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Dismas Hardy agrees to take an appeal to overturn the murder conviction of National Guard reservist Evan Scholler. Scholler had plenty of reasons for revenge—but as Dismas delves into the case, he begins to uncover a terrible truth that drops him right into the complicated world of government conspiracy, assassination, and betrayal…

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Dismas Hardy agrees to take an appeal to overturn the murder conviction of National Guard reservist Evan Scholler. Scholler had plenty of reasons for revenge—but as Dismas delves into the case, he begins to uncover a terrible truth that drops him right into the complicated world of government conspiracy, assassination, and betrayal…

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Publishers Weekly

At the start of the adrenaline-infused 10th thriller to feature DA Dismas Hardy (Dead Irish, etc.) from bestseller Lescroart, Hardy agrees to wrap up some of the caseload of a Bay Area lawyer who has mysteriously disappeared. After discovering that the lawyer was set to appeal an apparently straightforward murder case, Hardy realizes that the crime had its origins in Iraq, where the alleged killer and his victim first met. With the help of his old friend, Det. Abe Glitsky, Hardy learns that the victim, ex-navy SEAL Ron Nolan, was sleeping with the girlfriend of National Guard Reservist Evan Scholler, who was later convicted of killing Nolan. As Hardy and Glitsky dig deeper, they discover that Nolan had committed several murders himself, and it's up to Dismas and Hardy to unravel the conspiracy that may have roots in the U.S. government. Lescroart weaves his trademark complicated yet fast-moving tale, full of believable characters and crisp dialogue. A first-rate addition to the author's ongoing series, this should please both longtime readers and new fans. (Feb.)

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In Lescroart's (Hard Evidence) latest Dismas Hardy novel, our hero only appears in the opening and closing chapters. The middle of the book recounts the tragic experiences of Redwood, CA, police officer Evan Scholler before and after his tour of duty in Iraq. An officer in the National Guard, Evan is befriended by charismatic former Navy SEAL Ron Nolan. Now working for a private security firm, Ron betrays Evan twice. He drives a deep wedge between Evan and his girlfriend, Tara, then provokes a firefight that kills an Iraqi family, seven men in Evan's company, and leaves him severely wounded. Evan returns home but suffers from memory loss, post-traumatic stress disorder, and alcohol abuse. When Ron is found dead, Evan is accused, tried, and sentenced for the murder. Dismas is asked to handle the appeal, and San Francisco detective Abe Glitsky investigates a series of murders that may be connected. Lescroart's plot is timely and contains enough twists and turns to hold the listener's interest. Read by David Colacci, Betrayal is an excellent addition for audio collections with heavy traffic in courtroom procedurals. [Lescroart is the New York Times best-selling author of The Suspect.-Ed.]
—Stephen L. Hupp

Kirkus Reviews
Bay Area lawyer Dismas Hardy's first starring role since The First Law (2003) tackles a controversial subject: the independent contractors making a killing in Iraq. Even though he was defended by hotshot attorney Aaron Washburn, it's no wonder that Evan Scholler was convicted of murdering Ron Nolan in 2005. The two men had been close in Baghdad: Scholler an ex-cop National Guard lieutenant whose unit was deployed to Iraq with no clear mission, Nolan a contractor for Allstrong Security who inveigled the unit into accompanying his hefty cash pickups. But their friendship shattered when Nolan, having seduced Scholler's ex-girlfriend Tara Wheatley back in the States, provoked an ambush that decimated Scholler's group and left him with a brain injury. When he finally learned the depth of Nolan's perfidy, Scholler vowed to kill him, and all the evidence indicates that he did. Three years after Washburn's unsuccessful defense, Charlie Bowen, the attorney preparing Scholler's appeal, vanished. Now, after six months, he's been declared incompetent to file the appeal, which has been assigned to Hardy. After sitting out most of the opening 300 pages, Hardy settles down to sift through reams of documents, most of them damning. Eventually he notices a sinister pattern: Several minor figures associated with the case (an ex-SEAL with Allstrong, an Iraqi middleman, Charlie Bowen's suspicious wife) have died violently, leaving behind no evidence of who killed them. Was Scholler framed after all? Of course he was-and although it's pretty obvious who did the job and why, it's a pleasure watching Hardy pick up the scattered pieces and fit them together. Sturdy wartime intrigue, subpar courtroom drama, littlemystery, much righteous (and infectious) anger. A great case, but a decidedly mixed verdict. Agent: Barney Karpfinger/Karpfinger Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469266268
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Series: Dismas Hardy Series , #12
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 606,442
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John T. Lescroart
John Lescroart is the bestselling author of eighteen previous novels, which have sold more than ten million copies. He lives with his family in Northern California.

