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Poison
2018
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When the steely owner of a successful family business is murdered, attorney Dismas Hardy doubts the guilt of a chief suspect and instead combs through a maelstrom of dangerous secrets and gold-digger agendas to identify a killer among the victim's numerous heirs. By the New York Times best-selling author of Fatal. - (Baker & Taylor)

In this riveting new book by “master of the legal thriller” (Chicago Sun-Times) John Lescroart, attorney Dismas Hardy investigates the murder of a wealthy man whose heirs are all potential suspects.

Finally recovered from two glancing gunshot wounds, Dismas Hardy is looking forward to easing into retirement and reconnecting with his family. But he is pulled back into the courtroom when Grant Wagner, the steely owner of a successful family business, is murdered. The prime suspect is Wagner’s bookkeeper Abby Jarvis, a former client of Hardy’s, who had been receiving large sums of cash under-the-table from the company—but she insists that she’s innocent.

Preparing for trial, Dismas investigates the Wagner clan, discovering dark, twisted secrets, jealous siblings, gold-digging girlfriends, betrayals, and blackmail. The closer he gets to the Wagners, the clearer it becomes that Dismas has a target painted on his back. With Lescroart’s razor-sharp dialogue and whip-smart plotting, Poison is a nail-biter that will keep you guessing until the very last page. - (Simon and Schuster)

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Booklist Reviews

In 1989, Lescroart introduced us to San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy, and then, in turn, to Hardy's crime-fighting colleagues, including Abe Glitsky, Wyatt Hunt, and Devin Juhle, and he has brought them all forward through time in more than 20 skillful legal suspense novels. Hardy has been trying to ease into retirement following two gunshot wounds (The Fall, 2015), but before long he finds himself entangled in an intense family drama, with a $25-million inheritance at stake, while defending a former client who has been indicted for murder. He experiences some conflict of his own at home when his wife, Franny, who is, ironically, a marriage and family counselor, reaches her limit with Dismas' danger-drenched life. The narrative flows effortlessly and includes a Perry Mason–worthy moment when Hardy manifests a bit of courtroom magic. Lescroart is a perfect choice for readers who enjoy great ensemble casts. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews

So what if bookkeeper Abby Jarvis was embezzling funds from a business owned by the Carver family for four generations? It doesn't mean she killed her boss, family patriarch Grant Carver. Coming out of semiretirement, series hero Dismas Hardy discovers lots of skeletons rattling about the Carvers' capacious closets.

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Library Journal Reviews

After three decades as a San Francisco attorney, encouraged by his wife, Dismas Hardy is slowing down while recovering from gunshot wounds from an earlier case. Then Abby Jarvis, a former client, is arrested for the murder of her wealthy lover/employer Grant Wagner, and Hardy is drawn to her case. Two other murders make it clear Abby isn't the killer. Seeking a connection among all three crimes and feeling that his own family may be endangered, Hardy is desperate to make something happen. The Wagner adult children are squabbling over finances, blackmail looms, and nearly everyone has a secret. Not even his policeman friend Abe Glitsky nor his investigator Wyatt Hunt fully appreciate Hardy's situation. In this 17th of the Dismas Hardy legal thrillers (after The Fall), Lescroart avoids much courtroom action, instead relying heavily on the recurring secondary characters familiar to fans of earlier titles, with the San Francisco setting another character. Plenty of attention is given to Hardy's family relations and his wife's unhappiness with his work. VERDICT Readers may guess the solution well before the author reveals it, but Lescroart's fans still will enjoy this one.—Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale

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