Two rapid-fire events in Iraq conspired to bring the men into fatal conflict: Nolan's relationship with Evan's girlfriend, Tara, a beautiful schoolteacher back home in the states, followed by a deadly incident in which Nolan's apparent mistake results in the death of an innocent Iraqi family as well as seven men in Evan's platoon.
As the murky relationship between the U.S. government and its private contractors plays out in the personal drama of these two men, and the consequences for Evan become a desperate matter of life and death, Dismas Hardy begins to uncover a terrible and perilous truth that takes him far beyond the case and into the realm of assassination and treason.
From the treacherous streets of Iraq to the courtrooms of California, Betrayal is a magnificent tour de force of pure storytelling.
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"Full of believable characters and crisp dialogue. A first-rate addition to the author's ongoing series." (Publishers Weekly)
"Who needs John Grisham when we have homegrown John Lescroart?" (San Francisco magazine)
"Exciting and believable, thanks to strong narration." (AudioFile)
I listened to and enjoyed the first two Dismas Hardy titles available from Audible (Guilt and Mercy). I'm pleased with the several new releases that have become recently available and will probably buy and listen to all of them.
But this is not the Dismas Hardy book for new "readers" or old fans. The first fifteen minutes or so set up a couple of back- stories that involve none of the Dismas Hardy characters. These back-stories take up AT LEAST 75% of the book! And they are tedious.
I did not take the reviewers seriously, so I had to suffer through hours and hours of war playing, some interesting interactions among some non-Hardy/Glitsky characters, etc. The war stuff was so intolerable (I did not enlist to read about Iraq), that I had to skip past much of it, thus a wasted credit (though I paid a reduced cash price for it). I have read most of the series, though not in order, and I found it funny to hear Abe characterized/voiced as he was. The later books are more appealing to me.
BTW: I loathed Ms. Tara, what a wuss!
When Hardy, et al finally showed up, it was great, as expected, and it reached all of the series' high notes.
However, I am miffed over the long pre-story to explain the characters' later actions. That part (the documentary portion) could have been a half or a quarter its length. It felt like a soapbox for the author to take aim at the war, the govt, the FBI, etc., etc. And, while all those shots were probably at least partially accurate, and probably need(ed) airing, this was not the place for it. It's like being in a class and the required textbook is the instructor's own. I am disappointed in it because the hours I spent listening (waiting) for the Hardy/Glitsky book to begin, I could have been listening to something else.
The outcome was classsic Lescroart/Hardy... satisfying even more for the the slick twist at the end. Left me wondering just when I blacked out or if I did black out, or if I am just pretending to have blacked out during some of the long exposition and frequent fight passages. Nevertheless, this could have been a terrific long short story, novella, or something and could have felt much more immediate and riveting than in this particular format. Without the prologue introducing Hardy's cast of character's, I would have left the whole thing Iraq.
This book is alright, but as a Dismas Hardy book, it falls short. Why? Because Dismas Hardy is absent for the majority of the novel. As much as I like the Hardy series, I felt short changed, as though I was sold a mediocre novel in a Dismas Hardy package: keep listening, Dismas Hardy will make an appearance soon. By the time he did, I had forgotten I was expecting him.
With "Betrayal," John Lescroart departs a bit from his ongoing San Francisco series of novels. For one thing, part of the action takes place -- as a flashback -- in Iraq, unveiling some of the sobering corruption taking place there at our government's expense. Secondly, much of the subsequent action takes place not in San Francisco, but down the Peninsula in Redwood City. We still have Lescroart's perennial protagonists -- best friends Dismus Hardy and Abe Glitsky, defense attorney and cop -- working together to discover the hidden machinations that sent an innocent man to prison. But this time they don't enter center stage until midway through the story. Lescroart definitely did his homework for this novel, delving deep beyond his legal and law-enforcement expertise into the ugly underbelly of the Iraq war and the unscrupulous contractors capitalizing on it. But, as always, he also delves deep into the hearts and minds of his characters, making them real to us, and making us care about them. Also, as always, David Colacci does a magnificent job narrating this audiobook. He has a wide range of voices and accents to draw upon, clearly distinguishing the characters from each other. I recommend this audiobook to anybody who enjoys legal thrillers with heart.
I've been reading this series in order and every time I finish I think this is the best one yet. A large part of the story this time his background that the regular characters aren't involved in, it was still gripping story. The finsl resolution chilling and satisfying.
I love listening to David Calocci...he does a great job.
Always if David Calocci is performing.
This was so not a Dismiss Hardy book and I was disappointed that it was portrayed as one. It wasn't until the book was 3/4 done that he (and Glitsky) were really in the storyline.
The narrator was fine. It was the story that was a disappointing surprise.
It felt like a bait and switch because most of the book takes place without Hardy and Glitzky. It takes place in Iraq and Redwood City with a whole trial to get through with a different lawyer.
Narrator was fine.
It should have been noted somewhere that Hardy does a small cameo at the beginning and then shows up again for the last chapters.
Avid audiobook fan
Other stories had more believable characters and Dismas played a bigger role which I enjoyed more. Have read them all to this book. Plan to continue the series. I hope this is not the beginning of a new style.
Narration was superb, as usual.
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Lescroarts's series of Dismas Hardy-Abe Glitzky novels is one of the most beautifully sustained works in this entire genre of legal thrillers. If you have read a few of them, you know that the combination of these three plus David Colacci's narration is unfailingly entertaining. In this book Lescroarts addresses the Middle East chaos in a way that involves a new attorney for much of the book, a character who is less interesting than Dismas and Abe. However, the story is very well told, and I have a hard time imagining any reader putting it down. It is funny, which is a relief in this genre, which tends toward the plodding and detail-ridden, particularly the legal details. Lescroarts, however, generally requires his heroes to solve the murder (or appear to do so) while the trial or appeal is happening. This style tends to leaven the weight of legality which can bog down other authors. The end of the book is a surprising twist which I will not give away, as Lescroarts earns the reader's full involvement. He continues telling us about developments in the private lives of Hardy and Glitzky, which makes them much more interesting and real than the heroes who are frozen in time by the author's need to crank out more books. If you have never read one of these, you are in for a treat. If you know the series, you will not be disappointed by this one. Keep 'em coming, John. And, particularly, don't let anyone other than David Colacci narrate them.
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