he takes you around the city. I recommend and have purchased his whole Dismas Hardy series.
haven't finished it yet. First half very slow-going. Getting much better by the end. Lescroart is one of my favorites, and his early books (like this) are better than his newest. Love Hardy and Glitsky and Frannie, too! Unfortunately, book had come from a heavy smoker and, even with airing it out for a week, was sickened by smoke.
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