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Nothing but the Truth [Mass Market Paperback]

John Lescroart
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Jan. 29 2001 Dismas Hardy
When San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy gets a call saying his wife never picked the kids up from school, he’s worried. Frannie’s a great mother. Turns out there’s a good explanation: she’s in jail.

Unbeknownst to her husband, Frannie has just appeared before a grand jury--and refused to share a crucial piece of information about her friend Ron, who’s accused of killing his wife. Now it’s up to Dismas to race the clock and find a culprit, all the while wondering: Why would his wife go to jail to protect another man? Who really killed Bree Beaumont--and why? He’s looking for the truth. But he’s not quite sure he wants to find it…

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Fans of John Lescroart's series hero Dismas Hardy, the thoughtful and likable San Francisco lawyer, will welcome this meditation on marriage served up as a murder mystery. In previous outings, Hardy has been a cop, a bartender, and even an assistant prosecutor, so he knows that, "Sometimes the whole truth is the last thing you want to hear." But then his wife Frannie goes to jail for refusing to tell what she knows about the husband of a murdered environmental activist. The Hardy's children are classmates of the victim's youngsters, and Dismas must confront the secrets in his own relationship that have been concealed by the all-too-familiar pressures of trying to balance work and love in the modern family. The plot, which involves oil, gas, ethanol, and gubernatorial politics, doesn't take center stage in this carefully written and deeply compelling novel; the real action is the series of revelations about the crime in question, which uncover the more interesting story of how even a good marriage can deteriorate despite--or perhaps because of--the daily work of trying to keep it going. Lescroart is in Scott Turow territory here, and he explores and conquers it with the same keen talent for describing the distance between private life and public trust. Nothing But the Truth represents a major step forward for Lescroart, who expands the mystery genre with every Dismas Hardy outing. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Secrets and lies are the leitmotifs in Lescroart's 11th novel--a crisp, engaging thriller that could well be subtitled "This Time It's Personal." San Francisco lawyer Dismas Hardy has 72 hours to solve a murder that happened three weeks ago. Time is crucial because his wife, Frannie, has been jailed for contempt after refusing to reveal a secret (confided to her by her friend Ron Beaumont) to the grand jury investigating the murder of Beaumont's wife, Bree. The secret involves Ron's past--he kidnapped his own children rather than leave them in the custody of his abusive first wife, Dawn--and if Frannie spills the truth to the grand jury, Ron plans to skip town and go into hiding again with his kids. There are other secrets, too--related to Bree's powerful political position as an adviser, and rumored lover, to gubernatorial candidate Damon Kerry and as "a player in the big-money oil business." The murder investigation stalled when Carl Griffin, the detective assigned to the case, was shot to death days after Bree was killed. But throughout all the intriguing power plays, it's the close-to-home secrets affecting Hardy and his marriage that resonate most. The tug of competing loyalties and the sense that everyone has something to hide add depth and energy to a plot that has already been galvanized by Hardy's race to exonerate his wife, and solve the murder, in record time. The novel's pacing is reminiscent of classic Ross Macdonald, where a week's worth of events are condensed into a few hours. This winning thriller is the fifth starring Hardy, and it tops Lescroart's last one, The Mercy Rule, raising expectations for his next one. Agent, Barney Karpfinger. Simultaneous BBD audio. (Jan.)
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At the tail end of a dog of a morning. Dismas Hardy was beginning to fear that he would also be spending the whole stifling dull afternoon in municipal court on the second floor of the Hall of Justice in San Francisco. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great detective story Aug. 28 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was another John Lescroart success. He kept this story interesting so that you always had mystery throughout. I had to read all the time to see what the ending would be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really super story! Oct. 17 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nothing but the Truth is the first John T. Lescroart novel I've read, but it certainly won't be my last!! I will definitely explore the rest of the Dismas Hardy series, and go from there.
In this book, Hardy is an attorney whose wife somehow gets "involved" in a murder investigation of their children's classmate's mother. In order to clear her name, as it were, Hardy works with a friend in Homicide and undertakes his own probing, and as it turns out, dangerous, investigation of the murder.
The book is a compelling read from page one. Although I freely admit I'm not the best at guessing "who done it", the twists and turns the investigation takes really blew my mind. The clues were there, but there was no way I could put it all together. I guess that's why I'm a reader and not a crime investigator ;)
