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A Review of The Fall: A Novel by John Lescroart

The Fall: A Novel

by John Lescroart

John Lescroart knows how to manipulate your thoughts. He is telling a story, but is able to tell that story in such a way that you begin to have doubts, even before there should be any reason that you are thinking that way. There is just something that doesn’t sit right, so therefore you start looking for things that support your ideas. They keep showing up. What a great way to write a story.

This is probably my favorite book in the Hardy series. Maybe because this is Rebecca (The Beck) Hardy’s first case. It’s fun to watch her discover the problems and unexpected things that can happen when she is working on her first murder case. She is coming into her own and will probably be featured more prominently in future books in this series.

Even though this is a book from a well established series, it works well as a starting point since most of the book takes place from “The Beck’s” point of view. There are some references to previous books, but Mr. Lescroart doesn’t pummel you with events from prior books. There was nothing that you needed to know in order to fully understand this book.

I really enjoyed The Fall, and could hardly put it down. I give it 4 1/2 Stars out of 5, and A Big Thumbs Up! I look forward to reading more books in this series featuring Rebecca Hardy.

I received a Digital Review Copy of this book from the publisher.

Book Description

The FallFrom New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart, a riveting new novel of legal suspense featuring Dismas Hardy and his daughter, Rebecca, now grown up and an associate in Hardy’s law firm.

Late one night, a teenage African-American foster child named Tanya Morgan plummets to her death from the overpass above San Francisco’s Stockton tunnel. But did she fall…or was she pushed?

Rushing to produce a convictable suspect in the glare of the media spotlight, homicide inspectors focus their attention on a naïve young man named Greg Treadway. Greg is a middle school teacher and he volunteers as a Special Advocate for foster children. At first, the only thing connecting him to Tanya’s death is the fact that they shared a meal earlier that night. But soon enough, elements of that story seem to fall apart…and Hardy’s daughter, Rebecca, finds herself drawn into the young man’s defense.

By the time Greg’s murder trial gets underway, Dismas and Rebecca have unearthed several other theories about the crime: a missing stepfather who’d sexually assaulted her; a roommate who ran a call girl service; a psychologically unstable birth mother; and a mysterious homeless man who may have had dealings with Tanya. Or Greg Treadway himself, who is perhaps not all that he first appeared. But how will they get these theories in front of a jury? And if they can, what price will they have to pay?

With signature suspense and intricate plotting, The Fall puts Dismas Hardy and his only daughter in the middle of one of John Lescroart’s most complex and thrilling cases yet.

Book Details

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (May 5, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1476709211
ISBN-13: 978-1476709215
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces

About the Author

john_press1John Lescroart (/lɛsˈkwɑː/; born January 14, 1948) is a New York Times bestselling author known for his series of legal and crime thriller novels featuring the characters Dismas Hardy, Abe Glitsky and Wyatt Hunt. His novels have sold more than ten million copies, have been translated into twenty-two languages in more than seventy-five countries, and sixteen of his books have been on the New York Times bestseller list.

Lescroart was born in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Junípero Serra High School, San Mateo, California (Class of 1966). He earned a B.A. in English with Honors at UC Berkeley in 1970. In addition to more than twenty novels, Lescroart has written several screenplays. He appeared as a contestant on the game show Tic Tac Dough in 1979, as well as on Joker’s Wild, Blank Check and Headline Chasers. Under Crow Art Records, Lescroart has released several albums, including a CD of piano versions of his songs performed by Antonio Gala. He has for some time been writing and living in Davis, California.

He is an original founding member of the group International Thriller Writers.

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A Review of FaceOff, Edited by David Baldacci

FaceOff
Edited by David Baldacci

I was drawn to the concept of this book of short stories. The idea of bringing two characters from different authors’ series’ together intrigued me. It works fairly well. Some of the match-ups are perfect and you can even get the feel of both author’s styles in the writing. Many of the stories the two characters work well together, but the style feels more generic. But none of the stories were bad. I enjoyed the book, but it just didn’t meet my high expectations. I was ready to be blown away, and that didn’t happen. Most of the stories seemed too short to fully develop the whiz-bang, golly-gee, this-is-great feeling that I was hoping for.

I give this short story collection 4 Stars out of 5 and a Thumbs Up. If you like thrillers and short stories, I think you will enjoy reading this. You will like seeing some of your favorite characters working with someone who you know from a different series. You will have fun reading it, just like I did.

I received this Digital Review Copy for free from edelweiss.com.

Book Description
Release date: June 3, 2014

Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide!

In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters—such as Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme—in an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW). All of the contributors to FaceOff are ITW members and the stories feature these dynamic duos:

· Patrick Kenzie vs. Harry Bosch in “Red Eye,” by Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly
· John Rebus vs. Roy Grace in “In the Nick of Time,” by Ian Rankin and Peter James
· Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast in “Gaslighted,” by R.L. Stine, Douglas Preston, and Lincoln Child
· Malachai Samuels vs. D.D. Warren in “The Laughing Buddha,” by M.J. Rose and Lisa Gardner
· Paul Madriani vs. Alexandra Cooper in “Surfing the Panther,” by Steve Martini and Linda Fairstein
· Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport in “Rhymes With Prey,” by Jeffery Deaver and John Sandford
· Michael Quinn vs. Repairman Jack in “Infernal Night,” by Heather Graham and F. Paul Wilson
· Sean Reilly vs. Glen Garber in “Pit Stop,” by Raymond Khoury and Linwood Barclay
· Wyatt Hunt vs. Joe Trona in “Silent Hunt,” by John Lescroart and T. Jefferson Parker
· Cotton Malone vs. Gray Pierce in “The Devil’s Bones,” by Steve Berry and James Rollins
· Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller in “Good and Valuable Consideration,” by Lee Child and Joseph Finder

So sit back and prepare for a rollicking ride as your favorite characters go head-to-head with some worthy opponents in FaceOff—it’s a thrill-a-minute read.

