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John Lescroart - Author

About the Author

John Lescroart is the author of twenty-four previous novels (sixteen New York Times bestsellers), including The 13th Juror, Damage, The Hunter, and The Ophelia Cut. His books have sold more than 10 million copies and have been translated into twenty-two languages in seventy-five countries. He lives in Northern California.

Featured books by John Lescroart

The Keeper

The Keeper

Author: John Lescroart Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/05/2014

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Other books by John Lescroart

Dismas Hardy Omnibus

Dismas Hardy Omnibus

Author: John Lescroart Format: eBook Release Date: 05/07/2012

A collection of three Dismas Hardy classics by master storyteller John Lescroart, in what has been described by Lee Child as 'Today's best legal series'. Perfect for fans of John Grisham and William J. Coughlin. The First Law:An elderly shop owner is found dead. Glitsky is hitting brick walls as he tries to get help from homicide, while Hardy finds himself defending a friend who's been accused of the death. Blocked at every turn, Hardy and Glitsky are forced to protect themselves, as well as their nearest and dearest, as they step into a world where the only law is survival...The Second Chair: Hardy has a high-profile and challenging case: a seventeen-year-old arrested for the double slaying of his girlfriend and his teacher. With little belief in his client's innocence, and even less in the legal system, Hardy has to conquer his own demons if he is to clear his client...and save himself.The Motive: Glitsky is thrust into a controversial double homicide investigation. Convinced the officer has the wrong suspect - Hardy's old girlfriend - he breaks ranks to continue his own investigation. And so begins a search that reveals a trail of deception that leads beyond San Francisco, where exposing secrets can be the most deadly offence...What readers are saying about the Dismas Hardy series:'The storylines are always strong and each book is satisfying on every level''If you like courtroom drama and legal thrillers, this series never disappoints''The more we get to know Dismas Hardy and the other characters of John Lescroart's San Francisco, the more we appreciate them as well-drawn, three-dimensional characters'

The Hunt Club (Wyatt Hunt, book 1) A gripping and breath-taking murder mystery

The Hunt Club (Wyatt Hunt, book 1) A gripping and breath-taking murder mystery

Author: John Lescroart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2012

A federal judge is murdered, found shot in his home together with the body of his mistress. To homicide inspector Devin Juhle, it looks like a case of a wife's jealousy and rage. But the judge had some powerful enemies... Meanwhile, Private Investigator Wyatt Hunt finds himself smitten with the beautiful and enigmatic Andrea Parisi, a celebrity television lawyer. But Andrea, too, had a connection to the judge, along with a client that had everything to gain from the judge's death. And then she suddenly disappears. . . . Andrea becomes Juhle's prime suspect. Wyatt Hunt thinks she may be a kidnap victim, or worse, another murder victim. And far more than that, she's someone with whom he believes he may have a future. As the search for Andrea intensifies, Hunt gathers a loose band of friends and associates willing to bend and even break the rules, leading to a chilling confrontation from which none of them might escape.

First Law (Dismas Hardy series, book 9)

First Law (Dismas Hardy series, book 9)

Author: John Lescroart Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2012

The first law. The last resort. Forsaken by the law, Hardy, Glitsky and even their families are caught in the crossfire, under direct threat. The First Law is the ninth book in John Lescroart's Dismas Hardy series; perfect for fans of John Sandford and Michael Lister. 'Lescroart's expert crafting turns this legal thriller into quite a wild ride' - BooklistPatrol Specials, a private police force that keeps watch for paying clients, date back to the wilder days of San Francisco's past. Unfortunately, Sam Silverman, an elderly shop owner, could no longer afford Patrol Special protection, and now he may have paid with his life. But Lt. Abe Glitsky, stuck in a paper-pushing job after being injured on duty, is hitting brick walls as he tries to get help from homicide. And his friend, Dismas Hardy, putting together a high-stakes lawsuit against the Patrol Specials, suddenly finds himself defending a friend and local bar owner who's been accused of Silverman's death. Now, blocked at every turn, both Hardy and Glitsky may be forced to protect not only themselves, but their nearest and dearest - as they step cautiously into a world where the only law is survival...What readers are saying about The First Law:'The First Law takes our relationship with the characters to a new level''Gripping, tense and shocking''The darkest book Lescroart ever wrote'

