Hard Evidence (Dismas Hardy Series #3)

Hard Evidence (Dismas Hardy Series #3)

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by John Lescroart
     
 

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What is the novel Hard Evidence like? ... Imagine combining, say, Elmore Leonard/Ross McDonald with Scott Turow/Philip Friedman and one begins to get a sense of the flavor, the local color - San Francisco, in this case - the courtroom authenticity and a narrative that is altogether original, fresh and surprising at a hundred twists and turns. Assistant D.A. Dismas…  See more details below

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What is the novel Hard Evidence like? ... Imagine combining, say, Elmore Leonard/Ross McDonald with Scott Turow/Philip Friedman and one begins to get a sense of the flavor, the local color - San Francisco, in this case - the courtroom authenticity and a narrative that is altogether original, fresh and surprising at a hundred twists and turns. Assistant D.A. Dismas Hardy opens the belly of a dying shark and discovers the severed hand of a man wearing a jade ring. When the rest of the body of a Silicon Valley billionaire washes up on a beach it becomes clear that he was shot to death by someone he knew. Hardy soon finds himself the prosecutor in San Francisco's biggest murder trial. The defendant is a Japanese call girl with a long list of prominent clients, including the victim. But office politics intervene and Hardy is demoted to assisting the ambitious D.A. who wants the case for its headlines. In a bizarre series of developments, the case has to be dropped and Hardy, whom the D.A. has set up to look like a loose cannon, is summarily fired. Suddenly a second suspect - a man Hardy knows, respects and admires - is charged with the same murder, and hires Hardy who is more familiar with the case than anyone, as defense counsel. Now all Hardy has to contend with is an uncooperative client, the victim's strange and seductive daughter, a prejudiced judge and a vengeful, hostile prosecutor. Within the microcosm of not one but two murder trials, the author creates a brilliant mosaic of character and conflict, a world of real people wrestling with issues of love and betrayal, ambition and selflessness, justice and retribution.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his third appearance, San Francisco bartender Dismas Hardy returns to the practice of law to star in a gripping courtroom drama that may well be Lescroart's breakthrough novel. After the severed hand of a murdered billionaire is discovered in a dead shark's stomach, Hardy ends up on the DA's team prosecuting the victim's Japanese mistress. She produces an airtight alibi just as the trial begins; Diz loses his job, and, in a bizarre twist, is hired to defend the second person accused of the crime, Andrew Fowler--who is not only his ex-father-in-law but was also the judge in the first trial. Diz's involvement with his beautiful ex-wife and the needs of his very pregnant current wife complicate his life, while doubts about his client's innocence and the antagonism demonstrated toward Fowler from both the prosecution and the bench put him at a disadvantage in court. A seemingly unimportant bit of testimony provides the clue that reveals the killer's identity and motivation. As always, Lescroart ( Dead Irish ; The Vig ) creates compelling, credible characters and, despite one or two unlikely coincidences, holds reader's attention through every step of the plot. 50,000 first printing; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections. (Feb.)
Library Journal
A hand wearing a distinctive ring turns up in a shark's belly in San Francisco, and the rest of the body of a Silicon Valley billionaire washes up on the beach a short time later. Assistant D.A. Dismas Hardy, who appeared in Lescroart's Dead Irish (Donald I. Fine, 1990) and The Vig (Donald I. Fine, 1991), is assigned to prosecute an elite call girl for the murder. In a bizarre turn of events, Hardy is fired and ends up instead defending his former father-in-law, a Superior Court judge, against the murder charge. Suspecting a set-up, Dismas must thread his way through a maze of uncooperative witnesses, an outraged D.A., his ex-wife, an eager reporter, the victim's seductive daughter, and an openly biased judge to get to the truth. Lescroart blends an intricate plot, a great locale, wonderfully colorful characters, and taut courtroom drama to create a book that will leave readers eager for more. Highly recommended. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections.-- Susan Clifford, Hughes Aircraft Co. Lib., Los Angeles
School Library Journal
YA-- From the moment a severed hand wearing a serpentine jade ring is found in the belly of a white shark, this murder case is emotionally, politically, and judicially tainted. Even after junior Assistant D. A. Dismas Hardy is forced into relinquishing the case to his superior, the ambitious Elizabeth Pullios, he finds himself in progressively more complex relationships with a seemingly unlimited string of murder suspects. First, the high-class Japanese mistress of the wealthy victim is caught trying to sneak out of the country with a note in her dead lover's handwriting promising her a million dollars. Then the powerful judge with the impeccable reputation hearing the case is found to be footing the bill for the mistress's defense. Finally, it is revealed that the possessive daughter of the victim had had a very unusual relationship with her father. YAs will devour this hefty book with its short chapters that fluidly move from pointed courtroom dialogue to ongoing investigation to complex personal intrigues, all driven by Hardy's idealism.-- Jessica Lahr, Edison High School, Fairfax County, VA
Wes Lukowsky
Dismas Hardy, the grief-stricken former district attorney turned bartender who first appeared in "The Vig" (1991) and "Dead Irish" (1990), returns with a new wife, a child, and his old job with the prosecutor's office. Pushing 40, Dis thought he'd paid his dues during his previous stint as a D.A., but now he's back at the low end of the totem pole, prosecuting small-time drug dealers, hookers, and other losers. He needs a case, a real case, to relaunch his career. It comes in the form of a hand in a dead shark's stomach. The hand is soon connected (figuratively, of course) to a recently murdered silicon-chip king. Here the novel turns Turowesque, with the plot bouncing effortlessly between the courtroom and the intraoffice battles among prosecutors. The ending Lescroart uses is becoming a cliche in crime novels, and astute readers will see it coming early on. Still, the writing is excellent, and the dialogue crackles. The Dismas Hardy series seems on the edge of a breakthrough to mass popularity. This could be the one that does it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804112758
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/1994
Series:
Dismas Hardy Series, #3
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
500
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.21(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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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Hard Evidence (Dismas Hardy Series #3) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who did it aswk this great author. Ive read everything and liked everything he has done. Great writers dont come any better than this. Fantastic beginning, a fine middle and wow a bang up ending to finish the great book. I like the style.
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susanc1249 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book... kept me interested throughout. Dismas, Abe, Frannie and othes have become like old friends and I am interested in what happens to them. I am definitely hooked on this series and  will eagerly read the next one!
Mustang_Man More than 1 year ago
Dismas hardy is a great character with a black and white sense of right and wrong. A believable thriller with excellent courtroom drama. The fast paced story line flows to an excellent can't figure it out conclusion. Good read.
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