Hardy is now driven to seek an alternative truth a jury can believe. As the trial progresses, the complex truth itself begins to change, to bend, to fade in and out of focus as the clock keeps ticking on Jennifer's fate, until there seems only one person left to convince, and she is "the 13th juror" - the judge.
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©2008 John Lescroart; ©2008 Brilliance Audio
Again Lescroart has produced a legal thriller (written in 1994) that works on many levels.
For one thing, it's a well crafted book whose title enhances and cements the plot. And the narrator, David Colacci: what a reader! Those voices, that well timed drawl, the enjoyment of the humour. I hope that the Lesocraut-Colacci collaborations keep coming.
The characters. Lawyer, Dismas Hardy: as always, endearing in his humanity, his single mindedness, his capacity for friendship and creative, lateral thinking. Franny: his wife -- Franny, I thought you were a bit rough on Dismas this time, sending confused messages about his family obligations and at the same time, huge concern for his client. There's Freeman: reassuringly his own man, and a brilliant lawyer. And the judge: that was a strong portrayal.
And finally, the plot: satisfying, clever, smooth, twists and turns that weren't gratuitous but interesting side travels. A mix of arresting dialogue, dramatic high moments and, as always, the background of San Francisco's beauty and lifestyle (I enjoy Lew the Greeks!) As a person who is part of a society with gun control and where capital punishment has been abolished since 1967, I was riveted by the way the issues of capital punishment and gun ownership were presented.
Interesting story and well read by David Colacci, one of my favorite narrators, BUT, if you are a lawyer and are bothered by books with fundamental legal errors (just a few here), then you must be able to ignore them in order to enjoy the book.
My compliments to Audible for listening to prior reviews and fixing the problem. I had initially wrote a bad rexiew but now applaud Audible for quickly fixing it. GREAT SEVICE-THANK YOU
The series is enjoyable, and I'm about to read the next one. But this book is without doubt the worst trial novel I've ever read. The two attorneys (Hardy and Freeman) do a terrible job with the trial - if this was a movie nobody would believe it. By the time the guilt phase of the trial is done it seemed likely that this incompetence was designed to set up a Big Reveal at the very end, and that's exactly what we got. Really!? Perry Mason moments are absurdly unrealistic, but it's the best that Lescroart could think up.
Based on this book, Hardy is better off as a private investigator than an attorney. If the next book is as bad as this, I'm asking for a refund on both.
Find a way to let Hardy to a credible job. Not necessarily an excellent one, but not one so stunningly terrible.
The whole series is enjoyable at the beach-reading level. But at least they're solvable by the reader. Too easily solvable.
I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
Different ways of coming to an end.
Dismas is a great lawyer. The plot was terrific.
He is great. I am spoiled with his narration. I read only his for John Lescroart.
Audiobooks allow book nerds like me to venture out in public and keep "reading."
David Colacci could read me a technical manual and I'd keep pressing play. But Lescroart is solid if not spectacular at times. This book does not disappoint.
The story was highly entertaining. Insightful dialgue showed accurate picture of the abusive relationship. Lescroart also managed to accomplish what few writers can -- a gripping read but still highly plausible.
When I originally downloaded this book, I didn't get it all. This time I did. Well, it was long, but it kept going and really picked up to a fast pace at the end. Unexpected twist at the end. Great read.
When this audiobook was initially released it was missing the last 25 chapters (31-55) -- that's why it seems to leave the listener hanging. That's been corrected and the book is now available in a single 18 hour download (as opposed to the original 8 hours). Mine was fixed "automatically" by Audible with an update to my library. The fix took about a month to complete, but now the whole audiobook is available. My rating of the audiobook is based on the initial screwup, not on Lescroart's, as always, enjoyable writing.
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