Second Chair (Dismas Hardy series, book 10)

Second Chair (Dismas Hardy series, book 10)

Author: John Lescroart Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2012

San Francisco is a city on the brink of panic...John Lescroart skilfully and subtly weaves together a story of a privileged youth on trial for murder, and an entire city on the brink of panic, taking this popular series to new heights of stylish suspense. Perfect for fans of Lee Child and John Sandford. 'Lescroart plays out clues with the patience and cunning of a master fly fisherman' - Orlando SentinelTo the outside world, it looks like Dismas Hardy is finally on top. A managing partner at his thriving law firm but beneath the surface bravado, Hardy has lost his faith in the law. Now he has a high-profile and challenging case: a seventeen-year-old arrested for the double slaying of his girlfriend and his English teacher. As the case moves swiftly to trial, Hardy can't even turn to his old friend Abe Glitsky for help. San Francisco has been seized by a wave of violence and an embattled Glitsky must somehow stop the criminal upsurge while being hounded by a hostile media. With the city on the verge of panic, Hardy's search for the truth takes him down a perilous path. With very little belief in his young client's innocence, and even less in the legal system, Hardy has to conquer his own demons if he is to clear his client... and save himself.What readers are saying about The Second Chair:'Once again, Lescroart proves he is the master of this genre''The Second Chair is second to none''John Lescroart weaves a tangled web of suspense back and forth with thick intensity'

Motive (Dismas Hardy series, book 11)

Motive (Dismas Hardy series, book 11)

Author: John Lescroart Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2012

Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky seek answers for San Francisco's mayor, in this gripping murder mystery. The Motive is the eleventh book in John Lescoart's Dismas Hardy series and is perfect for fans of Scott Turow and Deborah Hawkins.'Surpasses anything Grisham ever wrote and bears comparison with Turow' - Washington PostIt starts with a double homicide. Because of the high profiles of the victims, the mayor of San Francisco herself demands that a high-ranking detective be put on the case. And so Abe Glitsky is thrust into the controversial investigation. Dan Cuneo, the officer on the case, is immediately wary of Glitsky and doesn't hide his distrust. Matters are made worse when Cuneo starts to focus on his primary suspect - an old girlfriend of Dismas Hardy. Convinced that Hardy's client is the wrong suspect, Glitsky breaks ranks within the police department to continue his own investigation. As Hardy's murder trial builds to its stunning conclusion, Glitsky's search for the truth does more than fuel suspicion against the two men. It reveals a trail of deception that leads beyond San Francisco, where exposing desperate secrets can be the most deadly offence.What readers are saying about The Motive:'Seamless writing''A great 'whodunit' and a terrific courtroom drama all rolled into one''Engrossing to the very last page'

Suspect

Suspect

Author: John Lescroart Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2012

Innocence is no guarantee of justice...John Lescroart, bestselling author of the Dismas Hardy series, returns with a gripping standalone murder mystery, The Suspect. Perfect for fans of John Grisham and Steve Martini. 'One smooth ride, and a fine legal thriller to boot' - Philadelphia Enquirer Dr. Caryn Dryden is found dead in her hot tub, and homicide inspector Devin Juhle targets a suspect close to home: her husband, Stuart Gorman. After all, Caryn recently asked for a divorce ... and Stuart stands to gain millions in insurance. His alibi-that he was at his cabin on Echo Lake that weekend-doesn't keep him out of hot water. But maybe a shrewd attorney will. Gina Roake, a partner in Dismas Hardy's firm, is eager to take on such a high-profile case, especially when the client's innocence seems so easy to prove. Yet the more time she spends with Stuart, the more complicated her feelings become; she feels strangely drawn to him at first, then has to confront the possibility of a dark history lurking in his past. Desperate to know the truth, Gina calls in Wyatt Hunt to investigate. But as the damning facts accumulate, and as the rabid press concludes that Stuart is guilty, Gina must face the possibility that Stuart may not find mercy in the courtroom either.

