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The DA is equally eager to capitalize (pun intended) on the murder: bent on reversing her public image as being soft on crime, Sharron Pratt declares that her office will seek the death penalty. Enter Dismas Hardy, author John Lescroart's smooth-talking Irish lawyer, cajoled into defending Burgess. He doesn't like his client, but he doesn't trust the confession nor Pratt's sudden blood thirst. Joining investigative forces with Elaine's paralegal, Treya Ghent, and Glitsky himself suspended after news of the confession leaks out, Hardy will find himself on the trail of corruption and deceit in the most rarefied of legal circles.
The Hearing is a big, burly legal thriller, and its size is both vice and virtue. Lescroart handles his courtroom scenes with a deft touch, but his ex judicia narrative is often ponderous. He tends to introduce plot developments with sweeping statements, bolstering them with clumsy retrospection, and his characterization leaves something to be desired: "the very cute Amy Wu" has "large enough breasts so that people rarely noticed the bit of thickness at her waist"; and "Visser had a couple of character flaws that were going to negatively impact his aspirations on the force." These cavils aside, The Hearing will doubtlessly appeal to Grisham and Turow fans-- and to Lescroart's own considerable retinue. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Although the book is about 10 years old I just read it fo the first time. I always look for John Lescroart's books and am always happy to find one I have not read. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2012 by Carol
This story, featuring a crotchety detective, Abe Glitsky, and other variously interesting characters, has a fairly good story:
the death of a rising star, in the D.A. Read more
I was very pleased to read "The Hearing" and found that I enjoyed it almost as much as his best book, "The Thirteenth Juror". Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2003
I picked this book up in a library wondering what it has to offer. It looked quite interesting and didn't disappoint me. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2002 by MUSIC LOVER
I had never read any of Lescroart's works before "The Hearing". I picked it up in an Airport book store, and read it on a cross-country flight. I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2002
As a rule, I usually enjoy kicking back and reading a Lescroart book. they are often interesting, and keep you wondering what will happen next. Read morePublished on July 31 2002 by Robert Knetsch
In the legal thriller/police procedural, Lescroart weaves an intriguing story with likable, believable, well-drawn characters. Read morePublished on May 5 2002 by Silver Springer
Remember the novel "Anatomy of a Murder"? The lawyer defends a man accused of murder who is acquitted, yet we find out at the end that the defendant was guilty of the crime. Read morePublished on May 5 2002 by Bucherwurm
interesting story about a man who doesn't get to meet his daughter before she dies. he does, however, enter into a may-december romance, enlist the aid of his good friend Dismas... Read morePublished on May 3 2002 by addyrphoto