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John Lescroart combines astute social commentary with authentic courtroom drama for another suspenseful legal thriller that stands alongside the first-rate works of Scott Turow and Robert K. Tanenbaum. After the brutal events of The First Law, San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy has recovered physically from his wounds but suffers a crisis of faith as his confidence in the law is shattered.
Hardy's young associate, Amy Wu, is still struggling with her father's death when she takes on the case of a teenage boy accused of a double shooting. Her judgment clouded, Wu enters into a plea bargain without consulting her young client, who adamantly refuses to play ball. Hardy, who is forced to sit second chair, soon uncovers evidence that the boy may indeed be innocent. As Hardy begins a journey of rediscovery, his newly promoted friend, Abe Glitsky, faces problems of his own, as the police become consumed by the hunt for a serial killer called The Executioner who is terrorizing the city by targeting random victims.
Following the tradition of his long-running Hardy and Glitsky series (The Oath, The Hearing), Lescroart weaves intense situations and corrupt politics into an intriguing tale of social conscience. The narrative grows emotionally resonant, as the protagonists must brave their own worst fears and doubts. The Second Chair is a fast-paced ride through the inner workings of courtrooms, police departments, and the justice system as a whole. In Lescroart's convincing, powerful voice, the novel unwinds into a gritty tale of moral outrage, tempered by heartbreaking human drama.