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The Hearing (Dismas Hardy Book 7) by [John Lescroart]
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When the police find Cole Burgess crouched over Elaine Wager's body on a deserted San Francisco street, they don't have to look very far for means, motive, and the assumption of guilt. The heroin junkie is carrying the gun that killed the rising political star, he has her jewelry and wallet in his pockets, and he flees as fast as his smacked- out legs will take him--right into a fire hydrant. But homicide lieutenant Abe Glitsky isn't willing to leave anything to chance. Elaine was his daughter, though neither had ever acknowledged the relationship. Desperate to avenge his daughter's murder, the policeman (whose razor-sharp profile mirrors an even edgier personality) encourages his detectives to "sweat" the suspect for a confession.

The DA is equally eager to capitalize (pun intended) on the murder: bent on reversing her public image as being soft on crime, Sharron Pratt declares that her office will seek the death penalty. Enter Dismas Hardy, author John Lescroart's smooth-talking Irish lawyer, cajoled into defending Burgess. He doesn't like his client, but he doesn't trust the confession nor Pratt's sudden blood thirst. Joining investigative forces with Elaine's paralegal, Treya Ghent, and Glitsky himself suspended after news of the confession leaks out, Hardy will find himself on the trail of corruption and deceit in the most rarefied of legal circles.

The Hearing is a big, burly legal thriller, and its size is both vice and virtue. Lescroart handles his courtroom scenes with a deft touch, but his ex judicia narrative is often ponderous. He tends to introduce plot developments with sweeping statements, bolstering them with clumsy retrospection, and his characterization leaves something to be desired: "the very cute Amy Wu" has "large enough breasts so that people rarely noticed the bit of thickness at her waist"; and "Visser had a couple of character flaws that were going to negatively impact his aspirations on the force." These cavils aside, The Hearing will doubtlessly appeal to Grisham and Turow fans-- and to Lescroart's own considerable retinue. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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San Francisco detective Abe Glitsky gets a midnight call to investigate a murder that dredges up a secret from his past; it will also test his professionalism and his emotional and physical stamina. The victim is Elaine Wager, a prominent black attorney and community leader, a young woman Glitsky has only recently discovered is his daughter, a fact still unknown to everyone else, including his friends and family. Overcome by remorse and regret, Glitsky crosses the line in the investigation, denying immediate medical attention to the suspect, a drug addict named Cole Burgess. Simmering with vengeance, Glitsky gives the green light to his detectives to sweat a confession out of Burgess and ends up nearly jeopardizing the case. Glitsky's friend, Dismas Hardy, is reluctantly pulled into the case to defend Burgess from the overzealous efforts of an ambitious D.A., Sharron Pratt, who is pushing for the death penalty and hoping to revive her sinking career. The suspect is an irredeemable addict, unable to recall the events of the murder, but Hardy and Glitsky team up to vigorously investigate the apparently open-and-shut case. Glitsky is driven to redeem himself as a father, and Hardy is motivated by respect for the principles of law and justice. Their investigation unravels the unsavory secrets of Elaine's life, political corruption, and crooked legal maneuvering that threaten to wreck the careers of prominent figures in the San Francisco legal community. This is a riveting legal thriller with engaging characters, tense courtroom drama, and legal skulduggery from the author of The 13th Juror (1994) and The Mercy Rule (1998). Vanessa Bush
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B003YFIUXW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley; Reprint edition (February 1, 2002)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 1, 2002
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 991 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 529 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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&quot;John Lescroart's writing skills are a national treasure.&quot; —The Huffington Post

John Lescroart is the author of twenty-nine novels, nineteen of which have been New York Times Bestsellers. Libraries Unlimited places him among “The 100 Most Popular Thriller and Suspense Authors.” With sales of over twelve million copies, his books have been translated into twenty-two languages in more than seventy-five countries, and his short stories appear in many anthologies.

John’s first book, SUNBURN, won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award for Best Novel by a California author. DEAD IRISH, THE 13TH JUROR, and THE KEEPER were nominees for the Shamus, Anthony, and Silver Falchion Best Mystery Novel, respectively; additionally THE 13TH JUROR is included in the International Thriller Writers publication “100 Must-Read Thrillers Of All Time.” HARD EVIDENCE made “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Ultimate Reading List.” THE SUSPECT was the American Author’s Association 2007 Book of the Year. THE MOTIVE was an Audie Finalist of the Audio Publishers Association. THE MERCY RULE, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, THE SUSPECT, THE FALL and THE RULE OF LAW have been major market Book Club selections. John’s books have been Main Selections of one or more of the Literary Guild, Mystery Guild, and Book of the Month Club.

And coming in 2021: Jigsaw

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