The Ophelia Cut
By John Lescroart
Atria Books: May 7, 2013
I’m not real sure what to say about this book. The story is interesting and I really wanted to like it, but it seems like Mr. Lescroart lost his way. The conclusion is not very satisfying. I had an idea of where the story was headed but then a few things happened that mixed it all up. They weren’t the plot twists that you expect and look forward to in the normal mystery novel. It was more that the author didn’t know what to do with his story, so he came up with a bunch of off the wall ideas, threw them into a hat and picked out a few and called it the conclusion of his book.
I give this book 2 Stars out of 5 because even though it was well written, and some of the characters felt fleshed out, the ending was disturbing, hollow, and didn’t really tie up all the loose ends. I didn’t feel that this was the “cliff hanger” ending of a continuing series, so I’m really not sure why you are left out to dry.
I received this book for free from NetGalley.com.
Release date: May 7, 2013 | Series: Dismas Hardy
WHEN A BRUTAL RAPIST IS MURDERED, A LOVING FATHER STANDS ACCUSED OF THE CRIME. DEFENSE ATTORNEY DISMAS HARDY MUST DEFEND HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW AND OLD FRIEND MOSES McGUIRE IN A THRILLING CASE THAT HITS FAR TOO CLOSE TO HOME.
Moses McGuire has good reason to be concerned about his beautiful twenty-three-year-old daughter, Brittany. She moves quickly from one boyfriend to the next, and always seems to prefer a new and mysterious stranger to a man she knows something about. But her most recent ex, Rick Jessup, isn’t willing to let her go, culminating in a terrible night when Brittany is raped.
Within twenty-four hours, Rick Jessup is dead, Moses McGuire is the prime suspect in the investigation, and Dismas Hardy has been hired to defend his brother-in-law. Making things even more complicated, McGuire has fallen off the wagon, and his stay in prison could bring to light old secrets that would destroy Hardy and his closest colleagues’ careers.
As the overwhelming evidence against McGuire piles up, Dismas Hardy focuses on planting doubt in the minds of the jurors—until, in a feat of legal ingenuity that is staggering in both its implications and its simplicity, Hardy sees a new way forward that might just save them all. But at what price?
For the first time since 2009, Dismas Hardy, the author’s most beloved protagonist, returns in a masterful novel that showcases Lescroart’s extraordinary story-telling gifts: a cast of flesh-and-blood characters, morally complex situations, and relentless, nail-biting suspense.
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition edition (May 7, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
About the Author
John Lescroart is the New York Times Bestselling author of twenty-three novels, including most recently THE HUNTER, available online and in bookstores now. He has written fifteen novels in the San Francisco based Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky series. Libraries Unlimited has included him in its publication “The 100 Most Popular Thriller and Suspense Authors,” his books have been translated into twenty languages in more than seventy-five countries, and his short stories appear in many anthologies.
John’s blog at JohnLescroart.com is updated regularly with writing tips, insights on his books, recipes, recommendations, book give-aways, and more!
The book description is from Amazon. The Ophelia Cut: A Novel