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Fatal: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author John Lescroart, a riveting stand-alone novel about the unexpected, shattering, and lethal consequences of a one-night stand on a seemingly happily married couple.

Kate loves her life. At 44 she's happily married to her kind husband, Ron, blessed with two wonderful children, and has a beautiful home in San Francisco. Everything changes, however, when she and Ron attend a dinner party and meet another couple, Peter and Jill. Kate and Peter exchange only a few pleasant words, but that night, in bed with her husband, Kate is suddenly overcome with a burning desire for Peter.

What begins as an innocent crush soon develops into a dangerous obsession, and Kate's fixation on Peter results in one intense, passionate encounter between the two. Confident that her life can now go back to normal, Kate never considers that Peter may not be so willing to move on.

Not long after their affair, a masked man barges into the café Kate is sitting in with her best friend, firing an assault weapon indiscriminately into the crowd. This tragedy is the first in a series of horrifying events that will show Kate just how grave the consequences of one mistake can be.

An explosive story of infidelity, danger, and moral ambiguity, John Lescroart's latest thriller will excite and satisfy both his current and new fans.

©2017 The Lescroart Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Narrator Jacques Roy's clear voice and expert pacing will keep listeners engaged with the serpentine mystery.... Roy's subtle approach and impressive vocal range make for seamless listening as the story jumps between the police investigation, domestic betrayal, and forays into Beth's personal life." (AudioFile)

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    Richard Delman San Francisco 02-04-17
    Richard Delman San Francisco 02-04-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a 67 year old psychologist. I have been married for 28 years, with two sons who are 27 and 24. I love listening to the books.

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    "How does this guy keep doing this?"
    If you could sum up Fatal in three words, what would they be?

    What a silly question. (That's four.) Fatal is a stand-alone mystery that has some connections to the Dismas Hardy-Abe Glitsky books. Mainly the San Francisco Police Department. The writing is once again masterful, the plot is full of twists and turns, with perhaps too many killings but these are forgiven as they move the plot along. The characters are fully human, not one-dimensional, and their relationships are alive with good and bad feelings, and everything in between.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The layering of so many relationships. The complexity of the cop Beth and her best friend Kate: what goes on between them is fascinating. The character Peter Ashe is also central to everything in the book. I also loved the narration. David Colacci has read most of the Hardy-Glitsky novels; I had never heard Jacques Roy before, but he does a truly great job here. He is wonderful at tenderness, which is uncommon in this genre. I hope that female readers will like him. I know that the genre is mostly written for men, although I have women friends who very much enjoy these books as well.


    What about Jacques Roy’s performance did you like?

    As above, he has many of the skills that the best narrators possess. I don't know if he has had training in acting, but he sounds like he has. He knows how to use silence, which is much more important than people often see. We tend to take it for granted, but dialogue is much better when it includes the wise use of pauses and changes of pace.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are quite a few. Many of them occur in the second half of the book. The terrorist attack is in the middle, and the book uses this point as a kind of breakwater. Much of what follows stems from it, but some of the action stems from Peter's promiscuity. Many of the conversations are quite moving, as is the case when love and sex drive the action.


    Any additional comments?

    My appreciation of Mr. Lescroart's talent and creativity grow as time passes. I hope you enjoy these books, as they make for fine entertainment.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Stella Bolingbrook, IL, United States 04-05-17
    Stella Bolingbrook, IL, United States 04-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Too many characters of no significance. Boring."

    Narrator was good, story quite boring with too many characters that didn't matter or add anything. Only marginally manage to finish for the sake of my book club gathering.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donlad Hopewell Jct, NY, USA 02-04-17
    Donlad Hopewell Jct, NY, USA 02-04-17 Member Since 2017

    Retired after 36 years in Law Enforcement. Now working part time for the Sheriff Office.

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    "he had better books."

    not a fan of this one. could have had some more about the main cacature

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    Briana Conway 01-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "It was pretty engaging..."

    Until the procedural part of it literally dragged until the very end of the book. It was like watching a Law & Order marathon on TBS. it's interesting for the first three episodes, and then you tune it out as you get other things done.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Connersville, IN, United States 01-29-17
    Pamela Connersville, IN, United States 01-29-17 Member Since 2014

    "...When you come, bring the bookcase and the books that I left..." Apostle Paul, 2 Timothy 4:13

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    "Soft story line; manages to hit all liberal issues"

    Disappointing. Too many characters that make it difficult to connect with: Beth the cop, Kate, the attractive one night stand; Lori the anorexic; Peter the lawyer but jerk; Frank....Jill...their children....the list goes on and on as does the plot. However, not to disappoint the liberal left, Lescroart manages to get digs in on gun control, homosexuality and discrimination, jokes about Trump and Palin dying...geesh; it is all too predictable and boring. To think I actually looked forward to this book.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    WorthyWords 01-29-17
    WorthyWords 01-29-17
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    "had me hooked!"

    love dismas hardy series but this stand alone story was phenomenal. make sure you have time, you won't want to put it down.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    E. Enriquez NorCal 05-10-17
    E. Enriquez NorCal 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "fine lescroart addition"

    enjoyable for a standalone. missed my favorite characters but had a good time. nice narrator
    am I done yet?

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    Peter K. 05-03-17
    Peter K. 05-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the same caliber as earlier works"
    What disappointed you about Fatal?

    Narrator


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think I'd have appreciated it more with a different narrator. Once into the story, the story was good, I just had a problem with the reader. I almost returned the book...after the first couple of hours...saying I didn't like it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader's voice was pretty much the same for several characters and at those times, there were not enough "...he said," "...she said" to help. And no small 1-2 or longer count between changes, either.


    Any additional comments?

    I pretty much knew...or had a very high level of certainty...about who the "bad guys" were. Even his dad.

    I don't know if it's just that I have appreciated the author's earlier books with Diz and crew that I found this one lacking. But I do know I want more of Dismas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Vincent Michigan 03-29-17
    C. Vincent Michigan 03-29-17 Member Since 2016

    Character-driven, and suspense novels are for me. Not above a good beach read, but keep cheesy romances or poorly written books away.

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    "John Lescroart just has "it""

    Lescroart can write! I found this book to be a stunning standalone for him (for those of you who follow his Dismas Hardy series) with fully-realized characters and a complex, well-developed story. The whodunit is not so much the crux of the book - it's more the characters and their motivations. San Francisco, it's neighborhoods, weather and locations all tie into the story and make a wonderful setting for the novel. The narrator was very, very good - just a shade below stellar. If you enjoy Dismas, you'll enjoy this offering from the author as well. For those of you unfamiliar with the author, don't come anticipating a thriller. This book will reward you with it's portrait of human failings and foibles; I would say it can be called a soap opera of the highest order!

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    Bill 03-08-17
    Bill 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    Overall story, narrator and performance were very good, however not great. ending was a surprise. I would recommend this book.

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