When San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy gets a call saying his wife never picked the kids up from school, he's worried. Frannie's a great mother. Turns out there's a good explanation: She's in jail.
Unbeknownst to her husband, Frannie has just appeared before a grand jury - and refused to share a crucial piece of information about her friend Ron, who's accused of killing his wife. Now it's up to Dismas to race the clock and find a culprit, all the while wondering: Why would his wife go to jail to protect another man? Who really killed Bree Beaumont - and why? He's looking for the truth. But he's not quite sure he wants to find it....
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©2009 John Lescroart; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Having listened to all of John Lescroart's novels at least once, I just recently have come to recognize his romantic nature. While he always writes intelligent, intriguing, intricate stories about police work and legal puzzles, they also always contain a sub-plot involving love and family. In the case of "Nothing but the Truth," our hero, Dismus Hardy, has to go to great lengths -- breaking some of his own ethical rules along the way -- to rescue his wife from unjust incarceration. The effort brings him to understand the importance of his marriage and kids in his life. So, Lescroart, I have your number now: You are just an old softie. Fans of hard-boiled noir might not like the careful unfolding of Lescroart's plots, where the characters' softer emotions come into play; but, if you have the patience to immerse yourself an alternate reality for a while, where events move and collide at unpredictable paces, then I would recommend "Nothing but the Truth" to you. As always, David Colacci delivers a masterful reading, adding color and verisimilitude to the story.
Having read, or listened to all of Lescroat's books, I was really excited to see a new one appear on Audiobooks. What I didn't realize was that it was a 2001 book just now recorded in '09. David Colacci is a great reader, so I was very excited to order it.
I tried to finish it, but it got so bogged down in pollution and evil industrialists. Aside from the plot not being of great interest, the actions of "Frannie" were overblown and tiresome. The other characters were very stylized...the arrogant and unreasonable judge; the nasty lawyers etc.
I skipped here and there and finally got to the end to see "who done it" but I did not enjoy the book. All I can say is thank goodness he got better through the years!
I don't know if I could finish reading a novel ever again. I am so addicted to listening to books I have little interest in reading!
This was a 4.95 special purchase that I almost found enjoyable despite being confused. Granted listening to books encourages us to multitask. This makes it understandable to lose one's way. Nevertheless the narrator should be the equalizer, bringing distinctions of characters and helping the author create suspense.
I hate to be so negative, so ill just say that in the end, I didn't care what happened, not about the mystery, the characters, relationships, justice, none of it.
The book opens with a belligerent housewife refusing to testify to a grand jury. She's protecting a friend who has a remarkably complicated secret life that will be exposed if he is indicted in the unrelated murder of his wife. There's devious big oil, single minded political hacks, a candidate for governor, an overzealous D.A., a spiteful judge, broken marriages, murder, kidnapping, child pornography, embezzlement... Just exhausting.
So it's a 2 star listen, with the caveat I did actually finish the story.
This is typically the kind of books I like, but this time I just could not buy into the characters behavior. The main characters constantly are doing things that make you think, "they would never do that in real life". I know it's fiction, but I feel in every story you have to buy into the reality of the book, be it time travel, wizards or lawyers. In this book the actions just does not match what a normal person (what these people are suppose to be) would do.
The reader was excellent as always and I did finish the book. Some of the other reviews state this is one of the weaker books in the series, so I am going to give another one a try and hope for better results!
I've made one mistake with Lescroart's books and that is not read them in the order written. I usually do research to do that regardless of when they were made into audio books. I did not in this case. Thus, sometimes his kids are 3 or 4 and sometimes gone from the nest. Or a character dead in one book and alive in another. I like character detail so you begin to know the ins and outs of the main characters. My favorite books are about 20 hours plus in this genre. Can't find too many of those but Lescroart is good and I normally don't like courtroom drama but his are exceptional. I will read every damn one of them before all is said and done and then read them again a couple of years down the road. Each of us have our own taste but I hate it when people write review and try to make themselves some sort of professional book critic. None of us are pros or we would be making a living at it. These are excellent books and yes........some we like better than others. I'm not going to tell you about the story except that I liked it a lot and yes........I do like books with modern day forensic techniques and I like them a lot but it's still a darn good book.
This is the third Lescroart book I have listened to and it is by far the best. As usual, if you are a fan of and know San Francisco, you will feel that you are in different parts of the city during the story. It makes me wants to go back for a visit. The story itself requires some suspension of common sense as it based on the premise that the police would tolerate a group of private citizens who put up their own reward money for clues leading to the solving of a murder. This group also gets information directly and decides what it wants to pass on to the police. After that, the amateurs advance the case where the police can't...that aside, the story is interestingly told, although it is one of the stories that you can't really solve on your own before the ending because of unknown (to the reader) information. If you are old enough to remember, it has the feel of an old Agatha Christie/Poirot story at the end.
If you like San Francisco and a mystery solved without high tech forensics you will like this story
This was my first John Lescroat book and I am now a fan. It was a good story with lots of characters and a main character that was dragged into a murder investigation all the while not being sure if his wife Frannie had been unfaithful.
I didn't find this book to be slow - I wanted to see where the story was going at each new event. I'm a John Lescroart fan & wasn't disappointed by this one. I didn't realize that this was an older book though - I thought it was a new release.
Dont recommend, this book was so slow at getting to the punch. The events to get you there were not exciting either.
No it wasnt interesting enough
My first book by this author, and I was disappointed. It felt very much like the Kellerman series, almost like a carbon copy, especially in the relationship between husband and wife.
The story line slowed tremendously in the middle, and I felt like I could miss several minutes and still keep up with what was happening. Overall, a slow thriller, so does that make it a no-thrill?
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