Dead Irish (Dismas Hardy Series #1)

Dead Irish (Dismas Hardy Series #1)

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by John Lescroart
     
 

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A ex-cop names his poison. For former San  Francisco cop Dismas Hardy, Guinness Stout with Bass 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 lapsed Catholic like  Hardy, it…  See more details below

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A ex-cop names his poison. For former San  Francisco cop Dismas Hardy, Guinness Stout with Bass 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 lapsed Catholic 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 still bind 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.

Editorial Reviews

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Dismas Hardy, an ex-policeman and lawyer who has withdrawn from his former life as a result of a personal tragedy, tends an Irish bar in San Francisco.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.)
Library Journal
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.
From the Publisher
"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:
9781101531952
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Series:
Dismas Hardy Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
18,846
File size:
338 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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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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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Dead Irish (Dismas Hardy Series #1) 3.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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I really enjoyed learning about Dismas Hardy. I could hardly put the book down and liked the twists at the end
susanc1249 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, it held my interest and had a nice twist at the end. I will be reading more from this author.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
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.
Reader4Lyf More than 1 year ago
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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lawmarine32 More than 1 year ago
Nice story..great twist at the end. Dismas is an interesting character. Overall, a good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont mind if u where it.