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From the "master of the legal thriller" (Chicago Sun-Times) John Lescroart comes a dramatic family drama in which attorney Dismas Hardy is called on to defend a former client against the accusation of murder.

Dismas Hardy is looking forward to cutting back his work hours and easing into retirement after recovering from two gunshot wounds. He is determined to spend more time with his family and even reconnect with his distant son, Vincent. But Dismas just can't stay away from the courtroom for long, and soon he is pulled into an intense family drama with fatal consequences.

Grant Carver, the vigorous patriarch of the Carver family and its four-generations-owned family business, has been murdered. His bookkeeper, Abby Jarvis, whom Hardy had defended on a DUI charge 11 years prior, is the prime suspect after police discover she's been embezzling funds from the company - but she insists she did not kill her boss.

As he prepares to defend her, Dismas investigates the Carver clan and discovers the dark, twisted secrets within the family. It seems that Abby was not the only one who stood to profit from the company's $25 million market value. From jealous children to gold-digging girlfriends, Dismas has his work cut out for him in sifting through mud flinging, backstabbing, and accusations of blackmail.

But Dismas has to save not only his client's life but his own, as it soon becomes clear that someone has a painted a target on his back, too. With Lescroart's signature "smart, riveting, and utterly compelling" (Brad Thor, number one New York Times best-selling author) prose, this whip smart and nail-bitingly suspenseful thriller will keep you guessing until the very end.

©2018 John Lescroart (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 02-14-18

Worst Lescroart legal 'thriller' ever!

I made the mistake of setting Poison by John Lescroart aside with 4 hours left this morning to listen to Scott Pratt's Justice Lost which was released today. When I completed Justice Lost I returned to Poison and completed it; comparing the two legal thrillers is unavoidable. Lescroart's Poison suffers from the comparison. I have read or listened to many John Lescroart legal thrillers. Poison just-take-a nap boring. Justice Lost is a tightly written novel with an interesting plot and great narration. Poison is a sloppily written excessively wordy novel. Narration by Jacques Roy is mostly disinterested monotone. My advice is to skip this one; I wish I had.

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  • Pamela
  • Connersville, IN, United States
  • 05-23-18

Disappointing, slow moving story

John Lescroart rarely disappoints. However, this story is an exception. I've dowloaded Poison 6 weeks ago and still struggling to finish. Basically, I don't care about the characters and don't care who did it. The plots just plods along like an old, arthritic dog. I'll finish it - one of these months but definitely not one of those you just can't put down.

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  • SV Cor
  • Palm Desert CA
  • 05-18-18

Time to put Dis out to pasture

Unfortunately toooooo predictable.
My favorite author.
Previous Books are the best.
Miss David Colacci.
Interested to see if Dis returns.
Maybe this was his end.

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  • Michael
  • Arvada, CO, United States
  • 04-02-18

Really Disappointing

I love the Dismiss Hardy stories and with this book the story is great, but unlike David Colacci who actually performs the story, Jacques Roy just read it. A great performer like David Colacci, or George Guidall, Scott Brink, Roy Dotrice, Wil Wheaton, etc can all take a so-so story and make it very enjoyable listen. But when a so-so narrator takes a good story and reads it, it makes for a so-so audio book. This is a so-so audio book.

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  • Karen
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 03-13-18

Not a thrilling thriller, I'm afraid

I was disappointed to find that David Colacci was not the narrator of this book, as he has become the voices of Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky for me. The new narrator seems bored with the book, which, I agree, is not very exciting. I was able to figure out the identity of the villain long before it was revealed, and I kept hoping it was a red herring, but, alas, it was not. Surely hope that the next book is better...if not narrated by Colacci, I likely will pass.

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Almost

This almost made it onto my list of good Dismas Hardy novels, it is along list as I have read most of them. Unfortunately, the story fell apart at the last approximately 20%relying on a lazy deus ex machina device to bring the story to a close.
Very good narration.

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Except for Dismas, characters are cardboard

Lescroart's characters in his series are full of history, Rich backstories, ... but not in this novel. They just serve as people to talk to. His son and daughter are supposedly launching their lives, but nothing from them at all. They walk on and walk off.

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Good story - poor narration

Enjoyed the story but the narration, not so much. Narrator sounded bored with the story.

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Classic Dismas Hardy

Lescroart delivers again! I have read (or listened to) every Dismas Hardy look by Lescroart. It has been a privilege & honor to follow him with all his quirks of character & wry sensibilities for his entire adult life. Is this the end? Hardy solves one final case. All the favorite characters _ now older too are featured, Franny, Abe Glitzkey. Wes Farrell, “ the (fully grown “Beck”, Facebook-employed Vincent. Such a satisfying read. While David Colache will remain my favorite narrator of the Hardy series, this new reader is also superb. Great plot, great writing, great performance. Please don’t let this be the end.

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  • dk
  • 04-02-18

The Cast Iron Pan

Had to wait till the last 5 minutes for the appearance of my favorite character: The pan. Only quibble is cooking eggs in said pan. All around enjoyable listen.