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The hearing
Lescroart, John T.
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New York : Dutton, 2001.
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451 pages ; 24 cm
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Author Notes

John Lescroart was born in Houston, Texas on January 14, 1948. He started writing as a student at the University of California-Berkeley, where he majored in English. Following college and a job with a telephone company, he traveled around Europe, singing folk and country-rock music.

He won the 1978 Joseph Henry Jackson best novel award for under-35 California writers with the autobiographical novel Sunburn. While helping his wife raise their two children and working in legal, bartending, musician, and social service positions, he still found the time to write numerous novels. His novels include the Dismas Hardy Series, Son of Holmes, Rasputin's Revenge, A Certain Justice, Guilt, The Hunt Club, The Suspect, Sunburn, Treasure Hunt, Damage, and The Hunter. He made The New York Times Best Seller List iwith his title's The Ophelia Cut,The Keeper and The Fall.

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Booklist Review

San Francisco detective Abe Glitsky gets a midnight call to investigate a murder that dredges up a secret from his past; it will also test his professionalism and his emotional and physical stamina. The victim is Elaine Wager, a prominent black attorney and community leader, a young woman Glitsky has only recently discovered is his daughter, a fact still unknown to everyone else, including his friends and family. Overcome by remorse and regret, Glitsky crosses the line in the investigation, denying immediate medical attention to the suspect, a drug addict named Cole Burgess. Simmering with vengeance, Glitsky gives the green light to his detectives to sweat a confession out of Burgess and ends up nearly jeopardizing the case. Glitsky's friend, Dismas Hardy, is reluctantly pulled into the case to defend Burgess from the overzealous efforts of an ambitious D.A., Sharron Pratt, who is pushing for the death penalty and hoping to revive her sinking career. The suspect is an irredeemable addict, unable to recall the events of the murder, but Hardy and Glitsky team up to vigorously investigate the apparently open-and-shut case. Glitsky is driven to redeem himself as a father, and Hardy is motivated by respect for the principles of law and justice. Their investigation unravels the unsavory secrets of Elaine's life, political corruption, and crooked legal maneuvering that threaten to wreck the careers of prominent figures in the San Francisco legal community. This is a riveting legal thriller with engaging characters, tense courtroom drama, and legal skulduggery from the author of The 13th Juror (1994) and The Mercy Rule (1998). --Vanessa Bush

Publisher's Weekly Review

Another satisfying, character-driven legal thriller will be happily embraced by new and longtime fans of master plot-weaver Lescroart (The 13th Juror; etc.). Former San Francisco cop and current defense attorney Dismas Hardy's latest assignment pits him against his rival, D.A. Sharron Pratt, whose popularity in the polls is slipping. Although averse to murder cases, Hardy tries to help an acquaintance by defending heroin addict Cole Burgess, who is accused of murdering Assistant D.A. Elaine Wager, the popular daughter of a deceased female senator. What Hardy doesn't know (nor does anyone else) is that Wager's father is Hardy's best friend, Lt. Abe Glitsky of SFPD homicide. Abe overreacts by sweating Dismas's client into a coerced confession; under media pressure for her New Age approach to criminal justice, Pratt arms for re-election by calling for the death penalty, handling the grand jury hearing along with her chief assistant and sometime lover, Gabriel Torrey. Meanwhile, Dismas's mentor, brilliant defense attorney David Freeman, chances across evidence that may link a city official to Dash Logan, an ambulance-chasing lawyer known for his scams. Abe, suspended for leaking Cole's confession, begins to doubt Coles's guilt and decides to take on the D.A. in order to track down the real killer. Lescroart brilliantly sets scenes in the hearing phase that allow credible leeway for courtroom pyrotechnics later on. The richness and diversity of the large cast neither slows the pace nor confuses the narrative, as even minor characters take on memorable presence and depth. Readers will savor the mounting tension and the many twists and turns along the way to the surprise ending. (Apr. 23) Forecast: A vigorous, six-month marketing blitz, kicked off with the release of a teaser chapter in Lescroart's Nothing But the Truth in February, should help make his latest another bestseller. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A rising young lawyer is murdered, and the D.A. is out for blood. Dismas Hardy (Nothing but the Truth) must protect an unlikely suspect. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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