Watch a videoFrom "New York Times" bestseller John Lescroart comes an explosive look at the seductive power of revenge and the terrible costs of justice. The Curtlees are the most powerful family in San Francisco, unscrupulous billionaires who ve lined every important pocket in the Bay Area in pursuit of their own ascent. So when the family's ...
Watch a videoFrom "New York Times" bestseller John Lescroart comes an explosive look at the seductive power of revenge and the terrible costs of justice. The Curtlees are the most powerful family in San Francisco, unscrupulous billionaires who ve lined every important pocket in the Bay Area in pursuit of their own ascent. So when the family's heir, Ro Curtlee, was convicted of rape and murder a decade ago, the fallout for those who helped to bring him to justice was swift and uncompromising. The jury foreman was fired from his job and blacklisted in his industry. The lead prosecutor was pushed off the fast track, her dreams of becoming DA dashed. And head homicide detective Abe Glitsky was reassigned to the police department s payroll office. Eventually, all three were able to rebuild their fragile, damaged lives. And then Ro Curtlee's lawyers won him a retrial, and he was released from jail. Within twenty-four hours, a fire destroys the home of the original trial's star witness, her abused remains discovered in the ruins. When a second fire claims a participant in the case, Abe is convinced: Ro is out for revenge. But with no hard evidence and an on-the-take media eager to vilify anyone who challenges Ro, can Abe stop the violence before he finds himself in its crosshairs? How much more can he sacrifice to put Ro back behind bars? And just how far across the line is he prepared to go in pursuit of justice?
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John Lescroart is one of my favorite authors. He has 3 series? that interlock with each other. Dismas Hardy is the major character in the lawyer series, Abe Glitsky handles the police series and Wyatt Hunt is the self-employed PI.
DAMAGE is the fourth Abe Glitsky novel; however, Dimas Hardy and Wes Farrell join Abe as main characters. In all of Lescroart?s books, San Francisco is literally a character. Whether the ?marine layer? or city politics or famous city landmarks are part of the mix, San Francisco is always the background upon which the characters struggle.
Shock of the century, Wes Farrell is now the DA for San Francisco. Wes is a 2011 version of a beatnik or a hippie. He travels to his own drummer and strolls into his law office in worn t-shirts that offer wry comments on the wearer?s psyche (HEAVILY MEDICATED FOR YOUR SAFETY is one example). Over several books, Wes has gotten more serious about his life and career; this is the result.
The media moguls of San Francisco are the Curtlees. They are unscrupulous power-brokers with fingers in most of the city pies. However, their heir, Ro Curtlee was found guilty of a vicious rape and murder 10 years ago. Everyone associated with the prosecution of Ro was demoted or fired from their jobs ? thanks to the under-the-table actions of the Curtlees.
Now, Ro?s lawyers have won a retrial and Ro is released from jail. Suddenly, witnesses from Ro?s first trial die horribly. Glitsky is sure Ro is exacting revenge; wet-behind-the-ears Wes faces the powerful Curtlees as he starts his job as DA.
The Curtlees go after Abe Glitsky in the press; Abe can find no evidence that Ro is behind the mounting death count. The tension mounts and the reader must hold on as he joins a wild roller-coaster ride.
The Abe Glitsky Series
1. A Certain Justice (1995)
2. Guilt (1997)
3. The Hearing (2000)
4. Damage (2011)
Aug 30, 2012
John Lescroart has delivered another well-written, outstanding tale. The characters are consistent, and the storylines are always worth the read.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-10-18 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 $10 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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