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The first evidence is found in the belly of a shark: a hand sporting a jade ring. The hand belongs to a Silicon Valley billionaire. When the rest of his bullet-ridden body washes up on shore, Dismas Hardy, assistant D.A., is suddenly plunged into San Francisco's murder trial of the century. A Japanese call girl with a long list of bigshot johns is the defendant. But a serThe first evidence is found in the belly of a shark: a hand sporting a jade ring. The hand belongs to a Silicon Valley billionaire. When the rest of his bullet-ridden body washes up on shore, Dismas Hardy, assistant D.A., is suddenly plunged into San Francisco's murder trial of the century. A Japanese call girl with a long list of bigshot johns is the defendant. But a series of bizarre twists and turns blows the case wide open, making Hardy himself a target for everyone from the victim's sexy daughter to the vengeful judge who wants Hardy to sizzle . . . ."A gripping courtroom drama that may well be Lescroart's breakthrough novel . . . As always, Lescroart creates compelling, credible characters and holds the reader's attention through every step of the plot." — Publishers Weekly"A compelling combination of courtroom drama and whodunit . . . Sparked with crackling dialogue and vivid scenes of its San Francisco setting . . . Lescroart is a fine writer." — Richmond Times-Dispatch...

Title : Hard Evidence
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ISBN : 9780451206466
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Number of Pages : 688 Pages
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Hard Evidence Reviews

  • Lynn
    2019-04-04 22:20

    The development of Dismas is excellent in this entry. Regular characters continue and interesting new ones appear. Dismas changes jobs more than once in this book. I think Lescroart offers some brilliant insight into the soul-crushing, ego-death that a fruitless job search can become. Lots of clues given towards the final twisted plot's all laid out, the reader just has to follow.

  • Olivia
    2019-03-27 18:18

    John Lescroart is a genius. I've read three legal thrillers by him and his are among the best I've read. The plot of Hard Evidence has a lot of intriguing twists and turns, all of which make this book a page-turner.

  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    2019-04-22 23:20

    My problem often with legal thrillers is I know too much about the law--and yes, it matters. Part of the pleasure of a good book is feeling immersed in another world--whether it's Mars or Ancient Greece or a nuclear submarine--or, in this case, the San Francisco District Attorney's office. Our hero in Hard Evidence, Dismas Hardy, is an ex-cop returning to the DA's office at 40 after a stint as a bartender. He's investigating a possible murder after a severed hand wearing a jade ring is found in the belly of a shark. That's my first problem. Assistant District Attorneys don't investigate crimes--that's what police officers and their own investigators are for--and for good reason. They're supposed to try the case--they're not supposed to be participants who can themselves be called to the witness stand. Lescroat also has Hardy take part in an ex parte communication with a judge--a private conversation regarding a case without opposing counsel present. Not done. Then he has someone say that just because something is a homicide doesn't mean it can't be a suicide, accident or natural death. By definition, a homicide--which legally is broader than muder--is the "deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another." The last straw was when towards the end of Part One, before we were on even page 100, Hardy was conducting a warrantless search. Just stupid--this is all first year law school stuff. And OK, Lescroat doesn't have a law degree, but in his Acknowledgements he credits several San Francisco District Attorney lawyers as helping him--he should have had at least one of them read through his manuscript. And if he did, he should have listened to them. Because Lescroat quickly lost credibility with me. And while I might not care about that much if he had wit or style or could make me laugh or cry, it's a fatal flaw in what is popular thriller boilerplate.

  • Cathy DuPont
    2019-04-03 02:14

    Sorry, Diz...droning on and on like John Lescroart let you do, becomes very tedious reading. And I decided some time ago that life's too short to waste on books that I don't enjoy reading. In my opinion, Hard Evidence needed some very serious editing which would have taken the 516 pages to a comfortable 350 pages more or less. Lescroart's writing simply became very boring with pages and pages of saying little to keep the plot moving forward. No, I will not stop reading this great series and yes, I do enjoy Lescroart's writing a lot; most of the time, anyway. No idea why, in my mind, this book 'went south' so fast for me. But like I said, life's too short...moving forward. (Must be me because my GR friends liked it, a lot and we usually agree.)

