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.
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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.
Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..
Appealing Plot & Characters
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.
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.
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.
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.
See my title. I greatly enjoyed this audiobook
Suggest you listen to First Oath , then Second Chair, for continuity.
This audio book was so good, I did not want it to end !
Dismas has evolved and matured in this book. His character is the lead in this legal drama.
I don't think thats possible with a 16 hour audio book. However, the last 2 hours will hold you.
I really enjoyed this one. It is a mystery with enough clues to allow the reader to guess the villain without being terribly disappointed by the ending. I've read most of the books in the Dismas Hardy series, and this is one of the more believable, action-packed stories, with substantial character development of Amy Wu and others besides the usual insights and foibles of Hardy and Glitsky.
Hardy & Glitsky age throughout the series so this would not be the best place to start. I recommend going back at least to book 3, Hard Evidence.
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