Lieutenant Abraham Glitsky is known by everyone in San Francisco's world of crime and punishment. But they don't know everything about him. In particular that he has an illegitimate daughter, Elaine, who never knew her father. Now she never will. Elaine has been murdered. The only suspect is a hopeless heroin addict, and Dismas Hardy - a close ...
Lieutenant Abraham Glitsky is known by everyone in San Francisco's world of crime and punishment. But they don't know everything about him. In particular that he has an illegitimate daughter, Elaine, who never knew her father. Now she never will. Elaine has been murdered. The only suspect is a hopeless heroin addict, and Dismas Hardy - a close friend of Glitsky's - agrees to defend the alleged killer when the DA calls for the death penalty. Thrust into a bitter collaboration with Glitsky, a man confronting uncharted regions of his heart, Hardy battles to win a fair trial for Burgess, and finds himself entering a world of corruption and cold-blooded murder.
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Abe's life is in a turmoil--his unacknowleged but much loved illegitimate daughter has been murdered, and the junkie found bending over her body seems to be admitting he did it. But Dismas Hardy is pulled into the case for the defense at the behest of his friend Jeff Elliot's wife, the supposed culprit's sister. The cops aren't interested--they have their man, right? And the DA decides this is the perfect unbreakable case to show how tough on crime she really is--asking for the unthinkable in liberal San Francisco, the death penalty. While Abe is starting to recover from his catatonic lovelife after the death of his wife, discovering new joy with Treya, the friend and paralegal of his dead daughter, his health is undermined and his heart gives out from all the stress of bad things happening around him. If you like legal/cop thrillers, with truly loveable characters, you will like this book!
Publishers Weekly, 2001-03-12 Another satisfying, character-driven legal thriller will be happily embraced by new and longtime fans of master plot-weaver Lescroart (The 13th Juror; etc.). Former San Francisco cop and current defense attorney Dismas Hardy's latest assignment pits him against his rival, D.A. Sharron Pratt, whose popularity in the polls is slipping. Although averse to murder cases, Hardy tries to help an acquaintance by defending heroin addict Cole Burgess, who is accused of murdering Assistant D.A. Elaine Wager, the popular daughter of a deceased female senator. What Hardy doesn't know (nor does anyone else) is that Wager's father is Hardy's best friend, Lt. Abe Glitsky of SFPD homicide. Abe overreacts by sweating Dismas's client into a coerced confession; under media pressure for her New Age approach to criminal justice, Pratt arms for re-election by calling for the death penalty, handling the grand jury hearing along with her chief assistant and sometime lover, Gabriel Torrey. Meanwhile, Dismas's mentor, brilliant defense attorney David Freeman, chances across evidence that may link a city official to Dash Logan, an ambulance-chasing lawyer known for his scams. Abe, suspended for leaking Cole's confession, begins to doubt Coles's guilt and decides to take on the D.A. in order to track down the real killer. Lescroart brilliantly sets scenes in the hearing phase that allow credible leeway for courtroom pyrotechnics later on. The richness and diversity of the large cast neither slows the pace nor confuses the narrative, as even minor characters take on memorable presence and depth. Readers will savor the mounting tension and the many twists and turns along the way to the surprise ending. (Apr. 23) Forecast: A vigorous, six-month marketing blitz, kicked off with the release of a teaser chapter in Lescroart's Nothing But the Truth in February, should help make his latest another bestseller. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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