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The Motive by John Lescroart

The Motive (2004)

by John Lescroart

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Very good read. Exciting and detailed and excellent insight in court room action. Perhaps a bit too detailed and long for my tastes but a very good read nevertheless. He paints some very visual scenes with his descriptions. I plan to try him again real soon. ( )
1 vote repb | Oct 31, 2014 |
The Motive starts off with a fire at a Victorian house where a prominent San Francisco businessman and his girlfriend are killed, not from the fire, but from bullets to the head. The businessman turns out to be a friend of the mayor. When the case stalls, the mayor hands it over to Abe Glitsky. Meanwhile the deceased’s daughter-in-law hires Dismas Hardy to represent her. She happens to be an old flame of Dismis, something that brings tension between he and his wife. This starts a winding investigation that involves with the auto-towing industry.

The novel has many twists and turns along with a good bit of intrigue along the way. Glitsky and Hardy are ostensibly on opposite sides, but as expected they wind up teaming up. There was nothing earth-shattering about the plot or the characterization. It’s not a novel that will resonate long after you read it, but it fairly entertaining, and not a bad read.

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1 vote Carl_Alves | Mar 8, 2014 |
I enjoyed this book, but am giving it a mixed review. The only distracting thing is the failure of both cops and defense attorney to adequately investigate the case before trial. The things that were investigated during the trial would never have been missed in real life, particularly in a high-profile situation. Nevertheless, determining motivation was very interesting. In addition, there was a lot about the pleasures and minefields of loving marriages, which you don't see too often in murder mysteries. ( )
  cherilove | Aug 11, 2010 |
Excellent book! It kept my interest trying to figure out 'who dunnit.' Not your typical ending, and I liked that. David Colacci does a great job narrating. ( )
  bohemiangirl35 | May 16, 2010 |
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  vgwb | Oct 18, 2009 |
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Out of the crooked tree of humanity
no straight thing can ever be made.

          —Immanuel Kant
To Lisa Sawyer

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By location alone, a block from Fillmore Street as it passes through the upwardly challenged Hayes Valley, Alamo Square would not be among the sexier neighborhoods in San Francisco.
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With their park view and old-fashioned detail, the Victorian houses on San Francisco's Steiner Street were highly valuable. But with their wooden construction, they were also  highly vulnerable. So when Paul Hanover's multimillion-dollar home went up in flames, it was all over very quickly. And when the bodies of Hanover and his girlfriend were found in the charred debris, it appeared that the end came even more quickly for them-judging from the bullet holes in their heads. But this isn't just any double homicide. Hanover was a friend-and donor-to the mayor, who wants answers. And in trying to provide them, Abe Glitsky and Dismas Hardy will face an old lover and an old enemy-and follow a trail of evidence that stretches far beyond their usual jurisdiction.

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In the wake of the high-profile double murders of a politically-connected socialite and his glamorous fiance e, Abe Glitsky is placed at the head of the controversial investigation.

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