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Dead Irish (Dismas Hardy Series) Audio CD – Unabridged, February 23, 2016
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In his new life as a bartender at the Little Shamrock, Dismas Hardy is just hoping for a little peace. He’s left both the police force and his law career behind. Unfortunately it’s not as easy to leave behind the memory of a shattering personal loss—but for the time being, he can always take the edge off with a stiff drink and a round of darts.
But when the news of Eddie Cochran’s death reaches him, Hardy is propelled back into all the things he was trying to escape—and forced to untangle a web of old secrets and raw passions, for the sake of Eddie’s pregnant widow, Frannie, and for the others whose lives may still be at risk.…
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (February 23, 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1501275321
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501275326
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.13 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,402,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love these books. On a side note: I recently read Lescroart's most recent novel and found it fairly disappointing. I went to his website and posted a note about why I thought the female protagonist in that book was unconvincing. I have never sent a comment to an author before. Never. To my astonishment, within 24 hours I received an email reply. It was not a stock reply, in that it was responsive to the content of the message I had left. Actually receiving a response to my comment has cemented my admiration for this author.
I especially felt this distance from the characters when it came to Dismas Hardy. I need to connect with the main character to really get into a story and that never happened here.
The story, too, ambles along as if it’s in no great hurry to get anywhere. And reading it (if you’ll forgive a slight mixing of metaphors) left me feeling like I was spinning my wheels. Lescroart devotes too many scenes to side issues not relevant to the main plot and too many words to the characters’ feelings and emotions.
There were some big leaps in the timeline both between scenes and within scenes, leaving me wondering if I’d skipped a page and making me go back and re-read to make sure I hadn’t. This download had about an average number of production errors - mostly missed words - but in one chapter, verb tense shifts from past to present and back. I don't know if this was Lescroart's doing or a production/download error. Either way, it should have been caught and corrected.
The guilty party is a surprise but Lescroart has played fair with the reader, so there’s no ‘Where the hell did that come from?’ moment.
There was a good mystery in this book. It was just buried under all the unnecessary stuff.
Dead Irish finds Dismas Hardy, having retired from both police work and his legal career, now tending bar, persuaded to investigate the death of the son of a friend. His efforts are far less self-assured than they are in later books where he has settled into this new career, and his relationship with old friend Abe Glitsky is also much less cordial and settled. These differences were very interesting to observe as Hardy struggles to determine what his role should be, not wanting to interfere with the police investigation but also finding it insufficient to pursue leads he feels require effort. Glitsky is also less than helpful, at best tolerant of his old friend who is seen as meddling in something that isn't his job or his business.
The story itself is a good one if less developed and polished than the later books are. The actual killer is very well concealed until very late in the story, with some nail biting moments as the climax is reached. Altogether it's an excellent story and a worthy beginning to the Dismas Hardy series.
For reference, here is the full listing of Dismas Hardy and related books, with links to their listings here on Amazon (Kindle versions linked but hardcover and paperback versions can be selected on the same page):
Dismas Hardy series:
1. Dead Irish (1989)
2. The Vig (1991)
3. Hard Evidence (1993) (the first of the courtroom stories)
4. The 13th Juror (1994)
5. The Mercy Rule (1998) (apparently not offered in Kindle version?)
6. Nothing but the Truth (2000)
7. The Hearing (2001)
8. The Oath (2002)
9. The First Law (2003)
10. The Second Chair (2004)
11. The Motive (2005)
12. Betrayal (2007)
13. A Plague of Secrets (2009)
14. The Ophelia Cut: A Novel (2013)
15. The Keeper: A Novel (2014)
Rebecca Hardy novels:
1. The Fall (2015)
2. Fatal (2017)
Abe Glitsky novels:
1. A Certain Justice (1995)
2. Guilt (1997) (apparently not offered in Kindle version?)
3. Damage (2011)