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Oath,The(CD)Lib(Unabr.) [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

John Lescroart
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Nov. 28 2007 Dismas Hardy Series (Book 8)
When the head of San Francisco's largest HMO dies in his own hospital, no one doubts that it is anything but the result of massive injuries inflicted by a random hit-and-run accident. But the autopsy soon tells a different story - an overdose of potassium killed him, and the attending physician, Eric Kensing, becomes the prime suspect in a high-profile homicide. Homicide lieutenant Abe Glitsky, though hindered by the inept bunglings of two politically appointed cops assigned to the investigation, quickly sets his sights on Kensing. Desperate and in need of an attorney, Kensing turns to lawyer Dismas Hardy for his defense. But as the pressure mounts to indict Kensing, Hardy goes on the offensive, believing that the murder had little to do with his client, and everything to do with business. Hardy knows that all is not well with the HMO, and makes a terrifying discovery: too many patients have been dying, many of them victims of murder - and it looks like it is the hospital that is killing them. His own marriage tested and his family strained as he struggles to save his client, Hardy must uncover a twisting conspiracy of avarice and violence that takes the lives it is sworn to save. A timely and gripping novel that puts lives - and a long-standing friendship - at grave risk.

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Bad medicine makes good plotting in John Lescroart's latest, which brings back lawyer Dismas Hardy and his best friend, homicide cop Abe Glitsky. A string of suspicious deaths at a San Francisco HMO don't look like murder at first--until Tim Markham, the head of the HMO, dies from injuries received in a hit-and-run accident. But did the injuries really kill him? Glitsky believes that Hardy's client, Dr. Eric Kensing, killed his boss. Kensing had at least two good reasons: not only was Markham having an affair with his wife, but his cost- cutting restrictions were threatening the lives of Kensing's patients. Kensing is a bit too heroic for the reader to ever believe in him as a suspect, and the real murderer is pretty obvious from the get-go, which cuts down the suspense. Still, the reappearance of Glitsky and Hardy will be welcomed by Lescroart's many fans, who'll be delighted with the widowed cop's new wife and new life and happy to see the guys back in familiar if well-trodden territory. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With their reputation for rolling up hefty profits while doling out penny-pinching care, HMOs have emerged as a favorite villain of crime writers. Lescroart gets in his licks with this scalpel-sharp thriller, the ninth in the Dismas Hardy line. This time around, the San Francisco attorney finds himself representing Dr. Eric Kensing, who stands accused of murdering his boss, Tim Markham, the CEO of the Parnassus Medical Group, a struggling HMO providing health services to all the city's employees. An autopsy shows that Markham, hospitalized in critical condition following a hit-and-run, died not of his injuries but of a potassium overdose. It doesn't look good for Kensing. Not only was he the doctor on duty, but he had plenty of motive; his wife was having an affair with Markham. As police investigators, led once again by Lt. Abe Glitsky, home in on Kensing, the case veers in another direction. The police discover that Markham is actually the 12th person to have been killed recently while under Parnassus's care. And Kensing can't be blamed for all of them. The investigation leads police and Hardy to a multitude of suspects, most connected to Parnassus's zeal for ruthless cost cutting. Burdened at times by Hardy's musings and a few awkwardly placed clues, Lescroart's latest featuring the cunning, self-effacing attorney and dedicated family man is still a skillfully researched and executed piece of work. The author wisely steers clear of taking cheap shots at the HMO industry, yet manages to direct a sharp beam into some of its darker crevices. Fans of the popular series should know that there are no courtroom scenes, unusual for the trial-prone Hardy, but Lescroart manages to squeeze in almost every member of his usual large and always entertaining cast. (Feb. 4)Forecast: The reliably excellent Lescroart carries on, delivering yet another winner. A massive ad/promo campaign including the simultaneous release of the paperback edition of The Hearing, a 10-city author tour and a one-day laydown should swell the already well-populated ranks of his fans.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Dragging story July 2 2007
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This drama is about greed in the health industry and may leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth and wondering if in some jurisdiction profit doesn't supersede patient care....Oh! The health care system...