Product Details

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 3, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1476762066
ISBN-13: 978-1476762067
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

About the International Thriller Writers

The International Thriller Writers is an honorary society of authors, both fiction and nonfiction, who write books broadly classified as “thrillers.” This would include (but isn’t limited to) such subjects as murder mystery, detective, suspense, horror, supernatural, action, espionage, true crime, war, adventure, and myriad similar subject areas.
ITW’s mission is “To bestow recognition and promote the thriller genre at an innovative and superior level for and through our Active members; to provide opportunities for mentoring, education and collegiality among thriller authors and industry professionals; and to grant awards for excellence in the thriller genre.” ITW By-laws: Article II, Purposes, Section 2.
One of the main purposes of the organization is to provide a way for successful, bestselling authors to help debut and midlist authors advance their careers. To that end, ITW has designed numerous, effective programs and events which promote debut and midlist writers and their work, sometimes in partnership with bestselling authors. In addition, ITW promotes literacy, gives money to worthy organizations, supports libraries, and advances the genre. Finally, it brings together almost a thousand writers, readers, publishers,  editors and agents at its annual conference, ThrillerFest, as well as at CraftFest, a writing workshop program, and PitchFest, where aspiring authors can meet and pitch top literary agents.

The book description is from Amazon.  FaceOff

A Review of The Keeper by John Lescroart

The Keeper by John LescroatThe Keeper (Dismas Hardy)
by John Lescroart

This is the fifteenth book in the Dismas Hardy series, but most of the story is told from the point of view of former homicide detective Abe Glitsky. He has been retired for about 6 months and Hardy hires him as an investigator. He was bored reading books and watching TV, so he was quite willing to go out and do something useful, even though he felt like a turncoat, working for the defense. Hardy gives him a lot of freedom. He just wants him to find out who killed his client’s wife. Glitsky is a veteran detective, so he knows what to do. Before too long the DA needs a new investigator, when one of his people is killed, so he hires Glitsky, still with the imperative to find out the truth.

This book is a fairly run of the mill Police Procedural. It works well as a stand alone story, and you don’t feel like you jumped into the middle of a series. Abe Glitsky is a fairly fleshed out character, and you get a feel that he could have a future as an investigator for the DAs office. He is the only character that gets to be filled out. The rest of the players are more two-dimensional bit characters, you probably know them if you have followed this series.

I enjoyed The Keeper, but wasn’t glued to the page. The story plodded along without too much happening other than Glitsky’s detective work and home life. There wasn’t too much tension, it felt more like a Police Procedural from the UK than an American Police Procedural.

I give this book 3 1/2 Stars out of 5. I liked Glitsky, but the plot could have used a few more twists and surprises.

I received this Digital Review Copy for free from edelweiss.com.

Book Description

Release date: May 6, 2014

From New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart, a riveting novel featuring Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky on the hunt for clues about a woman who has gone missing.

On the evening before Thanksgiving, Hal Chase, a guard in the San Francisco County Jail, drives to the airport to pick up his step-brother for the weekend. When they return, Hal’s wife, Katie, has disappeared without a clue.

By the time Dismas Hardy hears about this, Katie has been missing for five days. The case strikes close to home because Katie had been seeing Hardy’s wife, a marriage counselor. By this time, the original Missing Persons case has become a suspected homicide, and Hal is the prime suspect. And the lawyer he wants for his defense is none other than Hardy himself.

Hardy calls on his friend, former homicide detective Abe Glitsky, to look into the case. At first it seems like the police might have it right; the Chases’ marriage was fraught with problems; Hal’s alibi is suspect; the life insurance policy on Katie was huge. But Glitsky’s mission is to identify other possible suspects, and there proves to be no shortage of them: Patti Orosco—rich, beautiful, dangerous, and Hal’s former lover; the still unknown person who had a recent affair with Katie; even Hal’s own step-mother Ruth, resentful of Katie’s gatekeeping against her grandchildren. And as Glitsky probes further, he learns of an incident at the San Francisco jail, where Hal works—only one of many questionable inmate deaths that have taken place there. Then, when Katie’s body is found not three blocks from the Chase home, Homicide arrests Hal and he finds himself an inmate in the very jail where he used to work, a place full of secrets he knows all too well.

Against this backdrop of conspiracy and corruption, ambiguous motives and suspicious alibis, an obsessed Glitsky closes in on the elusive truth. As other deaths begin to pile up he realizes, perhaps too late, that the next victim might be himself.

Product Details

Series: Dismas Hardy Book 15
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (May 6, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1476709181
ISBN-13: 978-1476709185
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pound

About the Author

John Lescroart is the New York Times Bestselling author of twenty-four novels, including most recently THE OPHELIA CUT, available online and in bookstores now. He has written sixteen 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 Keeper (Dismas Hardy)