Biography

John Lescroart has made a name (albeit an unpronounceable one!) for himself as the author of crime thrillers, most notably an acclaimed series starring the San Francisco lawyer-and-cop team of Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky. But the road to bestsellerdom has been paved with more than a few unexpected detours for this hardworking novelist, who has been writing all his adult life but who only started to chart big around the mid-1990s.

Lescroart (pronounced les-KWA) grew up with an equal interest in music and writing. After college, he concentrated his energies on the former, performing alone and in bands around the San Francisco Bay area and scribbling in whatever spare time he could find. But he set a deadline for himself, and when he had not "made it" by age 30, he quit music to focus on writing. Within weeks he finished up a novel-in-progress based on his experiences living in Spain. He submitted it to a former high school teacher who was less than dazzled; but the man's wife loved it and entered the manuscript in a local competition. Although it would not formally see print for another four years, Sunburn won the prestigious Joseph Henry Jackson Award, beating out Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire for the best novel by a California author.

To support his art, Lescroart held down a dizzying succession of jobs -- from house painting and bartending to working as a legal secretary. At one point, just as he was ready to enroll in the creative writing program at Amherst, he was offered a lucrative gig he could not afford to pass up, and graduate school fell by the wayside. As the years passed, some of his books were published, but he never felt financially secure enough to write full-time. Then, in 1989, he contracted spinal meningitis after body-surfing in contaminated seawater. He emerged from his life-threatening ordeal with a new resolve, quit the last of his day jobs, and became a real working novelist.

It took a few tries for Dismas Hardy to become the fully realized character Lescroart's fans have come to know and love. Debuting in 1989's Dead Irish, Hardy began life as an ex-cop/ex-attorney turned bartender and did not return to the practice of law until his third appearance in Hard Evidence (1993). From then on, interest grew in the series, which has snowballed into a lucrative franchise for the author. In 2006, Lescroart introduced another San Francisco-based dynamic duo, private investigator Wyatt Hunt and homicide detective Devin Juhle, in The Hunt Club. Slightly younger than Hardy and Glitsky but drawn with the same humanizing brush, the protagonists of this series have proved immensely popular with readers.

Incidentally, Lescroart's writing success has allowed him to return to his other love: He has founded his own independent label, CrowArt Records, which showcases some of his own music and produces CDs by a number of artist/friends. At long last, John Lescroart is able to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview, Lescroart let us in on some fun and fascinating insights about himself and his life as a writer:

"First, it's Less-KWAH. Here's a tip -- don't have that name. Get a pen name that people can pronounce and remember. Just this Saturday, I gave a talk at a well-attended writers' conference. There were probably a hundred people in the room, and the talk went very well. Five minutes later, I was in the bathroom washing my hands and around the corner, I heard a guy tell another that he'd just heard the greatest talk by John le Carré. 'You know, The Tailor of Panama and the Smiley books? Good stuff. I'm going to go buy all his books.'"

"Second, I didn't have to quit the day job to keep writing. One of the most productive times in my early writing life was while I had a full-time job as a word processor in a law firm and also worked part-time at night, often working until 11:00 p.m. How did I do any writing, you might ask? Well, I did it between 6:00 and 8:00 in the morning, four pages a day, and published five books in six years. But because a) I was making some money doing 'regular' work and didn't have to be scrounging for coin and b) I was panic-stricken at the little time that was left in the day to write, I wound up becoming more efficient."

"Third, I don't wait on inspiration, and I refuse to acknowledge 'writer's block.' I simply sit down and put words on the paper. It's like being a carpenter -- writers build things. Carpenters don't wake up and say, 'Hmm, I'm not in the mood to drive nails today.' No, they go to work and do the job. It's not very romantic, but that's how I approach writing."

"If you have a good relationship, nurture it. The great god of Writing with a capital "W" isn't the only thing in life. It can be a great part and a big part, but it shouldn't consume you on a daily basis and shouldn't make your life miserable all the time. Try not to get nuts about the greater success of other writers -- we're really not in competition with other writers. We're only trying to outdo ourselves, to get better at our jobs. Go on dates. Spend some time outside (fishing is good, so is skiing, hiking, swimming, jogging). Stay in shape -- writing is a marathon. Don't drink too much. Have as much fun as you can."

Lescroart used to perform as "Johnny Capo" in a group called Johnny Capo and His Real Good Band. Although he no longer performs with that outfit, he still pursues music as the founder of his very own independent label called CrowArt Records. The first project on the label was Date Night, a CD of his own compositions performed by master pianist Antonio Castillo de la Gala. Followers of Lescroart's writing may recognize the in-joke in the album's title. As he explains on his web site, "Fans of Dismas Hardy will know that Diz and Frannie (Dismas's wife) set aside every Wednesday night for some time alone together -- it's their date night."

