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Poison : a novel

by Lescroart, John T.,

Format: Print Book 2018
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Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR

"Lescroart never ceases to amaze his fans. The wit, the timing, the dialogue--everything combines to give this author yet another bestseller and provide readers with a fast-paced, memorable thriller." -- Suspense Magazine

"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." -- Booklist

In John Lescroart's latest thriller, San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy is called upon to investigate the murder of a wealthy man whose heirs are all potential suspects.

Dismas Hardy is looking forward to easing into retirement and reconnecting with his family after recovering from two glancing gunshot wounds courtesy of a recent client. But this plan is cut short when, against his wife's wishes, he is pulled back into the courtroom by the murder of Grant Wagner, the steely owner of a successful family business. 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 and Dismas wants to believe her.

As he prepares for trial, Dismas probes deeply into the Wagner clan's history, discovering dark secrets, jealous siblings, gold-digging girlfriends, startling betrayals, and menacing blackmailers. Suspense builds as the trial date looms, and the closer Dismas gets to the Wagners, the clearer it becomes that he has a large target painted on his back.

With John Lescroart's razor-sharp dialogue, intricate plotting and relentless pacing, Poison is a nail-biter that will keep you guessing until the very last page.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In 1989, Lescroart introduced us to San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy, and then, in turn, to Hardy's crime-fighting colleagues, including Abe Glitsky, Wyatt Hunt, and Devin Juhle, and he has brought them all forward through time in more than 20 skillful legal suspense novels. Hardy has been trying to ease into retirement following two gunshot wounds (The Fall, 2015), but before long he finds himself entangled in an intense family drama, with a $25-million inheritance at stake, while defending a former client who has been indicted for murder. He experiences some conflict of his own at home when his wife, Franny, who is, ironically, a marriage and family counselor, reaches her limit with Dismas' danger-drenched life. 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.--Murphy, Jane Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Roy, a reader new to the Dismas Hardy series, is oddly unemotional in his rendition of Lescroart's 20th book featuring genial San Francisco defense attorney Hardy and his pals. The mystery revolves around the death of Grant Wagner, the wealthy owner of a plumbing-supply company, who was killed using an uncommon poison, aconite. Circumstantial evidence points to his bookkeeper and former lover, Abby Jarvis. Though Hardy has promised his wife to stay clear of trials involving murder, he feels compelled to help Abby, a client from long ago, so he hires private eye Wyatt Hunt to snoop around Wagner's sons and daughters and gather info on two other murders that occurred after Abby's arrest. A connection could set her free. Much of the popularity of these novels comes from the personalities and abiding friendship of easygoing Hardy, quirky district attorney Wes Farrell, and humane, impatient homicide detective Abe Glitsky. All of that is present, though Roy doesn't quite nail the distinct charm of each character, while the genuinely funny banter among them also falls flat. The novel has well-developed characters, cleanly detailed San Francisco locales, and a sturdy whodunit plot, but it's a bit shy on suspense and thrills, a point underlined by Roy's unruffled recitation. An Atria hardcover. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series A Dismas Hardy novel
Features Dismas Hardy, ex-cop bartender turned defense attorney in San Francisco, California
#1 - Dead Irish
#2 - The Vig
#3 - Hard evidence
#4 - The 13th juror
#5 - The Mercy rule
#6 - Nothing but the truth
#7 - The Hearing
#8 - The Oath
#9 - The First law
#10 - The Second chair
#11 - The Motive
#12 - Betrayal
#13 - A Plague of secrets
#14 - The Ophelia cut
#15 - The Keeper
#16 - The Fall
#17 - Poison
#18 - The Rule of law
Subjects Hardy, Dismas -- (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Attorney and client -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Embezzlement -- Fiction.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Legal fiction (Literature)
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 293 pages ; 24 cm.
ISBN 9781501115707
1501115707
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