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Publisher's Summary

The first victim is Dylan Vogler, a charming ex-convict who manages the Bay Beans West coffee shop in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. When his body is found, inspectors discover that his knapsack is filled with high-grade marijuana. It soon becomes clear that San Francisco's A-list flocked to Bay Beans West not only for their caffeine fix. But how much did Maya Townshend - the beautiful socialite niece of the city's mayor, and the absentee owner of the shop - know about what was going on inside her business? And how intimate had she really been with Dylan, her old college friend?
As another of Maya's acquaintances falls victim to murder, and as the names of the dead men's celebrity, political, and even law-enforcement customers come to light, tabloid-fueled controversy takes the investigation into the realms of conspiracy and cover-up. Prosecutors close in on Maya, who has a deep secret of her own - a secret she needs to protect at all costs during her very public trial, where not only her future but the entire political landscape of San Francisco hangs in the balance, hostage to an explosive secret that Dismas Hardy is privilegebound to protect.
©2009 John Lescroart (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 10-16-09

A 'Law and Order' Type Story

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Ed on 04-20-11

Well-constructed plot

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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3 out of 5 stars
By c on 06-06-15

Not Enough Thrills in This Thriller

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Consultant on 02-20-15

Nail biting

Well written and only reveals the protagonist at the end. Highly recommend. A good read and consistent with the author's other works

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