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Betrayal (Dismas Hardy Series #12)

Betrayal (Dismas Hardy Series #12)

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by John Lescroart, David Colacci
     
 

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When Dismas Hardy agrees to clean up the caseload of recently disappeared attorney Charlie Bowen, he thinks it will be easy. But one of the cases is far from small-time—the appeal to overturn the murder conviction of National Guard reservist Evan Scholler, who has been sentenced to life without parole for the murder of an ex-Navy SEAL and private contractor

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When Dismas Hardy agrees to clean up the caseload of recently disappeared attorney Charlie Bowen, he thinks it will be easy. But one of the cases is far from small-time—the appeal to overturn the murder conviction of National Guard reservist Evan Scholler, who has been sentenced to life without parole for the murder of an ex-Navy SEAL and private contractor named Ron Nolan. Two rapid-fire events in Iraq conspired to bring the men into fatal conflict: Nolan’s relationship with Evan’s girlfriend, Tara, a beautiful schoolteacher back home in the States, followed by a deadly incident in which Nolan’s apparent mistake results in the death of an innocent Iraqi family as well as seven men in Evan’s platoon. As the murky relationship between the U.S. government and its private contractors plays out in the personal drama of these two men, and the consequences for Evan become a desperate matter of life and death, Dismas Hardy begins to uncover a terrible and perilous truth that takes him far beyond the case and into the realm of assassination and treason.

From the treacherous streets of Iraq to the courtrooms of California, Betrayal is a magnificent tour de force of pure storytelling.

Editorial Reviews

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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Library Journal

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469266268
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
12/01/2012
Series:
Dismas Hardy Series, #12
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

John Lescroart is the author of nineteen previous novels, including The Betrayal, The Suspect, The Hunt Club, The Motive, The Second Chair, The First Law, The Oath, The Hearing, and Nothing But the Truth. He lives in Northern California.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
El Macero, California
Date of Birth:
January 14, 1948
Place of Birth:
Houston, Texas
Education:
B.A. in English with Honors, UC Berkeley, 1970

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Betrayal (Dismas Hardy Series #12) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
JDubWB More than 1 year ago
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.
BentleyCA More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
CHK More than 1 year ago
A great disappointment. 75% of the book is devoted to a complicated murder scenario with completely new characters. Only in the last 100 pages does Dismas Hardy appear as the appellate attorney, with his usual high power performance. and exciting intrigue. If you are a Lescroat fan this could be a good read, but as a Dismas Hardy fan, it wasn't worth the time to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best storyline so far in the Hardy series! A definite page turner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great book. Just read it for the 2nd time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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MargaretofBrighton More than 1 year ago
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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BookMouse More than 1 year ago
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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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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