Dead Irish (Dismas Hardy Series #1)

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A ex-cop names his poison. For former San Francisco cop Dismas Hardy,

Guinness Stout withBass Ale is the drink of choice, but a straight Irish whiskey will do anytime. The news of young Eddie Cochran's death calls for a double. The cops think it's suicide, but even to a lapsedCatholic like Hardy, it sounds wrong. Doubts lead him back into the heart of the Little Shamrock, into memories of warm kitchens, cold churches, and sins unforgetten. Blood ties stillbind Eddie's family—his...

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Overview

A ex-cop names his poison. For former San Francisco cop Dismas Hardy,

Guinness Stout withBass Ale is the drink of choice, but a straight Irish whiskey will do anytime. The news of young Eddie Cochran's death calls for a double. The cops think it's suicide, but even to a lapsedCatholic like Hardy, it sounds wrong. Doubts lead him back into the heart of the Little Shamrock, into memories of warm kitchens, cold churches, and sins unforgetten. Blood ties stillbind Eddie's family—his beautiful mother, his pregnant widow, his hot-tempered brothers, his compassionate priest. But old secrets and raw angers gnaw at the fabric of their lives. And Hardy's insticts warn him someone else is going to die.

Dismas Hardy is an ex-cop and bartender at the Little Shamrock, owned by his friend Moses McGuire. When Moses asks him to investigate the alleged suicide of his brother-in-law, Eddie Cochran, Dismas obliges. Though Dismas's probing suggests that Eddie was involved in a drug deal, he begins to uncover a dangerous entanglement much closer to home.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dismas Hardy, an ex-policeman and lawyer who has withdrawn from his former life as a result of a personal tragedy, tends an Irish bar in San Francisco. When his boss asks him to investigate the apparent suicide of Eddie Cochran, Hardy agrees. Cochran was a friend and proving his death was not suicide will free the insurance money to his pregnant widow. As he becomes close to Eddie's parents, his emotionally distraught younger brother and family friend, Father Jim Cavanaugh, Hardy finds his life complicated by an encounter and renewed relationship with his ex-wife. Uncovering a botched drug deal arranged by Cochran's employer, Hardy believes he can show that Eddie was indeed murdered. But from that point his investigations come to a dead end. The killer, identified about two-thirds of the way through the story, proves to be as fascinating a personality as Hardy himself. Lescroart ( Rasputin's Revenge ) provides a surprise twist at the end. (Jan.)
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Possessed of a singular writer's instinct, Lescroart drapes a bare-bones plot in psychological window dressing and produces a full-bodied, substantive, and stylistic effort of the first order. San Francisco ex-cop and current bartender Dismas ``Diz'' Hardy cannot believe his friend Eddie would commit suicide, so he decides to investigate. The progress of his search into Eddie's last days coincides with changes in his own emotional make-up, as he faces the reasons for his divorce and his feelings of guilt over the death of his infant son. Full attention to character, then, a sympathetic protagonist, and a satisfying conclusion.
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"An intricate  mystery that is so on-target in its portrayal of Irish  Catholics in America in general and in San Francisco  in particular that it transcends the  genre."—Dick Lochte, author of Running  Dog.

"Polished and fast-paced .  . . keep you riveted until the convincing but  supersede finale."—Nikolae Gerstner, author of  Dark Veil and co-author of  Finders Keepers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440207832
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Series: Dismas Hardy Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 403
  • Product dimensions: 4.23 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

John T. Lescroart

John Lescroart is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous legal thrillers and mysteries, most of them set in contemporary San Francisco. Among his novels are The FallThe Keeper, The Ophelia Cut, The Hunt Club,  The Second Chair, The First Law, Nothing But the Truth, and Dead Irish, as well as two novels featuring Auguste Lupa, the reputed son of Sherlock Holmes.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2003

    His first Dismas Hardy book

    This is the first in the series of Dismas Hardy and normally I would recommend starting there, but not in this case. While the story is OK had I started here I would not have continued with an excellent series. Starting with 'The Vig' you get all the background you need and it is a better book. Continuing on with the series they only get better. If you are like me that has to read everything you can always go back and pick up 'Dead Irish' when you know the characters and writer better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    I really enjoyed learning about Dismas Hardy. I could hardly pu

    I really enjoyed learning about Dismas Hardy. I could hardly put the book down and liked the twists at the end

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

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    I enjoyed this book, it held my interest and had a nice twist at

    I enjoyed this book, it held my interest and had a nice twist at the end. I will be reading more from this author.

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  • Posted June 22, 2014

    Dead Irish provides excellent entertainment, but the language ru

    Dead Irish provides excellent entertainment, but the language runs amok with foul words too often.  The character of Dismas Hardy shows a multi sided character with many endearing traits.  The sense of friendship and family loyalty stand tall in the story.  Did I pick the correct culprit as the killer, yes, the clues pointed to one character, but Lescroart makes the journey interesting.  I always enjoy a different setting and this is in California.  I will probably read another book in the Dismas Hardy series.

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    There are so many flaws in this book that I wanted to bang every

    There are so many flaws in this book that I wanted to bang everyone's heads together.  Does this writer not have an editor?

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    Nice story..great twist at the end. Dismas is an interesting cha

    Nice story..great twist at the end. Dismas is an interesting character. Overall, a good read

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    Posted April 23, 2012

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    I dont mind if u where it.

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