From New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart, a riveting new novel of legal suspense featuring Dismas Hardy and his daughter, Rebecca, now grown up and an associate in Hardy's law firm.
Late one night, a teenage African American foster child named Tanya Morgan plummets to her death from the overpass above San Francisco's Stockton tunnel. But did she fall...or was she pushed?
Rushing to produce a convictable suspect in the glare of the media spotlight, homicide inspectors focus their attention on a naïve young man named Greg Treadway. Greg is a middle school teacher and he volunteers as a Special Advocate for foster children. At first, the only thing connecting him to Tanya's death is the fact that they shared a meal earlier that night. But soon enough, elements of that story seem to fall apart...and Hardy's daughter, Rebecca, finds herself drawn into the young man's defense.
By the time Greg's murder trial gets underway, Dismas and Rebecca have unearthed several other theories about the crime: a missing stepfather who'd sexually assaulted her; a roommate who ran a call girl service; a psychologically unstable birth mother; and a mysterious homeless man who may have had dealings with Tanya. Or Greg Treadway himself, who is perhaps not all that he first appeared. But how will they get these theories in front of a jury? And if they can, what price will they have to pay?
With signature suspense and intricate plotting, The Fall puts Dismas Hardy and his only daughter in the middle of one of John Lescroart's most complex and thrilling cases yet.
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I love these guys.
This is an odd question. I may listen to it again, but by the time I got around to it, Mr. Lescroart may have written book number 17! I have been listening to these books for as long as I can remember, probably twenty years or more. You might think that the series would become formulaic by now, but it just does not. Mr. Lescroart is so smart, and so creative, and Mr. Colacci is such a terrific narrator, that they keep surprising me. The characters keep growing in real time, not being frozen as in other serials. You get to know them better, and each of them changes with time. In this book, Rebecca Hardy is a grown woman, not just Dismas's daughter, and she is a lawyer in his firm. She defends a man named Greg Treadway in a murder trial in San Francisco, where the series is set. The whole plot is impossible to describe in this context, but take it from me, it is so readable that you will not put it down for very long.
Rebecca is my favorite character. She has grown up with a lot of her father's smart-ass humor and wit, and she is like him a terrific attorney. Once again Abe Glitzky plays a crucial role in the case, and, as I have said before, this is such great writing that I feel like I know these people in real life.
This is the entire reason why I love audiobooks. The performance, when it is this good, makes the experience so real, so vivid that it is a little like an eleven hour movie that you get to cast in your head. At the end I am really amazed at how many people Mr. Colacci can convince you are not just leaping out of his imagination and his skill. It is just an astonishing talent.
I can't do that, and I don't really want to. Eleven hours at a stretch? You have got to be kidding me.
You can start anywhere in this series. Just please start somewhere. I feel a little bit like I am selling you something here, but I am no salesman. This is great entertainment. I hope you get to enjoy it like I do.
- Richard Delman