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The Second Chair: A Dismas Hardy Novel | [John Lescroart]

The Second Chair: A Dismas Hardy Novel

Dismas Hardy is finally on top: as a managing partner at his thriving, newly reorganized law firm, he's a rainmaker and fix-it guy for clients leery of taking their chances in a courtroom. Now Hardy's up-and-coming associate, Amy Wu, brings him a high-profile case: Andrew Bartlett, the 17-year-old son of a prominent San Francisco family, has been arrested for the double slaying of his girlfriend and his English teacher.
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Dismas Hardy is finally on top: as a managing partner at his thriving, newly reorganized law firm, he's a rainmaker and fix-it guy for clients leery of taking their chances in a courtroom. Now Hardy's up-and-coming associate, Amy Wu, brings him a high-profile case: Andrew Bartlett, the 17-year-old son of a prominent San Francisco family, has been arrested for the double slaying of his girlfriend and his English teacher. The D.A. wants to try him as an adult. Determined to get the case into juvenile court, and overwhelmed by the mounting evidence against her client, Wu asks Hardy to sit second chair for her in Bartlett's defense.

As the Bartlett case moves swiftly to trial, another series of murders grips the city. An unseen killer seems to be shooting citizens wantonly, and as fear and anxiety build around the Executioner (as he is quickly dubbed in the ensuing media frenzy), Abe Glitsky, the newly promoted deputy chief of the Investigations Bureau, leads the desperate hunt to stop him.

With the city on the verge of panic, Hardy and Glitsky are locked in a race against time - to save a client and to catch a murderer. But nothing is what it seems, and as both men's cases twist and turn to their shocking conclusions, the very foundations of San Francisco's legal system will be shaken to the core.

Check out more titles in the Dismas Hardy series.

©2004 John Lescroart; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Snoodely 03-05-10
    Snoodely 03-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "An insider's view of law-enforcement"

    As always, John Lescroart delivers an totally satisfying read with "The Second Chair." Also as always, David Colacci brings this novel to life with his excellent narration. Anyone contemplating listening to "The Second Chair" will probably enjoy it more if they have already listened to the previous novel in this series, "The First Law;" because "The Second Chair" makes several references back to events in "The First Law." These events, in turn, explain the anguish that our protagonists -- best friends Dismus Hardy and Abe Glitsky -- are suffering here. In general, it will reward the reader to listen to Mr. Lescroart's novels in sequence, because, as the characters develop over time, we begin taking proprietary interest in their lives and their predicaments. Lescroart's novels can accurately be called legal thrillers -- because most of them do contain a trial, and they always involve clever legal shenanigans -- but they can also be categorized as mysteries, police procedurals, and dramas. For instance, we learn from Mr. Lescroart's stories that defense lawyers need to generally assume the guilt of their clients, and work around that guilt. But, in the case of "The Second Chair" (and several other novels in this series), we discover that the attorney is actually defending an innocent person ... just as the attorney herself is making that discovery. Then the attorney must resort to the "SODDIT" ("Some Other Dude Did It") defense. The SODDIT defense works best if the attorney -- with or without the help of police detectives -- can discover the identity of the "other dude." The ensuing investigation transforms the novel into a thriller. "The Second Chair" definitely provides thrills, along with the requisite surprise ending.

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    PaddyC 01-12-12
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    "My Favorite Dismas/Abe Legal Drama"
    Where does The Second Chair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    See my title. I greatly enjoyed this audiobook


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Suggest you listen to First Oath , then Second Chair, for continuity.

    This audio book was so good, I did not want it to end !


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    Dismas has evolved and matured in this book. His character is the lead in this legal drama.


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

    I don't think thats possible with a 16 hour audio book. However, the last 2 hours will hold you.


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    Debbie United States 06-09-14
    Debbie United States 06-09-14 Member Since 2013

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

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    If you could sum up The Second Chair in three words, what would they be?

    Appealing Plot & Characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship of characters Harding & Wu. Really love Wu in the Dismas Harding series. The changing nature of their relationship grabs me. He is impossible to not love. She is a riot, yet deeper and the reader knows it. I like the other female in his life and the way they relate, the dynamic of the three - which is real, and I appreciate that "things & feelings" change with the characters, as happens in real life.


    What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does his job well & stays out of the way. His voices for two key female characters varies well and consistently - a weakness with a lot of narrators can be with the gender changes - the voices for them. Colacci does quite well. Causes no confusion.


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

    I had fun with it because of the characters - smiles & laughs. The plot had heavy features that were serious but no crying. And the flow was excellent producing adrenaline. These are clever crime mysteries/thrillers - all three genres apply.


    Any additional comments?

    Will read more books in this series especially if Wu remains a key character. I do not think one need read all of these titles in order. It is not hard to catch on in any book. However, knowing the history of the characters from past reads, adds to the experience. I am eager to read more titles in the series and primarily because of the characters.

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