The Fall (Dismas Hardy Series #16)

The Fall (Dismas Hardy Series #16)

by John Lescroart

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The Fall (Dismas Hardy Series #16) by John Lescroart

A “courtroom thriller extraordinaire” (Providence Journal) from “master craftsman” (Associated Press) John Lescroart puts Dismas Hardy and his daughter in the middle of an uncertain murder case where winning the trial could mean losing everything.

On a cool night in May, a teenage foster child named Anlya Paulson plummets to her death from a San Francisco overpass. But did she fall…or was she pushed?

Homicide inspectors focus their attention on a likeable but naïve middle school teacher and volunteer foster care advocate. At first, his only connection to Anlya’s death is the meal they shared earlier that night. But soon his story falls apart, and Rebecca Hardy, now an associate at her father’s law firm, is drawn into his defense.

As the case rushes toward trial, Dismas and Rebecca battle an aggressive prosecutor, a disinterested police force, and their own client, who isn’t faring well in jail. When a dying woman’s last words cast a surprising new light on the evidence and problems develop with a key witness, the father-daughter duo begins to glimpse the intricate web that connects the young victim to the city’s complex political and judicial machine. Proving their case in court, however, will be harder, as Rebecca comes to realize that a trial doesn’t always end with the truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476709222
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Series: Dismas Hardy Series , #16
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 302,685
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John Lescroart is the author of over twenty-eight novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ophelia Cut, The Keeper, The Fall, and Fatal. His books have sold more than ten-million copies and have been translated into twenty-two languages. He lives in Northern California.

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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The Fall

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THE BODY FELL straight out of the sky.

Those were the words in her original statement, and that was exactly how it had appeared to Robyn Owen. No foreshadowing, no warning. She had just turned right out of the Sutter-Stockton garage and was about to enter the tunnel when all at once the body fell out of the sky and landed on the hood of her brand-new Subaru. The head bounced against the windshield, shattering the safety glass into a spiderweb. Robyn had slammed on her brakes as she screamed. She’d been going fast enough to send the body flying, rag doll–fashion, what seemed an impossibly long distance in front of her.

The time was exactly 11:03 P.M. on her dashboard clock. She was leaving the parking garage after a nice dinner at Campton Place—and no, she was not drunk!, as she’d told the police officers about a hundred times, blowing into a breathalyzer twice to prove it.

Before turning, she had checked to her left for oncoming traffic in her lane and noted the car about a block down, coming toward her. This turned out to be the BMW that had tried to stop after Robyn had slammed on her own brakes, but still plowed into her after the impact. Robyn hadn’t been speeding. The Beemer had not been speeding, either: It hadn’t forced her to super-accelerate out into her lane; it was a normal safe distance from her when she had turned. Robyn did not lay rubber coming out of the garage. She couldn’t have stopped or slowed to keep from hitting the woman, because she never saw her, never had even a hint of her existence, until she landed on the Subaru’s hood. There hadn’t been anything she could have done that would have led to a different outcome.

And who was going to pay for the repair to her car? Did insurance cover bodies that fell out of the sky? She suspected it did not.

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The Fall: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
PowerMacMan More than 1 year ago
John Lescroart knows how to manipulate your thoughts. He is telling a story, but is able to tell that story in such a way that you begin to have doubts, even before there should be any reason that you are thinking that way. There is just something that doesn’t sit right, so therefore you start looking for things that support your ideas. They keep showing up. What a great way to write a story. This is probably my favorite book in the Hardy series. Maybe because this is Rebecca (The Beck) Hardy’s first case. It’s fun to watch her discover the problems and unexpected things that can happen when she is working on her first murder case. She is coming into her own and will probably be featured more prominently in future books in this series. Even though this is a book from a well established series, it works well as a starting point since most of the book takes place from “The Beck’s” point of view. There are some references to previous books, but Mr. Lescroart doesn’t pummel you with events from prior books. There was nothing that you needed to know in order to fully understand this book. I really enjoyed The Fall, and could hardly put it down. I give it 4 1/2 Stars out of 5, and A Big Thumbs Up! I look forward to reading more books in this series featuring Rebecca Hardy. I received a Digital Review Copy of this book from the publisher.
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review The Fall: A Novel by John Lescroart is a book that you have to be sure that you have your seatbelt on because you are going on a ride of your life. It is a real page turner with lots of twists and turns. If you enjoy reading action packed,  thrillers, mysteries and suspense then this book is for you. I loved reading it and I highly recommend this book to  everyone. I look for many more great books from John Lescroart.
Lucie More than 1 year ago
Dismas and daughter are the best! We're on a roll now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr Lescroart never let's the reader down, his books take hold and do not let go till the very last page. I have read everyone of this authors novels and never once regretted the $$ spent. This is must read!! Please keep em coming!
R-D More than 1 year ago
I am a BIG fan of John Lescroart. His novels are interesting and keep you reading to find out what happens next. Probably read about nine of his books so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John Lescroart has done it again. This book has insightful details regarding Public Defenders, District Attorney's, Child Advocay. The characters are so well developed. The dialogue is so intelligent and realistic. There are twists at the end that I never saw coming. You must read this book!
SuseNJ More than 1 year ago
Good plot, characters, etc. Suspenseful, intelligent.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
I have read most of the books in the Dismas Hardy series and have loved them all. The taunt storyline continues with The Fall - the case of the death of a black girl who fell to her death. The DA and police are under intense pressure to solve the murder and make an arrest quickly. This leads Greg right into their cross hairs. Before Greg knows what's happening, he's the defendant in a high profile murder trial. Dismas's daughter Rebecca "The Beck", finds herself representing him in her first homicide trial. She quickly proves herself to be a formidable attorney, but is Greg innocent or guilty? This is a very engaging book that kept me hooked from the first page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many of the D Hardy books, and this is just as excellent as all the others. Great job, exciting and well written. Enjoy everyone! Kat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good
bmamca36 More than 1 year ago
Team Hardy is amazing.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
John Lescroart has written 25 previous novels, many of them with superb courtroom drama featuring Dismas Hardy. This novel, however, highlights the introduction of his daughter, Becky, just two years out of law school, as the lead attorney in an unusual murder trial which ordinarily would test the talents of the equivalent of an F. Lee Bailey. The atmosphere in San Francisco where the novel takes place is charged with public and political outcry after the trials of a series perpetrators of criminal acts against black victims do not result in convictions or, even worse, not even an arrest, much less even finding a suspect. So, when a 17-year-old black female is murdered, the police and DA rush to find a viable suspect and bring him to trial. A chance meeting between Becky and Greg Treadway, later charged with the murder, leads to her representing him as his attorney. Give “the Beck” (her nickname) credit for showing a great deal of legal expertise and just plain acumen far beyond what one would expect from a neophyte attorney in a maiden trial, one for murder no less. But then, she’s the offspring of Dismas Hardy. Needless to say, the trial takes on a life of its own, giving the author the opportunity to exhibit some arcane legal principles. More important, Mr. Lescroart once again demonstrates his ability to twist and turn the tables on the reader in a most unexpected way. Although the book is interesting as a whole, it is especially recommended just for the unusual ending.
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heyjudeJM More than 1 year ago
This series is the best!
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Will get the next book.
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