Dead Irish (Dismas Hardy Series #1)

Dead Irish (Dismas Hardy Series #1)

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by John Lescroart, David Colacci
     
 

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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

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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 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Dismas Hardy, an ex-policeman and lawyer who has withdrawn from his former life as a result of a personal tragedy, tends an Irish bar in San Francisco.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:
9781423322931
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
03/20/2007
Series:
Dismas Hardy Series, #1
Edition description:
Unabridged, 9 CDs, 10 hours
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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