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The Rule of Law
18th Dismas Hardy novel
In “master of the legal thriller” (Chicago Sun-Times) John Lescroart’s electrifying new novel, attorney Dismas Hardy is called to defend the least likely suspect of his career.
Dismas Hardy knows something is amiss with his trusted secretary, Phyllis. Her out-of-character behavior and sudden disappearances concern Hardy, especially when he learns that her convict brother—a man who had served twenty-five years in prison for armed robbery and attempted murder—has just been released.
Things take a shocking turn when Phyllis is suddenly arrested at work for allegedly being an accessory to the murder of Hector Valdez, a coyote who’d been smuggling women into this country from El Salvador and Mexico. That is, until recently, when he was shot to death—on the very same day that Phyllis first disappeared from work. The connection between Phyllis, her brother, and Hector’s murder is not something Dismas can easily understand, but if his cherished colleague has any chance of going free, he needs to put all the pieces together—and fast.
“Enthralling… Sharp dialogue and a timely plot help make this entry a winner.”
“Lescroart’s novels are known as much for their abundantly human characters as they are for their rigorously plotted stories, and this one is a showcase for both of those attributes.”
“Vintage Lescroart, drawing on parallels between real-life and hot-button issues while also providing top-notch entertainment.”
—The Real Book Spy
“Lescroart plots so cleverly that he has you believing his split-level thriller is really a single foreshortened novel. The perfect read…”
“Lescroart’s polished craftsmanship is solid here, as are his robust characterizations of three-dimensional characters and compelling plot… a highlight in Lescroart’s publishing career.”
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