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This story struck me as a full length movie version of Law and Order. It opens with a crime, the detectives do the investigation, an arrest is made, and the lawyers finish the story.
It is well written and clever. This is an accomplishment as the neither the crime or method of solution are extraordinary. Yet, I found myself wrapped up in the story wanting to know what was going to happen next. It has many of the classic elements of this kind of story: police with biases and agendas; district attorneys with agendas; the lone defense attorney who has to fight the police, the district attorney and deal with local politics, the defendant who is reluctant to tell of her past which may or may not have anything to do with the crime.
If you like this genre, you are likely to enjoy this book.,
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This book was well-written and didn't leave the impression, as many thrillers do, that the author was making plot decisions on the fly. I personally had the wrong person pegged as the villain, but when the mystery unfolded, everything fell logically into place. The narrator did an excellent job on altering his tone and cadence, allowing for quick identification of who was speaking. Not the best book that was ever written but it did well on all counts and synergistically earned five stars. An excellent offering by Lescroart.
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What did you like best about A Plague of Secrets? What did you like least?
I like the main character Dismas Hardy and in general these books (I've read 2 in the series) are quite well written . Using what I see as a sort of 'comfortable and routine formula' they draw the reader into a setting of familiar characters, fairly involved plots and then the ultimate courtroom where it all gets sorted out. Problem is for me that there's very little in the way of thrills and suspense and just too many scenarios where I have to suspend disbelief. Just a bit too tame and predictable for me.
Would you recommend A Plague of Secrets to your friends? Why or why not?
Yes if they don't like hard hitting and scary thrillers.
Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favourite?
Dismas Hardy but David Colacci is a very capable narrator and the delivery is just right for these novels.
Could you see A Plague of Secrets being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
Might make a series I suppose but its all very lightweight. Not what most people want these days I don't think.
Any additional comments?
Nothing wrong with the tried and tested formula used here but for me there are too many implausible incidents and just not enough thrills. I love courtroom dramas but feel more than a little let down after listening to 2 Dismas Hardy's. Might try 1 more before I give up.
Well written and only reveals the protagonist at the end. Highly recommend. A good read and consistent with the author's other works