Homicide lieutenant Abe Glitsky, though hindered by the inept bungling of two politically appointed cops assigned to the investigation, quickly sets his sights on Kensing. Desperate and in need of an attorney, Kensing turns to lawyer Dismas Hardy for his defense. But as the pressure mounts to indict Kensing, Hardy goes on the offensive, believing that the murder had little to do with his client, and everything to do with business. Hardy knows that all is not well with the HMO, and makes a terrifying discovery: too many patients have been dying, many of them victims of murder - and it looks like it is the hospital that is killing them.
His own marriage tested and his family strained as he struggles to save his client, Hardy must uncover a twisting conspiracy of avarice and violence that takes the lives it is sworn to save. A timely and gripping novel that puts lives - and a long-standing friendship - at grave risk.
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©2004 John Lescroart; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
I liked the book but hated the narrator. Everybody sounds like they have a speech impediment.
Book #8 of the Dismas Hardy series continues to be worth the read.
Lawrence enhances the book with his skilful portrayal of the array of characters.
Words form the heart, sound forms the soul, intrigue forms the mind.
Lescroart does such great research. I love his books and Robert Lawrence did an outstanding job.
Agree with previous review, reader is distracting. Charactors do not perform well as in other Hardy stories. The whole thing seems to drag and for me and was hard to finish which is normally not the case with the author's books.
I am a big fan of John Lescroart, especially his Dismas Hardy series. This is the first time I have listened to one of his books, however, and I was a little disappointed. Lescroart is a fine writer of dialogue, and this particular narrator struggles quite a bit, trying to give unique voices to each character. His portrayal of women is especially distracting (they all sound alike with a silly falsetto voice), and he has no luck at all with an Australian character. If I didn't enjoy the series so much, I would have probably given up on it altogether. Just a lesson learned: I'll listen to the sample before I order next time. That said, the book is great - complicated plot, engaging characters and satisfying resolution.
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