Betrayal (Dismas Hardy series, book 12)

Betrayal (Dismas Hardy series, book 12)

Author: John Lescroart Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2012

Betrayal, revenge and unsuspected truths...Dismas Hardy gets caught up in the complicated world of government conspiracy when he takes on the challenging case of National Guard reservist Evan Scholler. Betrayal is the twelfth thriller in John Lescroart's Dismas Hardy series. Perfect for fans of John Sandford and J.J. Miller. 'A tour de force of a legal thriller... Easily usurps the latest from Grisham and Turow' - Providence JournalWhen Dismas Hardy agrees to clean up the caseload of recently disappeared attorney Charlie Bowen, he thinks it will be easy. But one of the cases is far from small-time - the sensational clash between National Guard reservist Evan Scholler and an ex-Navy SEAL and private contractor named Ron Nolan. Two events in Iraq conspired to bring the men into fatal conflict: Nolan's relationship with Evan's girlfriend back home in the States; followed by a deadly incident in which Nolan's apparent mistake results in the death of an innocent Iraqi family as well as seven men in Evan's platoon. As the murky relationship between the U.S. government and its private contractors plays out in the personal drama of these two men, and the consequences become a desperate matter of life and death, Dismas Hardy begins to uncover a terrible and perilous truth that takes him far beyond the case and into the realm of assassination and treason. From the treacherous streets of Iraq to the courtrooms of California, Betrayal is a magnificent tour de force of pure storytelling.What readers are saying about Betrayal:'The courtroom scenes are simply brilliant [...] they kept me awake all night''So full of twists and turns that it was impossible to put down''Once again a compulsive read - kept me riveted from beginning to end'

Plague of Secrets (Dismas Hardy series, book 13)

Plague of Secrets (Dismas Hardy series, book 13)

Author: John Lescroart Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2012

A drug-based multiple-murder investigation has some shocking revelations in the page-turning thirteenth thriller in the Dismas Hardy series. A Plague of Secrets by the critically acclaimed John Lescroart is perfect for fans of J.J. Miller and Michael Connelly.'The best of the best: the best yet in today's best legal thriller series' - Lee ChildWhen Dylan Vogler, the manager of the Bay Beans West coffee shop, is murdered, inspectors discover that his knapsack is filled with high-grade marijuana. It soon becomes clear that San Francisco's A-list flocked to Bay Beans West not only for their caffeine fix. But how much did Maya Townshend - the socialite niece of the city's mayor, and the owner of the shop - know about what was going on inside her business? As another of Maya's acquaintances is murdered, and as the names of the celebrity, political, and even law-enforcement customers come to light, tabloid-fuelled controversy takes the investigation into the realms of conspiracy and cover-up. Prosecutors close in on Maya, who has a deep secret of her own - a secret she needs to protect at all costs during her very public trial, where not only her future but the entire political landscape of San Francisco hangs in the balance, hostage to an explosive secret that Dismas Hardy is privilege-bound to protect.What readers are saying about A Plague of Secrets:'A brilliant case, brilliantly written, brilliant courtroom scenes, brilliant characterisation [...] brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!''The drama that unfolds kept my heart pounding, right until the shocking climax of the story''The dialogue was clever, at times funny, and always true to its character. A Plague of Secrets is truly a page turner that is enjoyable from beginning to end'

