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The Mercy Rule by John Lescroart

The Mercy Rule (original 1998; edition 1998)

by John Lescroart

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Title:The Mercy Rule
Authors:John Lescroart
Info:Delacorte Press (1998), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 480 pages
Collections:John Lescroart
Tags:Dismas Hardy, (5), Rd 2004

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The Mercy Rule by John Lescroart (1998)



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"The Mercy Rule" is a story that one will remember long after the book is finished. Dismas Hardy is back in the role of defense attorney and sometimes that means being at odds with his best friend since the friend is Lt. Abe Glitsky now in homicide but both always remember where the friendship began when they were both young cops walking their beat. Diz's client, Graham Russo, an estate case suddenly becomes a client charged with murder. The prosecutor begins his case with "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury. The defendant, Graham Russo, murdered his father for money." But opening statements may be simple but there's always more to the story. This story is an evocative portrayal of the multiple complexities of assisted suicide between definitions - from the viewpoint of humanity vs. from the law.
The story is also compelling due to the introduction of new characters to the series, Sarah Evans and her partner, Marcel Lanier - the Sal Russo investigating team working for Abe. One of the wonderful things about Sarah is on a night home alone, "Carrying her afghan in from the bedroom, she gets herself settled in her chair and spent most of another hour finishing a paperback about Kat Colorado going on tour with a country singer in Nashville, saving the woman's life, of course, winning another one for the good guys. Sarah liked these books about women private eyes, especially the quick-witted, smart-mouthed ones. She didn't fancy herself like them, but it was fun to live in their shoes for the space of a book..." Oh yes, I definitely like Sarah Evan's choice of private eye, Kat Colorado, Sacramento Private Investigator created by Karen Kijewski.
As I've said in other reviews of John Lescroart's titles, this is not my first read of a title by John Lescroart nor my first read about character Dismas Hardy and definitely will not be my last. ( )
1 vote Corduroy7 | Aug 6, 2014 |
Solid Dismas Hardy story although it dragged a bit in the middle. Overall a good, solid read. Dismas Hardy and John Lescroart make good "filler authors" between Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly releases. ( )
1 vote rdurant1217 | Mar 7, 2010 |
Pretty good, though I found it hard to get in to. I thought the ending was a good surprise. ( )
  jlouise77 | May 5, 2009 |
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Dismas Hardy, the dart-playing, saloon-keeping lawyer who is one of John Lescroart's most consistently interesting and appealing heroes, faces a dilemma: if he can prove to a jury that Graham Russo helped his father Sal kill himself because the sick old man asked him to, a liberal San Francisco jury will probably vote to acquit Graham of first-degree murder. Hardy would love to plead manslaughter to escape the wrath of the state's attorney general who wants to nail Graham. However, despite the evidence against him, Graham insists he didn't do it. What is a lawyer to do, and who can he believe?

Although Lescroart leads the reader up and down a few blind alleys before the truth comes out, the mystery's not the thing here. It's the characters and their back stories that make this such a good read. Foremost among them is Graham, who washed out of pro baseball and walked out of a promising law career before finding the father who once deserted him long ago. The core of the story is Graham's relationship with Sal, who's losing his mind to Alzheimer's but may still be a threat to a federal judge who was once his closest friend. Then there's Sarah Evans, the homicide cop who falls in love with her suspect. For good measure, there are some changes in the lives of those characters who are familiar to readers from other Dismas Hardy adventures--Abe Glitsky, the half Jewish, half black cop; Drysdale, the D.A. who's been beaten in court by Dismas in previous outings; Frannie, Dismas's wife; Moses, his brother-in-law; and Dismas himself, who becomes more interesting every time Lescroart brings him back. While the pacing is langorous and the denouement not as tight as it might be, The Mercy Rule provides a complex and satisfying reading experience. --Jane Adams

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"Once Dismas Hardy was a cop. Now he spends his day in a lawyer's suit, billing hours to a corporate client in a downtown San Francisco office. Hardy's wife and kids like it that way. Then one client changes everythng."--BOOK JACKET.

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