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The Second Chair (Dismas Hardy Series #10)
     

The Second Chair (Dismas Hardy Series #10)

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by John Lescroart
 

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In the latest of his acclaimed novels featuring Dismas Hardy, John Lescroart skillfully and subtly weaves together a story of a privileged youth on trial for murder, and an entire city on the brink of panic, taking this popular series to new heights of stylish suspense.

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Second Chair (Dismas Hardy Series #10) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If anyone who likes to read John Grisham among others. Give Lescroart a try! This truly gifted author can rival Grisham so well that I have read everything he has come out with. This has the best ending of any recent book I have ever read. Lescroart is the master of legal suspense!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Voice performer David Colacci gives a vital, arresting reading of John Lescroart's legal thriller 'The Second Chair.' As with previous works by this author there are dramatic courtroom scenes, and easy to relate to characters. His setting is the City by the Bay. Once again lawyer Dismas Hardy and his detective buddy, Abe Glitsky, are paired. Now Glitsky is the Deputy Chief of the Investigations Bureau and Hardy is managing partner in what seems to be a soon-to-be-successful law firm. Amy Wu, a promising young attorney in his firm, brings him a challenging and headline grabbing case. The son of an upper level San Francisco family, Andrew Bartlett, has been arrested in the double murder of his girlfriend and teacher. He's 17 and the District Attorney is determined to try him as an adult. Wu is equally determined to take the case to juvenile court. However, she needs some help to do this and so she turns to Hardy, asking him to sit second chair. Evidence against young Bartlett seems sound. But there is chaos to come when a string of murders chills San Francisco. Citizens are shot in what are apparently random killings. Thus both Hardy and Glitsky are pitted in challenges that may change their lives - one must try to save a client, the other must stop a psychotic killer. Lescroart just keeps getting better and better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In San Francisco, Laura Wright and her drama teacher Mr. Mooney are killed in his apartment. Laura¿s lover, Andrew Bartlett, the father of her unborn child is arrested two months after the double homicide and charged with special circumstances murder. Amy Wu, an associate in the law firm in which Dismas Hardy is the managing partner, takes the case even though she believes her client is guilty.

With his parents¿ permission, Amy plea bargains for her seventeen year old client so that he will plead guilty if he¿s charged as a minor. She explains to Andrew that he will be remanded to a juvenile youth facility for eight years and then would be a free man. Andrew agrees to Amy¿s suggestion since the evidence against him is so overwhelming, but at the last minute he declares his innocence. Dismas takes a more active role in the case, seeking evidence, interviewing witnesses and acting as THE SECOND CHAIR in Andrew¿s upcoming hearing.

No doubt about it, Dismas Hardy is the twenty-first century¿s Perry Mason only more personable since the audience sees his interactions with his employees, friends, wife and children. THE SECOND CHAIR is a great legal thriller with a cast of characters easy to like. The intrinsic workings of the California judicial system specially when it comes to the rights of a juvenile is fascinating to observe. John Lescroart¿s latest work, THE FIRST CHAIR is definitely heading to the New York Times bestseller list.

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MavOR More than 1 year ago
The plot is a little tedious the first third of the book, then picks up as more murders are uncovered. Unfortunately, as things develop it is all too apparent the victims are part of a revenge spree. The discovery of the precise jury connection is just too pat as one of the victim's ex-wives reveals that he was on a jury----deux ex machina is alive and well! Nevertheless, with all its weaknesses, I still enjoyed time spent with Dismas and Abe. While enjoyable, Lescroart's writing doesn't quite measure up to Michael Connelly.
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