Dismas Hardy, Abe Glitsky, and Wyatt Hunt return in a compelling and timely legal thriller filled with blackmail, political intrigue, and multiple ...Show synopsisDismas Hardy, Abe Glitsky, and Wyatt Hunt return in a compelling and timely legal thriller filled with blackmail, political intrigue, and multiple murder. Available in a tall Premium Edition.Hide synopsis
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This is one author I would love to meet; his books are carefully orchestrated works of art! With humor and grace, John Lescroart delves into the deepest fears and conflicts a human can have. Dismas Hardy, defense attorney, and Abe Glitsky, lieutenant in homicide, are two worthy (opposing) warriors in the battle to keep San Francisco safe. I absolutely adore these two men.
In spite of the fact that Mr. Lescroart is NOT an attorney, his courtroom dramas are fascinating (He graduated with a degree in English literature). This book is like the others - quick to catch the reader's attention (to the point where nothing else gets done until the book is completed).
This one and the next book: THE OPHELIA CUT, are in some ways very scary. The US government has shocking powers and Lescroart uses his books to shine a light on how they sometimes abuse that power.
In this story -- the amazing reach of the RICO laws, when used against innocent Americans, is unsettling. (RICO) Act is a group of federal laws passed by the United States Congress in 1970 to deal with organized racketeering activity. RICO law is specifically directed at individuals or organizations involved in systematic, long-term illegal activities. It increases criminal penalties and allows the government to confiscate any tangible goods (houses, cars, airplanes, etc.) that were purchased through these illegal funds.
Lescroart has a way with dialog; his humor is often laugh-out-loud funny. These characters (Abe Glitsky and Dismas Hardy) are so real; I wish they were my next door neighbors.
Dismas Hardy Series
1. Dead Irish (1989)
2. The Vig (1990)
3. Hard Evidence (1993)
4. The 13th Juror (1994)
5. The Mercy Rule (1998)
6. The Hearing (2000) 7
. Nothing but the Truth (1999)
8. The Oath (2002)
9. The First Law (2003)
10. The Second Chair (2004)
11. The Motive (2004)
12. The Suspect (2007)
13. Betrayal (2008)
14. A Plague of Secrets (2009)
A Plague of Secrets opens with a tragic accident. San Francisco police Lieutenant Abe Glitsky's three year old son is hit by a car and sustains a serious head inujury. Abe's good friend, defense lawyer Dismas Hardy and his wife step in to help care for Abe and Treya's other child. The book is not about the accident, but its cause and its aftermath inform Glitsky's actions throughout the novel, and probably will continue to do so beyond its pages as well.
What the book is about is a murder trial. When the manager of a popular local coffee spot is found murdered in the alley behind the shop--backpack full of marijuana still slung across his shoulders--all kinds of things come out. Dylan Vogler, who's been managing Bay Beans West since it opened nearly a decade earlier--pulls in an extremely generous annual salary of $90,000. He also runs a thriving pot business, complete with detailed database of customers (ranging from local neighborhood types to lawyers to mid-level San Francisco politicians), out of the coffee shop.
Did the owner of the coffee shop, Maya Townshend, know about her manager's side business? Had he been blackmailing her for years about something completely unrelated? Did Maya murder Dylan Vogler and another college friend of theirs as well?
Although Dismas Hardy--Diz--has no qualms about defending a guilty client (after all, we're all guilty of something), what he's most interested in is the truth. There are several related story lines, each pointing to a different person as the perpetrator, but the truth does out, in a scene of spectacular courtroom mayhem.
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