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Poison: A Novel (17) (Dismas Hardy) Paperback – September 11, 2018
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Finally recovered from two gunshot wounds, Dismas Hardy is looking forward to easing into retirement and reconnecting with his family. But he is pulled back into the courtroom when Grant Wagner, the steely owner of a successful family business, is murdered. The prime suspect is Wagner’s bookkeeper Abby Jarvis, a former client of Hardy’s, who had been receiving large sums of cash under-the-table from the company—but she insists that she’s innocent.
Preparing for trial, Dismas investigates the Wagner clan and discovers dark, twisted secrets, jealous siblings, gold-digging girlfriends, betrayals, and blackmail. The closer he gets to the Wagners, the clearer it becomes that Dismas has a target painted on his back. With razor-sharp dialogue and whip-smart plotting, Poison once again demonstrates that “Lescroart is a master craftsman” (Associated Press).
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"The narrative flows effortlessly and includes a Perry Mason–worthy moment when Hardy manifests a bit of courtroom magic. Lescroart is a perfect choice for readers who enjoy great ensemble casts."
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- Publisher : Atria Books; Reprint edition (September 11, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501115715
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501115714
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.8 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #242,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dismas ("Diz") Hardy, now sixty-something, is the managing partner of a small firm of San Francisco plaintiffs' attorneys that includes his daughter Rebecca ("the Beck"). His son, Vincent, is now 26 and working at Facebook. Dismas is still recovering from two gunshot wounds suffered in an earlier case. Neither he nor his wife Frannie is happy at all about his having gotten shot—again. Lawyering is not supposed to be a perilous occupation. And now a new case may expose Dismas to new danger.
The charismatic owner of a specialized plumbing and fixtures company has died suddenly at the age of 62. Although first thought to be the result of a heart attack, a second autopsy has revealed the cause to be poison. Grant Wagner had four adult children, all of them involved in running the company, and a stepson from his second marriage.
Although Wagner's death was ruled either a suicide or a homicide, the San Francisco cops assigned to the case take little time to arrest Abby Jarvis, the bookkeeper at Wagner's company and his longtime girlfriend. Jarvis calls Dismas from jail because he had defended her a decade ago on a vehicular homicide charge that sent her to prison for five years. The cops have already decided Jarvis is guilty, so the investigation into other possible suspects falls largely to the investigator Dismas retains, Wyatt Hunt. The circle of possible murderers quickly widens to include all four of Wagner's children and a former girlfriend. Meanwhile, the detectives who arrested Jarvis are investigating the shooting death of a young entrepreneur. Can there possibly be a connection between the two cases? As readers, we know that's likely. But we won't find out how for a long time . . .
My other criticism is that the plots require an extreme form of reality suspension. But it’s not fair to stress that aspect too much, since that’s what we’re asking for when we read books from the detective stories/murder mystery genre. Overall I recommend “Poison” as a primo pick from this past year’s selection.
I hope whoever the new character is the series continue to evolve in San Francisco. My favorite city and home for 30 years
But..I love the characters, per usual. I had to abandon the audio and finish the book by reading it.
Bring back David , please!
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2019