The Vig (Dismas Hardy Series #2)

The Vig (Dismas Hardy Series #2)

by John Lescroart

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451219152
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2006
Series: Dismas Hardy Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 91,320
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

John Lescroart is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels including the Dismas Hardy series. He lives in Northern California.


El Macero, California

Date of Birth:

January 14, 1948

Place of Birth:

Houston, Texas


B.A. in English with Honors, UC Berkeley, 1970

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At 2:15 on a Wednesday afternoon in late September, Dismas Hardy sat on the customer side of the bar at the Little Shamrock and worked the corners of his dart flights with a very fine emery board.  A pint of Guinness, pulled a quarter of an hour ago, had lost its head and rested untouched in the bar's gutter.  Hardy whistled tonelessly, as happy as he'd been in ten years.

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“THE PLOT TWISTS AND TURNS...Hardy is one of the more real and engaging characters in...crime solving.”—Los Angeles Times

Publishers Weekly

“[Lescroart has a] sensitive touch with psychologically complex characters...a tense, tough, page-turning plot.”—Playboy

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Vig 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just discovered John Lescroart, and I love his writing style. He develops characters with depth and emotion...Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky, his counterpart, were wonderful characters! The novel is interesting, well- written, and humorous. I loved the way it all came together at the ending. A great read!
JRFL More than 1 year ago
A goodbook to pass the time with. Lescoart provides rich, textured dialogue, charecters with a lot of back story and the dense atmosphere that goes along with a story that has a lt going o just below the surface. J.R. Locke, Author of PossibleTwenty, a Gangster Tale & Down and Out in Manhattan, a New York Tale
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first with this author and now I'm hooked. John Lescroart is now added to my favorite authors. Great read!!
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
This is my first Dismas Hardy/Lescroart book and it offers a promising start to the Hardy series. There are a number of characters and intertwining stories throughout the novel. Cleverly written and laid out, with deep characters, this is not your typical "whodunnit." The plot is solid, though I can see where some reviewers hinted that there is almost too much going on in the book. I think, however, that this all likely lays the groundwork for the development of Hardy and others in the subsequent books. I'm looking forward to continuing with the series and seeing where Lescroart takes his characters.
bohemiangirl35 on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Not much mystery. Saw the ending a mile away. However, David Colacci does an excellent job with narration and knowing that the series gets better, it was easy to forgive the simplistic formula for this novel. Dismas and Abe Glitsky both grow as personalities because I love them in The Motive, which was my first Dismas Hardy novel. Dismas has a more stable homelife and Colacci does a better job with Abe's voice in future books as well.
jenforbus on LibraryThing 21 days ago
In the second book of the Dismas Hardy series by John Lescroart, Dismas is visited by Rusty Ingraham, an old colleague from the District Attorney's office. It seems Louis Baker, a defendent that swore he'd kill both Rusty and Dismas when he was released is preparing to be released. Rusty fears this con will actually come after them, so he asks Dismas to set up a check system. Dismas calls Rusty each morning at 10a.m. and Rusty calls Dismas each night at 10p.m. If either one doesn't call or isn't available when the call comes, the other goes looking for him...or gets the heck outta Dodge! The very first night of Baker's release Rusty doesn't call, and Dismas finds Rusty's house boat to be the scene of a murder. Dismas is determined to make sure that Baker is nailed for the murder, so he's on the case. But when it starts to look like Baker ISN'T the murderer, Dismas has to figure out who really IS guilty. I listened to this novel on audio, and I have to say I really enjoy this reader, David Colacci. He also read the DEAD IRISH audiobook. He does a great job of creating distinct voices for the characters, the females a little less so than the males. He also doesn't get overly dramatic. Too much drama starts to make everything seem more unbelievable, sometimes even silly. Colacci does a great job of avoiding that pitfall.There wasn't much mystery to this plot - I believe Lescroart intended it that way. The focus was supposed to be on the process and the insight into Hardy's psyche. It was a slower moving story line as well. I felt that there was too much extra stuff that wasn't really important to the main plot idea, which was sort of the point, that all these coincidences tied in at just the right time to make the investigation more complicated than it had to be. However, for me that seemed to make the plot loose and all over the place. There seems to be a rather unimportant subplot that deals with Baker's neighborhood. Lescroart makes a connection through Baker, but it definitely could have been left out and not had much effect overall. There's also a subplot about the soon-to-be ex-husband of the murdered woman. Lescroart added a lot more detail about him than was actually necessary in my opinion. There's also a subplot with Hardy and Frannie, Hardy's business partner's sister. That didn't play into the main plot at all. And I was trying to decide why it was not sitting right with me, besides the fact that it really doesn't affect the main plot. I guess the reason is because he only JUST got back together with his ex-wife Jane at the end of the last novel, which is only supposed to take place a few months before this one. And they seemed to be rather serious about getting back together then poof it's over already, and he's completely in love with Frannie. Hardy also commits the big no-no for me when it comes to the "girlfriend." He thinks he prefers Frannie over Jane not because he doesn't LOVE Jane (he thinks he loves both women), but because Frannie NEEDS him. (Insert very dramatic eye roll here.) That whole thing was a little too soap opera-y for me.And I do still like Hardy as a series character despite that faux pas. I had to chuckle at a few of the dated details in the book. For example, Abe, Hardy's police detective friend, has a son named O.J. Hardy has his share of good one-liners, that always adds to a crime fiction novel. So, I'm not ready to hang up this series yet.
lindasbooks on LibraryThing 21 days ago
While I have read a couple of Lescroart's later books, and really enjoyed, this book in the Dismas Hardy series left me flat.It just didn't have that oomph that I was looking for. I think this book centered more on the characters and what they were going through more than the actual murder that happened, which by the way was very predictable. The book was just kinda flat to me and dragged along.
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Clever plotting, interesting characters, great local color.
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