Famous for his series of bestselling legal thrillers starring San Francisco lawyer Dismas Hardy, John Lescroart has an interesting perspective on the serendipity surrounding his success. "It almost makes me say I believe in justice," he explains in our exclusive audio interview, "but, of course, I've written too many of these books to make that stand!" he admits with a chuckle.
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El Macero, California
Date of Birth:
January 14, 1948
Place of Birth:
B.A. in English with Honors, UC Berkeley, 1970
|What's in a Name?|
|"It’s Less-KWAH. Here’s a tip -- don’t have that name," Lescroart advices in our exclusive interview. "Get a pen name that people can pronounce and remember. Just this Saturday, I gave a talk at a well-attended writers’ conference. There were probably a hundred people in the room, and the talk went very well. Five minutes later, I was in the bathroom washing my hands and around the corner, I heard a guy tell another that he’d just heard the greatest talk by John le Carré. ‘You know, The Tailor of Panama and the Smiley books? Good stuff. I’m going to go buy all his books.’ ”|
|An Early Influence||Favorite Writers & Reads|
|The Alexandria Quartet (Boxed Set)|
Lescroart names Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet as a group of books that had a profound impact on his life as a writer. "They are profoundly 'literary,' and yet there is plenty of intrigue and suspense," he reflects. "Character development -- with dozens of main and hundreds of ancillary characters -- is the glue that holds the stories together."
"Without a doubt, the grandfather of all modern 'legal thrillers,' " Lescroart comments on Scott Turow's blockbuster bestseller. "I’ve read the book three times now and still am in some uncertainty as to who actually committed the crime." Read our interview to find out more about Lescroart's best-loved books, including: