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Publisher's Summary

In The 13th Juror, Dismas Hardy, lawyer/investigator, undertakes the defense of Jennifer Witt, accused of murdering her husband and their eight-year-old son as well as her first husband, who had died nine years earlier from an apparent drug overdose. While preparing his case, Hardy learns that both of Jennifer's husbands had physically abused her. But Jennifer refuses to allow a defense that presumes her guilt. She is not guilty, she claims.

Hardy is now driven to seek an alternative truth a jury can believe. As the trial progresses, the complex truth itself begins to change, to bend, to fade in and out of focus as the clock keeps ticking on Jennifer's fate, until there seems only one person left to convince, and she is "the 13th juror" - the judge.

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©2008 John Lescroart; ©2008 Brilliance Audio

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Another first rate author-reader collaboration

Again Lescroart has produced a legal thriller (written in 1994) that works on many levels.

For one thing, it's a well crafted book whose title enhances and cements the plot. And the narrator, David Colacci: what a reader! Those voices, that well timed drawl, the enjoyment of the humour. I hope that the Lesocraut-Colacci collaborations keep coming.

The characters. Lawyer, Dismas Hardy: as always, endearing in his humanity, his single mindedness, his capacity for friendship and creative, lateral thinking. Franny: his wife -- Franny, I thought you were a bit rough on Dismas this time, sending confused messages about his family obligations and at the same time, huge concern for his client. There's Freeman: reassuringly his own man, and a brilliant lawyer. And the judge: that was a strong portrayal.

And finally, the plot: satisfying, clever, smooth, twists and turns that weren't gratuitous but interesting side travels. A mix of arresting dialogue, dramatic high moments and, as always, the background of San Francisco's beauty and lifestyle (I enjoy Lew the Greeks!) As a person who is part of a society with gun control and where capital punishment has been abolished since 1967, I was riveted by the way the issues of capital punishment and gun ownership were presented.

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Heart rending and rewarding 5 stars Straight

I served as court clerk for 7 years and find this story very believable and deeply entertaining.

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Caveat to lawyers

Interesting story and well read by David Colacci, one of my favorite narrators, BUT, if you are a lawyer and are bothered by books with fundamental legal errors (just a few here), then you must be able to ignore them in order to enjoy the book.

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Mistake fixed by Audible

My compliments to Audible for listening to prior reviews and fixing the problem. I had initially wrote a bad rexiew but now applaud Audible for quickly fixing it. GREAT SEVICE-THANK YOU

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Boring to the point of irritability.

I could not get past the first half an hour. It would be bad enough if it put me to sleep, but it was too irritating for that.

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great narration

kept me interested all the way. Will get more books by this author and narrator.

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Good but LOOOOONG

I really enjoy the Diana's Hardy books but they surely do seem to be getting longer. I find that some parts unnecessary of the story are superfluous but I will listen to the next book.

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A gripping story

I'm a big Dismas Hardy fan, & I love David Colacci's narration. Great twist at the end.

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Hardy's Worst Effort

What disappointed you about The 13th Juror?

The series is enjoyable, and I'm about to read the next one. But this book is without doubt the worst trial novel I've ever read. The two attorneys (Hardy and Freeman) do a terrible job with the trial - if this was a movie nobody would believe it. By the time the guilt phase of the trial is done it seemed likely that this incompetence was designed to set up a Big Reveal at the very end, and that's exactly what we got. Really!? Perry Mason moments are absurdly unrealistic, but it's the best that Lescroart could think up.<br/><br/>Based on this book, Hardy is better off as a private investigator than an attorney. If the next book is as bad as this, I'm asking for a refund on both.

What could John Lescroart have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Find a way to let Hardy to a credible job. Not necessarily an excellent one, but not one so stunningly terrible.

Any additional comments?

The whole series is enjoyable at the beach-reading level. But at least they're solvable by the reader. Too easily solvable.

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A must listen.Lescroart does another wonderful job

What made the experience of listening to The 13th Juror the most enjoyable?

Different ways of coming to an end.

What did you like best about this story?

Dismas is a great lawyer. The plot was terrific.

What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

He is great. I am spoiled with his narration. I read only his for John Lescroart.

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

Yes.

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  • catherine
  • 05-21-15

My new favorite series

I have listened to a few of the previous titles in Lescroart's Dismiss Hardy series and with each book they just get better and better. It is well Narrated, the characters each given their own unique, individual voice. The story is compelling, and leaves you both sympathetic to the defendant and questioning her motives. With plot twists and shocking revaltions, the story is not only told in the courtroom but tells the tale of a young lawyer trying to battle his conscience with trying to save a woman from the death sentence even though he is not sure of her innocence, and spending time with his new family, his wife having just given birth to a new baby. With a child's death in question it hits close to the Dismiss who has also lost a child which was the cause of the breakdown from his previous marriage. I am now a huge fan of this series and can't wait to buy the next one.

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