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Lescroart
    2. Hometown:
      El Macero, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 14, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Houston, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English with Honors, UC Berkeley, 1970

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    Betrayal won't betray you

    Lescroart takes Tannenbaum to another level. His characters are more believable and his plots are far more topical. Betrayal combines a classic "whodunit" with terrorism, Iraq, Blackwater and legal manuevering. Dismas Hardy is believable, flawed, brilliant without having to rely on the type of vigilante wife that I find so unbelievable in Tannenbaum's offerings. Pick up Betrayal and enjoy the story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2010

    Did Mr. Lescroart really write the first 400 pages?!

    The first two thirds of the book reads like a cheap, poorly written romance novel, complete with every cliche. Had it been any other author, I would have put the book down. I kept HOPING it would get better. Unfortunately, only about 150 pages remained before he got back to Dismas and Hardy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    former fan

    Sigh...yet another author strays from his tried and true story lines to enter the world of self-indulgent politicking. Couldn't wait for Dismas Hardy and company to return, only to find more than half the book a thinly disguised left-wing leaning attack on our men and women serving in harm's way...not everyone who sees (saw) action wigs out on society. It really dredged up some old Vietnam-era sterotypes. Won't be buying another one of his books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    V Excellent!

    The best storyline so far in the Hardy series! A definite page turner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Really great book. Just read it for the 2nd time.

    Really great book. Just read it for the 2nd time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Thank you!

    It was like three separate books and three lifetimes for Evan. The way it is written really brings home the human element and the complexity of our system.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Not his best

    I am 165 pages into this book and sorely disappointed. I read this series for the Hardys and the Glitzkys and am not impressed by their minor roles in this book. I couldnt care less about the main characters focused on in this book. Too much money for this book for this level of disappointment.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    Where are Dismas and Abe?

    The first few pages were alow for me -- too military. However, once I got past them, I was hooked. Overall, a most interesting read.

    I was disappointed, too, in the beginning, that my favorite Lescroart characters had a minor, almost nonexistent, role. I missed hearing from them. At some point that ceased to be important, and they did show up toward the end, making significant contributions.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

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    Captivating

    This was the first book by John Lescroart that I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It kept me engaged during the entire book. Very believable characters and situations. I look forward to reading another one of his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2009

    Love it!

    Great read & great characters from one of my favorite authors!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

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    Excellent Book

    This was a very interesting book. He portrays the ugly side of war. What it does to the people we have serving in any war area is not a very pretty thing to see or read about. This book will keep you going until the very end. I am looking forward to starting A plague of Secrets, his latest offering.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    Another good book in the series

    Another good book in Lescroart's (Less kwah) series. This one is about Iraq and a murder in the U.S. It was a little slow to get started, unlike his earlier books, but captivating none-the-less. Once again you have the main characters Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky working to help get an innocent man off. This one has an ending that caught me off guard.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    A reviewer

    The parceling out of military duties has been receiving great attention lately, and the result is not favorable to the US government. Here author John Lescroart takes a fictional look that seems like it could all be true as military contractors take the law into their own hands, and, in the interests of national security, may get away with it. He portrays a war that is costing the US more than lives as its very soul seems for sale. In my opinion, this is Lescroarts' best book yet. I had a problem with one of his earlier novels, which I thought made mistakes a lawyer shouldn't have made. But all is well now and I can heartily recommend this latest effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2008

    Buy It-ReadIt-Enjoy It

    One of JL's best. I waited and was not disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2008

    Perfect Betrayal

    Great plot line and characters. I felt so bad for Evan who seemed to be taken advantage of by his comrades and his country. He found that drinking to cope was a bad decision, however late it was. The ending was a surprise and well worth the wait.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a fascinating timely thriller

    When lawyer Charlie Bowen suddenly vanishes Attorney Dismas Hardy agrees to complete his missing peer¿s cases. He assumes this will prove easy until he realizes that Charlie was about to file an appeal of an obvious murder conviction. In 2005, Evan Scholler was convicted of killing former SEAL Ron Nolan in spite of being defended by top lawyer Aaron Washburn.-------------- Hardy learns from Police Detective Abe Glitsky that the two men met in Iraq where Scholler was serving as a lieutenant in a National Guard unit and Nolan was a contract guard working Allstrong Security. Back in America Nolan seduced Scholler's ex-girlfriend and caused an incident that left Scholler brain damaged and much of his team dead. Scholler publicly vowed to kill his former friend. The appeal looks hopeless until they begin to uncover proof that Nolan was involved in killing other Americans.-------------- BETRAYAL is a fascinating timely thriller that is incredible when it looks into the legal accountability of contract guards in a war zone and into the post traumatic stress including survivor guilt of returning veterans especially those suffering physical injuries. While a legal thriller, interestingly the court room drama though well written takes a back seat on the docket to the Iraq War legal and medical issues. John Lescroart is in top form with the return of Dismas Hardy, who is terrific in this tale as he enhances the best segues, which occur ironically when he is off page.------------ Harriet Klausner

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