  • Mark
    2019-04-10 20:22

    I read a much later John Lescroart Hardy/Glitsky novel and absolutely loved it, so I'm working my way through the series from the beginning...I love the use of the city of San Francisco as another character in the story, kind of like Linda Fairstein's use of NYC in her Alex Cooper series...a fun legal thriller explaining Dismas' shift from the prosecutor's side to defense involving defending his ex-Father-in-Law of the murder of an eccentric billionaire who has stolen the affections his mistress...good stuff!

  • Thanasis Papageorgiou
    2019-04-10 18:11

    7,5/10Το τέλος του έκοψε έναν βαθμό σίγουρα. Εκτός αν νύσταζα τόσο πολύ για να το καταλάβω :P

  • Steve Sawczyn
    2019-04-04 02:07

    Really liking the Dismas Hardy series, very suspenseful, a wonderful escape from reality. When the bullet-ridden body of a Silicon Valley billionaire washes up on shore, assistant D.A. Dismas Hardy finds himself the prosecutor in San Francisco’s murder trial of the century. The suspect: a Japanese call girl with a long list of prominent clients. But when a bizarre series of events blows the case wide open, Hardy finds himself on the other side of the law—as a lawyer for the defense….

  • Mr Stewart
    2019-03-27 01:59

    This was the first Lescroart book I read. Was not disappointed. In fact, it kicked off a courtroom drama reading binge on my part that is still in full swing. And yes, I agree this particular plot and conclusion is maybe done a little more often than is prudent. But hey. Lescroart's take on it is a good one. So.

  • Paul
    2019-04-08 19:28

    Nice to spend time with Dismas and Abe, but a fairly lackluster book in the series.

  • Beth
    2019-04-12 20:01

    John Lescroart is one of my go-to authors when I want a crackling good tale of murder, and he doesn't disappoint in this tale of lust and vengeance. I don't necessarily read these books in order, so we catch up with Dismas Hardy, newly married to Frannie and expecting second child (in addition to The Beck, who is a toddler). Dismas has returned to the DAs office after floating around aimlessly, bartending and killing time since his divorce from the luscious Jane. He is pulled back into her orbit when Jane's father, Judge Andy Fowler, is charged with murder. Since Dismas has been fired from his new job, he changes sides and agrees to defend the judge.

  • Gary
    2019-03-23 19:17

    More literate than most, but leaves a bad taste - like a wrong mix of Charles Dickens and Sophocles. Sure, more exciting plot twists and better writing than most, but the social conscience is wobbly; some scenes are just too much on purpose. Some of the relationships ring true, though; however, the fates just don't tie this one up without too much artifice. I enjoyed the ride, but it's about seven leagues below Dickens, and Sophocles is out of sight.

  • Betty Love
    2019-04-19 23:02

    Would have been four stars, but the way the author totally glossed over Hardy's decision to not try to use his knowledge about the real killer in his (Hardy's) client's capital murder trial was a huge hole. It was like Lescroart had a page limit and knew he was approaching it, so just skipped over this huge part of the story.

  • Drew Widney
    2019-03-27 22:25

    It’s been fun reading this series not only because I love the characters and stories, but also because the authors writing has improved immensely with each book. The first two novels were very convoluted and had gaps in pacing. This book was perfect throughout and it is clear the author made great improvements with character development.

  • Chris L
    2019-04-20 01:59

    Well done in Hardy / Glinski series.Have read author's other books in the series and he compares favorably with Grisham and Connelly, consistently good plotting and character development.

  • Barry Womack
    2019-03-28 23:59

    I liked the book, I love the characters and storylines, and I plan to keep reading this series. But..... this book went on way too long. I was almost to the point of saying... enough already, just get to the frigging point!!!!!

  • Billie Raven
    2019-03-31 21:25

    Totally enjoyable Just loved it

  • Diane Feldman
    2019-03-26 23:02

    Great book.

