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The Oath: A Dismas Hardy Novel | [John Lescroart]

The Oath: A Dismas Hardy Novel

When the head of San Francisco's largest HMO dies in his own hospital, no one doubts that it is anything but the result of massive injuries inflicted by a random hit-and-run accident. But the autopsy soon tells a different story - an overdose of potassium killed him, and the attending physician, Eric Kensing, becomes the prime suspect in a high-profile homicide.
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Publisher's Summary

When the head of San Francisco's largest HMO dies in his own hospital, no one doubts that it is anything but the result of massive injuries inflicted by a random hit-and-run accident. But the autopsy soon tells a different story - an overdose of potassium killed him, and the attending physician, Eric Kensing, becomes the prime suspect in a high-profile homicide.

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.

Check out more titles in the Dismas Hardy series.

©2004 John Lescroart; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Pam Sturgess Laguna Niguel, CA 05-20-13
    Pam Sturgess Laguna Niguel, CA 05-20-13
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    "I'm an IDIOT! Don't YOU be an idiot. Skip this one"

    As is my habit, when an author I like comes out with a new title, I go back and start from the beginning and listen to ALL of his books before listenting to the new book. As i went through the Dismas Hardy books this time, I wondered why I didn't have The Oath, The First Law or The Hearing in my library. I purchased and downloaded all 3 WITHOUT rereading the reviews. Then I found out why I had NOT purchased them previously. This is one of the all-time worse narrators every to record a book. It's even more horrible because a couple of these are key book in the series. He actually does a lisping detective (REALLY?!!) What purpose does that serve. Hardy's voice read by Lawrence is nasal and whiny. I can't begin to express how difficult it was to listen to these. BEWARE!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    PaddyC 01-06-12
    PaddyC 01-06-12
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    "Excellent Hospital Crime Drama in San Francisco"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you enjoy the Dismas Hardy series, I would definitely recommend this audio book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Oath?

    Oath starts out a little slow but often this is necessary, to set the various scenes.
    I enjoyed this audio book and once i got to part 2, I could not stop listening


    Which character – as performed by Robert Lawrence – was your favorite?

    I thought the Hospital CEO , who was corrupt , was fascinating.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Chicago, IL, United States 08-10-11
    Kathryn Chicago, IL, United States 08-10-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Enjoyable story, but the narration is pretty bad"

    Since when does Moses McGuire have a (bad) Irish brogue? I was a bit annoyed with the narration of this book. Lawrence also narrated The Hearing, which sounded terrible. This was a little better, but sheesh, the accents! Stop it! Especially when it makes no sense for the character!

    As for the book itself, it was well-written, as always. I like Lescroart's mysteries.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-07-10
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-07-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Good and Bad"

    The beginning of this book dragged with many characters that I found difficult to remember. That difficulty stemmed from narration that I would consider to be not the best. Differentiation was created more by accents that I was not sure were true (southern, english, etc.) and the female voices were awful.

    However, the story is a good one and worth the listen. I look forward to other books by this author, but not by this narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SUNEET Malaysia 04-10-14
    SUNEET Malaysia 04-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A well-written story"

    The plot is decent, the details are adequate, and the characters are nicely developed. I think this book is a fairly typical Lescroart, and is money well spent.
    The Oath could be considered a medical thriller, but the hospital is only the start of the action. This particular book is also short on courtroom drama, so if you really want some Perry Mason stuff this one is not going to please you. There are a few philosophical passages, but they are actually quite nice and not too long.
    The Abe Glitsky twist towards the end was unnecessary.
    Robert Lawrence has a somewhat sing-song style of narration, but, once I got used to the style I thought he was quite good. Despite all the adverse reviews about him, I will gladly pick up another book read by Lawrence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore 10-17-09 Member Since 2006

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    "smart, fast paced, still very timely!"

    explores many of the issues in the current healthcare debate in the context of a real "page turner" of an audio book. The reader did a great job w/the different characters... you could always tell which character was speaking by the voice, and there were plenty of them!
    as a heath care worker intimately familiar w/these issues, and an avid mystery buff, i really, really enjoyed this book!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie United States 08-19-14
    Debbie United States 08-19-14 Member Since 2013

    Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..

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    "Half the Story - Twice the Length"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Oath to be better than the print version?

    I do not know.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Boring.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Lawrence’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure but I liked him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but in half the time. It had a decent idea, characters are good but just went on-and-on without any accretive contributions. Would have been twice as pleased if it had been half as long.


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    Kim Port Macquarie, Australia 03-06-14
    Kim Port Macquarie, Australia 03-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Another good book in the series"

    I like a book with a few good suspects like this one, and I especially enjoyed that it strayed from the Hardy formula, in that the client did not go to trial.

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    Larry Murray, UT, United States 01-28-14
    Larry Murray, UT, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story, awful reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you can find this book by another reader, would recommend to friend, if not forget it


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Lawrence’s performances?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed in lots of places, love the way the author adds a bit of humor


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    Juan Rockville, MD, United States 04-01-13
    Juan Rockville, MD, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story HORRIBLE narrator."

    I liked the book but hated the narrator. Everybody sounds like they have a speech impediment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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