When San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy gets a call saying his wife never picked the kids up from school, he's worried. Frannie's a great mother. Turns out there's a good explanation: She's in jail.
Unbeknownst to her husband, Frannie has just appeared before a grand jury - and refused to share a crucial piece of information about her friend Ron, who's accused of killing his wife. Now it's up to Dismas to race the clock and find a culprit, all the while wondering: Why would his wife go to jail to protect another man? Who really killed Bree Beaumont - and why? He's looking for the truth. But he's not quite sure he wants to find it....
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Having read, or listened to all of Lescroat's books, I was really excited to see a new one appear on Audiobooks. What I didn't realize was that it was a 2001 book just now recorded in '09. David Colacci is a great reader, so I was very excited to order it.
I tried to finish it, but it got so bogged down in pollution and evil industrialists. Aside from the plot not being of great interest, the actions of "Frannie" were overblown and tiresome. The other characters were very stylized...the arrogant and unreasonable judge; the nasty lawyers etc.
I skipped here and there and finally got to the end to see "who done it" but I did not enjoy the book. All I can say is thank goodness he got better through the years!
"A thoroughly convoluted mystery."
This was a 4.95 special purchase that I almost found enjoyable despite being confused. Granted listening to books encourages us to multitask. This makes it understandable to lose one's way. Nevertheless the narrator should be the equalizer, bringing distinctions of characters and helping the author create suspense.
I hate to be so negative, so ill just say that in the end, I didn't care what happened, not about the mystery, the characters, relationships, justice, none of it.
The book opens with a belligerent housewife refusing to testify to a grand jury. She's protecting a friend who has a remarkably complicated secret life that will be exposed if he is indicted in the unrelated murder of his wife. There's devious big oil, single minded political hacks, a candidate for governor, an overzealous D.A., a spiteful judge, broken marriages, murder, kidnapping, child pornography, embezzlement... Just exhausting.
So it's a 2 star listen, with the caveat I did actually finish the story.
"Lescroart is a romantic."
Having listened to all of John Lescroart's novels at least once, I just recently have come to recognize his romantic nature. While he always writes intelligent, intriguing, intricate stories about police work and legal puzzles, they also always contain a sub-plot involving love and family. In the case of "Nothing but the Truth," our hero, Dismus Hardy, has to go to great lengths -- breaking some of his own ethical rules along the way -- to rescue his wife from unjust incarceration. The effort brings him to understand the importance of his marriage and kids in his life. So, Lescroart, I have your number now: You are just an old softie. Fans of hard-boiled noir might not like the careful unfolding of Lescroart's plots, where the characters' softer emotions come into play; but, if you have the patience to immerse yourself an alternate reality for a while, where events move and collide at unpredictable paces, then I would recommend "Nothing but the Truth" to you. As always, David Colacci delivers a masterful reading, adding color and verisimilitude to the story.
"Legal thriller and a mystery,"
Lies and more Lies.
Yes. Right when I thought I figured it out another hiccup. Great plot.
Laugh and cry. A little of both. I guess more laugh and sad. Not tearful.
Another great addition to the series.
This is typically the kind of books I like, but this time I just could not buy into the characters behavior. The main characters constantly are doing things that make you think, "they would never do that in real life". I know it's fiction, but I feel in every story you have to buy into the reality of the book, be it time travel, wizards or lawyers. In this book the actions just does not match what a normal person (what these people are suppose to be) would do.
The reader was excellent as always and I did finish the book. Some of the other reviews state this is one of the weaker books in the series, so I am going to give another one a try and hope for better results!
"Not the best from author"
the main theme of marital difficulties revolved around 4 main characters. There was too much focus and content on marital issues. The pacing was also slow, IMO. Franny Hardy was in jail for 4 days which made this a somewhat depressing listen.
Colacci is excellent.
franny should have been released on day 2, and the other sub plots could have been better developed, esp the killers in this story.
"My personal favorite...so far"
I started the Dismas Hardy books thinking I'd try the first one & give it a chance. That locked me in to the stories of the characters surrounding our hero & I'm now finished with the 6th book in the series. Nothing But The Truth may be my favorite to date & Lescroart - in addition to building great characters and storylines- does something with "jeopardy" so well that fails lesser writers. He makes these stories believable (mostly) & creates situations, such as the discord in this book between Dismas & Frannie that created a very real sense of distress (for me anyway). When an author makes you care like that, they're doing something well. Ready for #7.
"I'm Not Disappointed"
I've made one mistake with Lescroart's books and that is not read them in the order written. I usually do research to do that regardless of when they were made into audio books. I did not in this case. Thus, sometimes his kids are 3 or 4 and sometimes gone from the nest. Or a character dead in one book and alive in another. I like character detail so you begin to know the ins and outs of the main characters. My favorite books are about 20 hours plus in this genre. Can't find too many of those but Lescroart is good and I normally don't like courtroom drama but his are exceptional. I will read every damn one of them before all is said and done and then read them again a couple of years down the road. Each of us have our own taste but I hate it when people write review and try to make themselves some sort of professional book critic. None of us are pros or we would be making a living at it. These are excellent books and yes........some we like better than others. I'm not going to tell you about the story except that I liked it a lot and yes........I do like books with modern day forensic techniques and I like them a lot but it's still a darn good book.
"Best in the series"
This is the third Lescroart book I have listened to and it is by far the best. As usual, if you are a fan of and know San Francisco, you will feel that you are in different parts of the city during the story. It makes me wants to go back for a visit. The story itself requires some suspension of common sense as it based on the premise that the police would tolerate a group of private citizens who put up their own reward money for clues leading to the solving of a murder. This group also gets information directly and decides what it wants to pass on to the police. After that, the amateurs advance the case where the police can't...that aside, the story is interestingly told, although it is one of the stories that you can't really solve on your own before the ending because of unknown (to the reader) information. If you are old enough to remember, it has the feel of an old Agatha Christie/Poirot story at the end.
If you like San Francisco and a mystery solved without high tech forensics you will like this story
"Great enterainmen for lovers of Courtroom banter!!"
This was my first John Lescroat (Dismas Hardy) drama and it has triggered a desire to read others. I am hoping they are just as interesting and worthwhile.
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