  • Thomas D. WHite
    2019-04-05 22:00

    A good readStory is complex and twisting keeping your interest till the end. The series is worth all the time to read.

  • Beth Mitchell
    2019-03-27 23:14

    This one was the first Dismas Hardy book I read and I've been hooked ever since! I love the courtroom drama and the San Francisco setting.

  • Sharon sumanti
    2019-04-11 19:24

    What a gripping legal thriller book. I'd love to read any book by Mr.Lescroart again. So much plot twist so much wow wkwkwkk.

  • David Francis Francis
    2019-04-09 01:24

    I like Dismas Hardy's world. But I found I knew early on I knew who, as Adrian Monk would say, "Who's the guy." So this one was not my favorite.

  • Sambasivan
    2019-04-03 00:14

    Great murder mystery by a master story teller. Far better than a Grisham.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-17 18:22

    Early Dismas Hardy. Dismas has returned to the San Francisco District Attorney's office after marrying Frannie, sister of his partner Moses McGuire (see Dead Irish) and her child is born.Late on a Sunday night, Hardy is putting in hours walking a shark at the Steinhart Aquariam. Pico Morales, the curator of the Steinhart and Hardy's good friend wants a live great white shark badly for the aquariam collection, but sharks must keep moving continuously and don't survive due to wounds or illness that led to their capture in the first place. Early Monday morning the Dismas stops walking the shark and the beast sinks to the bottom of the tank. They haul the shark out of the water and Morales takes a scapel to the belly of the shark. Among the contents of the stomach, they find a human hand, severed at the wrist.The hand is eventually identified as belonging to a missing investor, Owen Nash, through the involvement of his business partner and his daughter. According to the business partner, it was not unusual for Owen Nash to take long trips without informing others of the details. His daughter offered the information that Nash and his girlfriend May Shinn were scheduled to take a cruise the past weekend on Nash's yacht. Nash wasn't identified until Wednesday, and Hardy visited the marina where Nash moored his yacht, to find that the yacht was in its proper berth. Based on the statement of daughter Celine, the police pick up May Shinn as a person of interest in order to prevent her from leaving the country as she was already booked on a flight to Japan.Nothing is straight-forward in this book. The prosecuting attorney, Elizabeth Pullios, has a single minded agenda to win every prosecution at all costs. The business partner doesn't seem to know much about the missing Owen Nash outside the office, and the daughter, Celine Nash seems to have a vendetta against the accused mistress, May Shinn. The judge assigned the case is Dismas' former father-in-law and his behaviour is more than a little strange.

  • Jen
    2019-04-08 02:27

    Dismas Hardy returns in the third book from John Lescroart's series. The opening finds Dismas and Frannie married with baby Rebecca and another baby on the way. Dismas has left bartending behind and is now working for the San Francisco Prosecutor's office as an assistant D.A. Dismas is the low man on the totem pole in the D.A.'s office so he's dealing with the crap cases. That is until he discovers a hand in the belly of a dead shark. When the rest of the body washes ashore with bullet holes, Dismas is assigned to work with Elizabeth Poolios (sp?) to prosecute the victims call-girl girlfriend. At least that's the side of the court room Dismas starts out on. By the end of the novel, he's working from the defense table.I listened to this Hardy novel on audio book, which was read by David Colacci. He did a fair job but his range of voices isn't quite sufficient for the number of characters in this novel. Some of the characters begin to sound alike. But otherwise he does a decent job. He narrated both novels prior to this one as well, and I've come to associate his voice with Hardy.There isn't a great change in characters for this novel. Dismas' ex Jane and her father Andy are back. Elizabeth Poolios becomes a major player in this novel and she falls into a stereotypical female with power role. For the most part I really enjoy Dismas as a character, but as a female reader his brush with infidelity rubbed me a little the wrong way. I wonder if that differs for male readers? I guess deep down somewhere I'm just an old romantic at heart! The plot takes on a number of twists, but I was able to figure out the end quite early. It was still an enjoyable book to listen to and I'm interested to see where Lescroart takes Hardy from here.

  • Jane Giardino
    2019-04-07 20:27

    The book was overly long. I enjoyed it enough to keep reading...I like the characters...but raced through to the end to find out whodunnit.

  • Marcia
    2019-04-10 23:28

    I really liked this book, but I had two unanswered questions at the end. Throughout the reading, I thought the most important questions was this: After Owen Nash was killed on his boat, who could have sailed it back to port in difficult conditions? May could not have done it since she was only a passenger a few times. So, the obvious person was Celine Nash, who frequently sailed with her father. The police did not ask this question during their initial investigation. Why not? The book casually mentioned that Andy Fowler was capable of sailing the boat, but because he had never done so previously, he was unfamiliar with this particular boat. Also, what happened to the distinctive coat that the dock worker saw the woman wearing who had boarded the boat after the murder? It was not in May's house, and she made a point to say that it had been on the vessel and thought that the police had it. Most likely, Celine Nash disposed of it as soon as she cleared the pier area. Even so, this was an interesting story and showed the development of Dismas Hardy's character in his new life as husband and father.

  • Susan Brown
    2019-04-05 18:14

    Have just finished this, the 3rd Dismas Hardy novel and I just could not put it down. I have found when reading courtroom dramas I usually get lost in all of the lawyer-speak and great leaps of faith that some authors take. Not so with John Lescroart's gripping read. I love to be able to get to know the characters in a novel, get under their skin so to speak, and Mr Lescroart makes this this very easy. Understanding the legal twists and turns was easy too. This novel was first published in 1993 so it is not by any stretch of the imagination a new novel. I am not surprised the character of Dismas Hardy lives on for several (at least 13 that I am aware of) more novels. Hardy is such a likeable character, a family man who is caring and kind. He reminds me somewhat of Michael Connelly's great detective Harry Bosch. Now THAT is high praise indeed from me!

  • Deb Jones
    2019-03-29 22:17

    This third novel in the Dismas Hardy series kept me enthralled throughout. In "Hard Evidence" Hardy is now working as an assistant district attorney. He's a newlywed with an adopted infant daughter and another on the way. Hardy's not thrilled that as one of the low men on the totem pole, his caseload consists of petty crimes committed by lowlife criminals. He understands its the pecking order in the DA's office, but still, he'd like to sink his teeth into something more substantial."Be careful what you wish for," might well describe the substantial case that comes his way. In the midst of working long hours and the distractions of the job, Hardy's marriage hits a rocky patch. Our hero, as principled as he is, is still a flawed human-being. Can he win his case and keep his happiness? The courtroom drama and Hardy's personal situation keep the readers turning the pages.

  • J
    2019-04-04 19:04

    BEWARE OF SPOILERS. I don't hide or promote my reviews.This was my first Dismas Hardy mystery, which I read some months ago and therefore has become hazy in my memory.In this installment, which is fairly early in the series, lawyer Dismas is fresh in his second "tour of duty" in the district attorney's office, he has recently wed Frannie, he has fairly recently left bartending (and over-drinking?)Dismas happens upon a dead body (fished out of the Bay by aquarium personnel) and is the first to appreciate that the corpse (missing a finger) may represent murder rather than accidental death.Solving the mystery of the body's identity and cause of death takes up the rest of the book.To be cryptic (and yet not cryptic enough for the people who read reviews to decide whether to read the book -- which is backwards, in my estimation): Think incest.

  • Keri
    2019-04-24 00:01

    This is the 3rd book in the Dismas Hardy series and you can tell that JL is still giving Dismas some growth as a character. The book was very good, it has murder, sexual favors, greed and other things that shall go unmentioned here. Dismas gets involved, when a software tycoon comes up dead. He starts out on the prosecution side trying to pin the murder on the tycoon's mistress. Then through a twist ends up on the defense side defending his ex-father in law who also happens to be a judge, for the same murder, after the mistress is acquitted . The entire book was pretty twisted, but I did figure it out about 1/3 away through. I like Dismas, but didn't like some of his actions in this book. I have read later books and know he is a good guy. These books don't necessarily have to be read in order. The 13th Juror and Nothing But the Truth are two of my favs.