I have mixed feeling about this story, although I couldn't put the book down at first. I found that by the end of the book, the tale was turning in circles and was dragging way too much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading! Dec 31 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Oath is the first book I've read by John Lescroart but won't be the last. Lescroart's strong suits are in his ability to develop multidimensional, credible major as well as secondary characters, believable multilayered story lines, and witty dialogue -- all of which are intertwined in an entertaining, fast-moving mystery. The basic plot involves an HMO executive who becomes a victim of a hit-and-run driver and then a murder victim after being brought to one of his own hospitals for treatment. Dismas Hardy becomes the defense attorney for the doctor presumed to be the murderer and Lt. Glitsky is in charge of the murder investigation. The relationship between Hardy and Glitsky is one I enjoyed very much and am looking forward to learning more about when I read other books in the series. Without going into detail (and perhaps spoiling things for potential readers), what keeps me from giving The Oath a higher rating is that I found its ending to be a bit predictable in some ways and a bit far-fetched in others. Nonetheless, The Oath is worth reading and is a book I think you'll enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Favorite Author May 26 2003
Format:Hardcover
Of the many books I have read this was definetly a good one. John Lescroart has joined my list of favorite authors. In this book, Glistky and Hardy return when they find out a corporate CEO has been killed. But why?
The story develops when the autopsy reveals overdose of Potassium and besides that other patients have been dying quite too often.
The deals with the problems that big companies deal with in regards to costs, hmo, and everything. The surprises come throughtout the whole book, and we don't really find out who killed the CEO and why until the very end of the of the book.
Great book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book from Lescroart!! May 25 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
John Lescroart has once again written an intense book surround a murder investigation. With his usual characters, attorney Dismas Hardy and Homicide Investigator Abe Glitsky, Lescroart once again keeps the action coming nonstop.
This book involves some very real issues in the United States today. Issues surrounding health care and how we pay for it are discussed throughout the book within the story. The plot thickens as one of Hardy's clients is suspected of murder, and Glitsky thinks he has his man. But, as usual in a Lecroart novel, there are numerous twists and turns until there is finally a stunning ending. Did Hardy's client commit the crime? Will Hardy and Glitsky be able to maintain their friendship? What's going on behind the scenes at a San Francisco hospital? If you pick up this book, you won't put it down until you know the answers to all these questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery April 21 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Keeps you turning the pages, I had to keep taking this away from my wife as I read it. She kept trying to snatch it from me each time I set it down. This is a nicely woven tale that keeps you guessing until the end. I like his writing style and plan to read more of his books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Oath Feb. 23 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Boring and disappointing. The characters were uninteresting and the plot dragged. After reading more than half, I decided not to waste my time and I skipped to the ending which was predictable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not too hot Feb. 9 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a health care professional, I hate HMO's but love HMO-thrillers. Well, "The Oath" is low on my list. In fact, after a while, I just skimmed it. The writing was poor and I, for one, wasn't drawn in the the "old favorite characters" who I felt detracted from the plot action. Don't waste your time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately unsatisfying Feb. 6 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Lescroart novel I've read. Though I'll try another, it won't be because this one is great. It isn't. I wouldn't recommend starting here.
The prose is very good, and SOME of the characterization quite remarkable--the character of Dr. Kensing is original and not at all black-and-white, hardly the virtuous innocent of much genre fiction. Some of the psychological development is good--watching Bracco and Fisk grow to their respective bits of self-knowledge is satisfying. One vignette between Hardy's wife and kids is as fine a piece of writing on affection as you'll find.
But I'm gonna have to take other reviewers' word that the Hardy/Glitsky friendship is believable in other novels. Though some of their dialog is quite witty--reminiscent of Spenser and Hawk in Robert B. Parker's singular novels--mostly the relationship as portrayed here it is just stupid. No one in his right mind would remain friends with Glitsky after some of his machinations here. "Ah, you've completely betrayed me, and lied to me, but since it is work-related and friendship is more important than professional conflict, let's have a barbeque, old bud." Like that. Uh-huh.
And Hardy is sort of a cipher. I didn't understand at all what makes him tick.
What really left me empty was the denouement. It could not possibly be more cliched. There is simply nothing interesting or original or insightful or surprising in it.
And in genre novels, the denouement is supposed to involve some showdown between the good guy and the bad guy. Here, the falsely accused guy we've spent most of the novel getting to know gets cleared and drops out of the picture too soon, so he is no part of the resolution.
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