The Curtlees are a powerful force in San Francisco, unscrupulous billionaires who've lined every important pocket in the Bay Area in pursuit of their own ascent. So when the family's heir, Ro Curtlee, was convicted of rape and murder a decade ago, the fallout for those who helped to bring him to justice was swift and uncompromising. The jury foreman was fired from his job and blacklisted in his industry. The lead prosecutor was pushed off the fast track, her dreams of becoming district attorney dashed. And head homicide detective Abe Glitsky was reassigned to the police department's payroll office. Eventually, all three were able to rebuild their lives.
And then Ro Curtlee's lawyers won him a retrial, and he was released from jail.
Within twenty-four hours, a fire destroys the home of the original trial's star witness, her abused remains discovered in the ruins. When a second fire claims a participant in the case, Abe is convinced: Ro is out for revenge. But with no hard evidence and an on-the-take media eager to vilify anyone who challenges Ro, can Abe stop the violence before he finds himself in its crosshairs? How much more can he sacrifice to put Ro back behind bars?
©2010 John Lescroart (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"Falls far short"
I have read/listened to several of John Lescroat's books, primarily the ones featuring Disma Hardy and enjoyed them. But this latest book falls short. The characters, many of whom will be familiar to readers of his previous works, are at best caricatures in this book. There is very little character development and the plot is flimsy at best. Don't bother with this one. Instead go back and listen to some of his earlier works.
"His worst book...ever, save your money."
This is so padded with extraneous dialog contributing nothing to the plot, I'm giving up on it 3/4 quarters through. I usually like this reader, but this time he doesn't cut it, maybe cause the book is sooooo bad.
"Children's Voice Horror"
I was not doing too badly with this narration, until the "child's" voice. It's really awful- maybe because I don't have children I don't understand this terrible voice, but I have nieces and nephews, and this version of the cadence is painful. I can't listen to the second half- I'm such a fan of audiobooks too! Apologies...
I have started this one 3 or 4 times only to wake up in chapter 4 or 5 and shut off my iPad.
"Good story - unsatisfying ending"
This is another Lescroart with his trademark descriptions of San Francisco. This story centers around detective Abe Glitsky. Dismiss Hardy makes a few cameo appearances but doesn't really have much to do with the plot. There are also few courtroom scenes that have been the highlights of previous works.
Ro Curtless was previously convicted of rape and murder but was released on appeal due to facgtors not related to whether or not he did it. However, on his release, murders start to occur to people associated with Ro's first trial. Glitsky is charged with solving these murders and getting Ro back in jail.
The unsatisfying part of the story was that although there were 3 murders, only one of the murders was actually solved by the use of evidence and the catching of the criminal. The other 2 murders were never truly solved - although they were blamed on Ro. You can read the story to see if this assumption was right or not.
If you like Lescroart, you will certainly not want to miss it, but I miss Hardy and the court room scenes and the solutions to the murders was not completely satisfying - but maybe they never are...
"Excellent addition to top-rate series"
I've read nearly all the Dismiss Hardy series. Lescroart starts out strong and gets better. There is always an ironic edge, interesting political takes on San Francisco and an authentic portrait of the city by the bay. As his novels advance, the politics get more interesting and engaged. Abe Glitsky stars here and is always a favorite
In this novel, Abe Glitsky. The strength of the Dismiss Hardy series is the reperatory theater -- the recurrence of all the characters in their evolving relationships.
I've listened to three readers of Lescroart and Colacci is far and away the best. Robert Lawrence is acceptable, though he often puts the accent on the wrong word or syllable. Eric Dawe wrecked a good novel (The Hunter).
"still waiting for a story"
It was a best seller
Read talented authors, go back to school, learn how to write real dialogue.
When the 3 old asks how someone disappointed her father. All interactions with children were written like an Ozzie and Harriet script
Leave that to a high school professor
I will never again download a book after seeing several copies on a supermarket shelf with best seller signs. Definitely a Walmart read
"If you like the author and characters it's ok"
Ok, Bad John T is better than good by most other authors. If you like his stuff you won't be angry. that said, he gets a bit more liberal-preachy than usual. Usually, it's the characters. Now he's bleeding a bit on the page. And David Colacci is a fine reader except for one thing I believe I have mentioned in past reviews. And I hope this is not in the other Colacci book I just bought. I get taken COMPLETELY out of the story EVERY time he says EYEther instead of EEEither. 80 to 90% of English speaking humans and even parrots say EEEither in most situations. He says EYEther almost all the time. It's driving me nuts and I guess the producers should be blamed. Otherwise a good reader. RE the other review...there's not that much kid-talk.
"A talented writer with ingenious story lines"
I love John Lescroart's books because he has this awesome set of characters, and each of his books focuses on different ones. But all of the characters are friends, or part of each others's lives and always involved. So you learn a little but about all of them. This storyline was pretty good, not as good as some of his others. But, I still was very engaged all the way through. I'd definitely recommend.
"Quite enjoyable, actually"
I was a little surprised to read so many negative comments about the book. I must say I quite liked it.
The pace is fine. The suspense is fine. The plot is not brillliant, but, then, so few plots are. I thought the reader was good. The detective work was adequate. And I certainly am not sorry I paid to hear the story. I will probably listen to the story once again sometime.
It's not a Dismas Hardy book. I wonder if this could be the cause of disappointment.
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