Dismas Hardy, Abe Glitsky, and Wyatt Hunt return in a compelling and timely legal thriller filled with blackmail, political intrigue, and multiple murder.
The first victim is Dylan Vogler, a charming ex-convict who manages the Bay Beans West coffee shop in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. When his body is found, 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 beautiful socialite niece of the city's mayor, and the absentee owner of the shop--know about what was going on inside her business? And how intimate had she really been with Dylan, her old college friend?
As another of Maya's acquaintances falls victim to murder, and as the names of the dead men's celebrity, political, and even law- enforcement customers come to light, tabloid-fueled 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.
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1 . Best Dismas Hardy book in a long while
Posted July 16, 2010 by Jay , HoustonI am an avid fan of all the Lescroart books, but especially fond of Dismas. As he has gotten older and many of the narratives have focused on his extended group of friends and partners, I have missed the courtroom drama and the special attention to detail that he always brings. This book does not disappoint. With a well developed set of characters, a great plot (including a unique way of keeping Abe out of the investigation early on), and no preconceived notions about any character being untouchable, this may be the best book that Mr. Lescroart has penned in quite a while. An absolutely amazing read. Enjoy.
June 29, 2009
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