• The Missing Piece

  • A Novel (Dismas Hardy, Book 19)
  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (177 ratings)

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The beloved New York Times bestselling Dismas Hardy series returns with this “perfect piece of entertainment from a master storyteller” (Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author) about a relentlessly twisty murder mystery.

No one mourned when San Francisco DA Wes Farrell put Paul Riley in prison eleven years ago for the rape and murder of his girlfriend. And no one is particularly happy to see him again when he’s released after The Exoneration Initiative uncovered evidence that pinned the crime on someone else. In fact, Riley soon turns up murdered, surrounded by the loot from his latest scam. But if Riley was really innocent all along, who wanted him dead?

To the cops, it’s straightforward: the still-grieving father of Riley’s dead girlfriend killed the former prisoner. Farrell, now out of politics and practicing law with master attorney Dismas Hardy, agrees to represent the defendant, Doug Rush—and is left in the dust when Rush suddenly vanishes. At a loss, Farrell and Hardy ask PI Abe Glitsky to track down the potentially lethal defendant. The search takes Glitsky through an investigative hall of mirrors populated by wounded parents, crooked cops, cheating spouses, and single-minded vigilantes. As Glitsky embraces and then discards one enticing theory after another, the truth seems to recede ever farther. So far that he begins to question his own moral compass in this “superb thriller from a veteran crime writer” (Jeffrey Deaver, New York Times bestselling author) that you’ll savor to the last word.

©2021 The Lescroart Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Love this series…even without David Colacci

Mostly this review is going to be for the narrator because, let’s face it, John Lescroart always writes a good book. This was no exception. I’m pretty good at figuring out who dunnit, but I didn’t clue into the bad guy until close to the end. So about the narrator. I LOVE David Colacci. I started this series because I was trying to find more books that he narrated. So when he suddenly wasn’t the narrator, I was bummed. I bought the Kindle version rather than give up my favorite characters’ voices that I knew and loved. But when this last book came out, I thought what the heck! If I hate the narrator, I’ll return the book. I am SO glad I gave him a chance! Jacques Roy did an absolutely excellent job! He didn’t give every character a distinctly different voice, but I never had a problem with not knowing who was speaking. He has a very soothing reading voice, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him. I even looked for other books he’s narrated, and wished I hadn’t already read the others in this series that he narrated. He hasn’t done a great many in the mystery/suspense genre, which is regrettable, but I’ll most certainly add him to my favorite narrator list.

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Boring and Flat

Lescroart has lost his ability to tell a compelling story. Either his heart isn't i. it anymore, or he's hired a no talent hack of a ghost writer to cobble things together like Patterson does. TERRIBLE dialogue. Every character using the same syntax, rhythm and vocabulary.

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Interesting

As a love of this author And his characters — this story was so interesting due the many different twists and turns. Slightly confusing to start, it develops into a true “who done it?” You won’t be disappointed.

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An other great listen

What a great listen. Another great story. So many familiar characters and that ever present surprise twist.

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Very good story

This book had a good storyline, but was a bit light on Dismas. I’m not as attached to the other characters so this wasn’t as fulfilling as some of the prior books.

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The Missing Piece

This was an excellent piece. You never knew the killer until the very end. Good read.

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Bland, forgettable, unrealistic

I had trouble keeping track of the characters because there wasn't much effort put in to making them three dimensional, and the narrator often barely changed inflection or accent for them. As well, the dialogue for these people who supposedly worked as prosecuters or cops or defense attorneys for many years was unrealistic: their debates about the purpose of defense attorney work didn't rise to the level of high school student discourse, much less the professional level. The sophistication of the legal and investigative procedures was barely above an average Law and Order episode. I don't understand why there are 19 of these books. They're easy to digest, I guess, and for me it was a nice break from more challenging books and a sleep aid. But there's nothing interesting about them. It feels like a paint by numbers generic mystery story. I can see it being entertaining for someone either very young or someone who's consumed little if any legal or police stories. But for people who have experience at all with the genre, or even stories in general with the slightest amount of real character development or real suspense, this book is a waste of time except as a melatonin replacement.

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Needed more work

Not one of his best works. Needed a lot more work. Performance was okay.