Damage

Damage

Author: John Lescroart Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2012

From New York Times bestseller John Lescroart comes an explosive look at the seductive power of revenge and the terrible costs of justice. Perfect for fans of Faye Kellerman and John Grisham. 'Damage will leave you gasping' - Suspense MagazineThe Curtlees are the most powerful family in San Francisco, unscrupulous billionaires who've lined every important pocket in the Bay Area. So when Ro Curtlee was convicted of rape and murder a decade ago, the fallout for those who helped to bring him to justice was swift and uncompromising. The jury foreman was fired from his job. The lead prosecutor's dreams of becoming DA were dashed. And head homicide detective Abe Glitsky was reassigned to the police department's payroll office. And then Ro Curtlee's lawyers won him a retrial, and he was released from jail. Within twenty-four hours, a fire kills the original trial's star witness, and then a second fire claims another participant in the case, Abe is convinced: Ro is out for revenge. But with no hard evidence can Abe stop the violence before he finds himself in its crosshairs? How much more can he sacrifice to put Ro back behind bars and just how far across the line is he prepared to go in pursuit of justice?What readers are saying about Damage:'A great plot, great characters and a lot of late nights reading just one more page''A righteous and very cleverly constructed thriller''This story built up a lot of emotion within me: empathy for the victims and hate for the perpetrators. The wish for justice was intensely felt'

Thirteenth Juror (Dismas Hardy series, book 4)

Thirteenth Juror (Dismas Hardy series, book 4)

Author: John Lescroart Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2012

He is obsessed with her innocence. He will be destroyed by her guilt...John Lescroart writes a gripping courtroom thriller delving deep into the life and mind of the suspect in The Thirteenth Juror, the fourth novel in the Dismas Hardy series. Perfect for fans of J.J. Miller and John Sandford. 'I double-dare you to begin reading John T. Lescroart's new suspense trial novel and put it down... This one is on the money' - Larry King, USA TodayDismas Hardy, lawyer/investigator, undertakes the defence of Jennifer Witt, accused of murdering her husband and their eight-year-old son as well as her first husband, who had died nine years earlier from an apparent drug overdose. While preparing his case, Hardy learns that both of Jennifer's husbands had physically abused her. But Jennifer refuses to allow a defence that presumes her guilt. She is not guilty, she claims. Hardy is now driven to seek an alternative truth a jury can believe. As the trial progresses, the complex truth itself begins to change, to bend, to fade in and out of focus as the clock keeps ticking on Jennifer's fate, until there seems only one person left to convince, and she is 'the 13th juror' - the judge. The 13th Juror is a stunning and suspenseful novel of moral ambiguity, of good intentions, bad judgements and the tortuous path to ultimate justice.What readers are saying about The Thirteenth Juror:'Intricate, multi-layered story that goes way beyond the basics''It was hard to put this book down!''Keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end'

Certain Justice

Certain Justice

Author: John Lescroart Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2012

A brutal murder rocks a city. An innocent man stands accused. And justice is the next to die. A novel that examines the nature of justice - and injustice - follows an ordinary man who, through no fault of his own, is hounded, hunted, and almost destroyed for a crime he did not commit. Perfect for fans of Michael Connelly and Mark Nolan. 'Catapults Lescroart into the top ranks of crime writers' - PlayboyIn San Francisco--a city of tolerance and hope--everything came apart. One man died at the hands of another. The next victim was killed by a mob. Now fires burn in the night, helicopters throb through the air, and politicians, lawyers and cops vie for the remnants of power. Somewhere in the once-placid streets of San Francisco, a young man is on the run, charged by the media with a crFime he didn't commit, hounded by demagogues, hunted by a desperate police department. One cop knows that Kevin Shea is innocent of a brutal racial murder. An ambitious politician will use Shea for her own ends. And a down-and-out lawyer is all that stands between Kevin Shea and an even more atrocious crime. For when there's no law left, justice is the only hope.What readers are saying about A Certain Justice:'A mystery thriller with twists and turns as fast as a bullet''You'll not be able to put the book down until you've read the last word''Compelling story of how justice can be manipulated by people in high places'

Hunter

Hunter

Author: John Lescroart Format: eBook Release Date: 03/01/2012

The answer is murder, and urged on by curiosity and the mysterious texter, Hunt takes on a case he never knew existed, one that has lain unsolved for decades. His familys dark past unfurls in dead ends. Child Protective Services, who suspected but never could prove that Hunt was being neglected, is uninformed; his birth father, twice tried but never convicted of the murder, is in hiding; Evie, his mothers drug-addicted religious fanatic of a friend, is untraceable. And who is the texter, and how is this person connected to Hunt?Yet in the present, time is running out. The texter, who insists the killer is out there, refuses to be identified. The cat-and-mouse game leads Hunt across the country and eventually to places far more exotic and far more dangerous. As the chase escalates, so does the threat, for the killer has a secret that can only be trusted to the grave. Thriller master John Lescroart weaves a shocking, suspenseful tale about the skeletons inside family closets . . . and the mortal danger outside the front door.

