The Rule of Law

The Rule of Law

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First Atria Books hardcover edition.
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In "master of the legal thriller" ( Chicago Sun-Times ) John Lescroart's electrifying new novel, attorney Dismas Hardy is called to defend the least likely suspect of his career: his longtime, trusted assistant who is suddenly being charged as an accessory to murder.

Dismas Hardy knows something is amiss with his trusted secretary, Phyllis. Her out-of-character behavior and sudden disappearances concern Hardy, especially when he learns that her convict brother--a man who had served twenty-five years in prison for armed robbery and attempted murder--has just been released.

Things take a shocking turn when Phyllis is suddenly arrested at work for allegedly being an accessory to the murder of Hector Valdez, a coyote who'd been smuggling women into this country from El Salvador and Mexico. That is, until recently, when he was shot to death--on the very same day that Phyllis first disappeared from work. The connection between Phyllis, her brother, and Hector's murder is not something Dismas can easily understand, but if his cherished colleague has any chance of going free, he needs to put all the pieces together--and fast.

Proving that he is truly "one of the best thriller writers to come down the pike" ( USA TODAY ), John Lescroart crafts yet another whip-smart, engrossing novel filled with shocking twists and turns that will keep you on your toes until the very last page.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2019.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501115738
1501115731
Branch Call Number: LES
Characteristics: 324 pages ;,24 cm.

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donnapell
Mar 12, 2019

There is a new D.A., Ron Jensen. (Kind of strikes me that Lescroart made him in the image of Asshat Trump.) Wes Farrell lost to him in the last election. There were kind of 2 different parts to this book. Phyllis, Dismas’ secretary, gets charged by the D.A. with accessory after the fact of murder. She had been involved in an “underground railroad” that got undocumented people out of San Francisco to other places either for safety or to get them, possibly, to Canada. One of them (Carla) supposedly shot/killed her ‘pimp’. Her brother, Adam, a no-goodnik, turned up in Phyllis’ life again, then asked her to get Carla away safely. However, it was actually Adam who had killed the pimp. He had then left the gun at Phyllis’ house where it was found by a police search which is why she was charged with accessory after the fact. The case was taken away from the two detectives who had originally charged Phyllis and rushed to court without even a grand jury. Dismas, of course, represented Phyllis. Dismas showed up Jensen at Phyllis’ first court appearance which really made him bound for revenge. The two detectives, when they heard more of the story, weren’t convinced that Carla HAD murdered her pimp, and set about proving that Adam (Phyllis’ brother) had done it. But as a result of Jensen being made to look incompetent by his rush to indict Carla (who then shot herself) and subsequently PHyllis, he was determined to get rid of thsoe involved. d So that story kind of got made the background to introduce the two detectives, especially Beth Tully. Three years ago, Jensen discovered that his wife, Kate, was having an affair with Peter (?) Ash. He shot and killed him. Kate, to protect her husband, then shot and killed Geoff (?) Cooke, made it look like suicide. She left casings from her husband’s gun with Cooke’s body, to make it look like Cooke had used that gun to kill Ash, then shot himself in remorse. Beth Tully was convinced all along that Jensen and Kate were murderes but could not prove it. Jensen, in his powerful role as D.A. wants to neutralize Tully and her partner from trying to get any evidence and sets an D.A. investigator to dig into the 10 years ago murder at the pier (where Hardy, Glitsky, Moses Maguire and Gina Roarke had a shootout and killed some bad guys and made a pact that they would never talk about it). He suspects they were somehoe involved. The investigator does made some inroads...BUT.... Jensen’s wife discovers that he is having an affair with his secretary, shoots him and kills herself and leaves a letter for Beth Tully, confessing her and her husband’s guilt. That, of course, kills any other investigations, especially as the police chief is booted out, and the new one doesn’t take the investigator’s ‘evidence’ seriously.

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Feb 23, 2019

Love Dismas and the gang. Never a disappointment.

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USAF1969
Feb 19, 2019

John Lescroart's RULE OF LAW with Dismas Hardy is another great read. The book has several subplots working at once: sanctuary cities; 2) a couple (not so) cold cases with vulnerabilities for Hardy & company; and a narcissistic new District Attorney who thinks the rules of law don't apply to him. Once again a thriller writer steps up and weaves a plot that addresses current issues we face as a country. Enjoy.

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cnsreader
Feb 10, 2019

It’s been a while since I’ve picked up a Lescroart, but it was easy falling back in with the world of Dismas Hardy! Been reading these since #1 and this is #18!

This one brought closure to a few incidents from previous stories involving Hardy, Glitsky, Roake and Farrell. It’s a fun and real page turner, if you’re a fan you won’t be disappointed.

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