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.
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.
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (May 5, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
About the Author
John 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.