Hunter

Hunter

Author: John Lescroart Format: eBook Release Date: 03/01/2012

The answer is murder, and urged on by curiosity and the mysterious texter, Hunt takes on a case he never knew existed, one that has lain unsolved for decades. His familys dark past unfurls in dead ends. Child Protective Services, who suspected but never could prove that Hunt was being neglected, is uninformed; his birth father, twice tried but never convicted of the murder, is in hiding; Evie, his mothers drug-addicted religious fanatic of a friend, is untraceable. And who is the texter, and how is this person connected to Hunt?Yet in the present, time is running out. The texter, who insists the killer is out there, refuses to be identified. The cat-and-mouse game leads Hunt across the country and eventually to places far more exotic and far more dangerous. As the chase escalates, so does the threat, for the killer has a secret that can only be trusted to the grave. Thriller master John Lescroart weaves a shocking, suspenseful tale about the skeletons inside family closets . . . and the mortal danger outside the front door.

First Thrills: Volume 4

First Thrills: Volume 4

New York Times bestselling author Lee Child and the International Thriller Writers, Inc. present a collection of remarkable stories in First Thrills. From small-town crime stories to sweeping global conspiracies, this is a cross section of today's hottest thriller-writing talent. This original collection is now split into four e-book volumes, packed with murder, mystery, and mayhem!First Thrills: Volume 4 contains stories seven original stories by:John LescroartAlex Kava and Deb CarlinJohn Lutz and Lise S. BakerCJ LyonsCynthia RobinsonMarc PaolettiBill CameronAt the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Son of Holmes

Son of Holmes

Author: John Lescroart Format: eBook Release Date: 15/05/2011

The reliably excellent John Lescroart (Publishers Weekly), acclaimed author of the bestselling novels featuring attorney Dismas Hardy, here offers a rich and engrossing historical mystery that takes us to a small French town in the dark days of World War I and introduces us to Auguste Lupa. The rumor is that he is the son of the greatest detective of all time. And the truth of his mysterious legacy may come to light as he attempts to solve the baffling murder of an intelligence agent and uncover an ingenious act of sabotage.... Raymond Chandler once wrote that the test of a first-rate murder mystery is whether you would keep reading it if the last chapter and the revelation of whodunit were missing. In the matter of John Lescroart, I would keep reading any of his books, even without that last chapter. Fort Worth Star-Telegram A gifted writer with a distinctive voice. I read him with great pleasure. Richard North Patterson[A] master yarn spinner. Booklist

Rasputin's Revenge

Rasputin's Revenge

Author: John Lescroart Format: eBook Release Date: 15/05/2011

In Son of Holmes, John Lescroart introduced Auguste Lupa, reputed son of the greatest detective of all time... and possessor of a brilliant deductive mind in his own right. Now, in Rasputins Revenge, Lupa is summoned to the court of the Russian Czar where, with a bit of unexpected assistance from none other than Holmes and Watson, he untangles a chilling plot that holds the Winter Palace in a lethal grip.... Praise for Son of Holmes and John LescroartA riveting thriller. BooklistDetective fans will lap up the details ofLupas [Holmesian] heritage. Publishers WeeklyRaymond Chandler once wrote that the test of a first-rate murder mystery is whether you would keep reading it if the last chapter and the revelation of whodunit were missing. In the matter of John Lescroart, I would keep reading any of his books, even without that last chapter. Fort Worth Star-Telegram Amusing and intriguing. Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

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