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Title:
The first law
Author:
Lescroart, John T.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dutton, 2003.
Physical Description:
403 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780525947059
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Summary

A New York Times Bestseller Recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound, Lieutenant Abe Glitsky is back at the San Francisco Police Department. But instead of his old job as chief of homicide, he's assigned to a desk job in payroll. He has no business investigating murders -- until his father's closest friend is shot dead in a pawnshop. Prodded by his father, Abe inquires about the case. The brass tells him to stay out of it. They've already targeted their prime suspect: John Holiday, proprietor of a run-down local bar, and a friend and client of Dismas Hardy. But while Dismas Hardy built a solid legal practice and a happy family, Holiday didn't follow the same path. Still, Hardy finds ample reason to question Holiday's guilt.


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.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The popular lawyer-cop team of Dismas "Diz" Hardy (lawyer) and Abe Glitzky (cop) returns for another episode of legal maneuvering on the streets of San Francisco. The bullet wound sustained by Abe in Lescroart's last adventure (The Oath, 2002) confines him to a desk job, so he's no help to Diz when he goes up against the Patrol Special, a private-enterprise neighborhood security system supervised by the SFPD. It seems that Diz's good friend, John Holiday, a bar owner in one of the patrolled areas, is fingered as a murder suspect; however, John contends the corrupt beat "cops" framed him. But no one buys into the conspiracy theory, and with an ambitious D.A. on his tail, John has no choice but to become a fugitive, dragging Diz and Abe into hiding with him. So Diz, who up to now has had a pretty clean slate (his relationship to the less straight-and-narrow John notwithstanding), is seen as corrupt, and Abe, who has no business doing anything coplike on the street, is thought to be on the wrong side of the law. Lescroart's expert crafting turns this legal thriller into quite a wild ride. As always, expect demand. --Mary Frances Wilkens


Publisher's Weekly Review

Abe Glitsky, the gruff, hard-nosed homicide cop from San Francisco who typically plays a supporting role in Lescroart's line of legal thrillers (Hard Evidence; The Hearing; etc.), takes center stage in the series's 11th entry. After convalescing for 13 months from a gunshot wound suffered in last year's The Oath, Glitsky finally returns to the force, only to discover that his beloved homicide detail is now under the command of someone else. Glitsky is assigned to head the payroll department. Embittered about his new job and itching to return to real police work, Glitsky starts poking around when one of his father's friends, a pawnshop owner, is shot to death. His superiors warn him to stop trying to horn his way back into homicide, but it soon becomes apparent to Glitsky-and the series's usual star, defense attorney Dismas Hardy-that the case is far more significant than a simple robbery gone bad; it's part of a string of murders that appear to be connected to a private security company that provides protection for much of the city's business community. Worse, somebody on the police force is trying to cover up the murder spree and frame one of Hardy's clients for it. With his latest, Lescroart again lands in the top tier of crime fiction. On display are his usual strengths-a grasp of current social and legal issues, an insider's knowledge of San Francisco and an ability to draw characters with sensitive, nuanced strokes. Even when his plots grow a little far-fetched-as this one does toward the end-Lescroart's storytelling skills conceal the blemishes. Agent, Barney Karpfinger. (Jan. 27) Forecast: A major marketing campaign and author tour should help Lescroart make the usual splash with his latest, a Literary Guild main selection. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

When his father's best friend is murdered, Lt. Abe Glitsky starts investigating, even though he is on desk duty after sustaining a near-fatal injury. Soon, he's joined by Lescroart stalwart Dismas Hardy, whose pal John Holiday is a prime-and most unlikely-suspect. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.