I really can't recommend this book highly enough. I'm certainly looking forward to reading more of Mr. Lescroart's writing. Hopefully, you will too :D
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful discovery! Aug. 18 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
One day, looking for something to read, I happened to pick up a Lescroart. Fascinated by his style and the ingenuity of his plotting, I immediately sent off to Amazon for a copy of everything he had ever written. It's a prized shelf in my library, friends, and I'll bet that once you taste him, you'll be as addicted as I.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The TRUTH about Lescroart June 11 2002
By Rebecca
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read several of John Lescroart's books, and each one is remarkably enjoyable. Unfortunately, I have not read them in sequential order, so that I find myself a bit surprised as to how Dismas Hardy's life has "progressed." Nevertheless, this series is so well-written, with enough referrals to previous incidents and cases, that each can stand on its own.
NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH is an immensely engrossing story. I found that the time line--four days to solve a murder that had occurred four weeks previously and had gone cold--in order to save his wife, Frannie, from suffering more indignities and consequences for protecting a friends's secret, was exciting and compelling. From the first chapter, I wanted to finish the book FAST! I love when a book hooks me like this, and that is what all of Lescroart's books do...grab you and keep you going and going until you reach the suprising, satisfying conclusion.
By the way, listening to one of his wonderful books on tape, HARD EVIDENCE, I learned his name is pronounced la-sqwaa--soft "a." Something fun to know!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who do you trust? June 6 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
...the plot and that protagonist Dismus Hardy, in his 13th outing, finds himself worried about his wife, in more ways than one. She's got a secret (involving another man suspected of murder) so important that she has refused to spill it to a grand jury. Hence her moral predicament: if she refuses to tell, she sits in jail on a contempt charge. But she is scared of jail. Getting only part of the secret from her, Dismus realizes that whatever it is in full, his only way to get her out is to solve a murder, so she won't have to testify about her male friend.
Dismus is a loyal husband and father. He loves his children and does trust his wife, but the tale not only involves more murders and attempts on his life as he gets closer to the murderer(s?), but is a study of the marital anguish that goes on when the couple realizes it's needs are not being met as they have gradually drifted towards different committments. LesCroart weaves the marital relationship into the mystery very well.
The abridged tape version is read clearly and with enough feeling by Dylan Baker (remember him from early "Law and Order" TV episodes?) that you can sit back and enjoy the suspenseful ride (literally, in my case, in the car!)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Improbable May 26 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One thing to be said for this book, some of characters' names are cool, like Dismas Hardy, criminal defense lawyer and husband of Frannie , who has her behind in a sling and in a jail cell for refusing to testify about a murder before a grand jury. Dis can only free her by proving who the real killer is.
This is like Perry Mason, where the killers always came to watch some poor slob get convicted of a murder he or she did not commit, only to have Perry's tricks result in the real killer giving a full confession just before the commercial.
Earle Stanley Gardner did it better and more convincingly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I just finished it last night. May 4 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
GREAT BOOKS are hard to come by but this is this author's best work to date. Superior storytelling at his best!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars NOT HIS BEST! Feb. 9 2001
By Nick G
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Attorney Dismas Hardy is stunned when he receives a phone call saying his wife has not picked up their kids from school. Frannie would NEVER forget to pick up their children, so Dismas knows that something is wrong. Tracking down his wife, he comes to the startling discovery...she is in jail.
Frannie has just appeared before the grand jury (keeping this from her husband) and refusing to give up a crucial piece of evidence against Ron-a friend accused of murdering his wife, lands her in jail. Furious, Dismas, wants answers.
Dismas begins turning over every stone, to find out who would have killed Brea Beaumont, and what secrets are being hidden by the grieving widower, Ron.
Dismas is looking for the truth, but is he prepared for what he finds?
"Nothing But The Truth" is one of the weaker novels by this very good author. While starting off fast, the novel takes a nose dive down, and becomes boring with each new suspect and plot twist thrown in. By the time the killer was revealed I didn't really care.
John Lescroart is one of the better legal/thriller writers, but his new novel becomes too complicated and boring to supply the thrills that are usually found in his books.
Nick Gonnella
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