The Mercy Rule : Dismas Hardy

  • by John Lescroart
  • Narrated by David Colacci
  • Series: Dismas Hardy
  • 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Mercy Rule is a brilliant and moving human drama set against a backdrop of relentless suspense, legal complexity and moral ambiguity. Dismas Hardy, the former bartender, loving husband and father, and reluctant defense attorney of The 13th Juror, returns here in his most challenging case.Vowing to spend more time with his family, Dismas is hesitant to represent Graham Russo, a could-have-been-great baseball player turned lawyer who is indicted for the murder of his father, Sal. Everyone close to the Russos knew that Sal was dying and that he needed morphine injections to ease his suffering. Graham admits to administering these injections, but insists he wasn't there the night of Sal's overdose.Was it suicide, mercy, or murder?

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Masterful story-telling

John Lescroart frequently builds his stories around a burning issue of the day. In the case of "The Mercy Rule," he addresses assisted suicide -- which, although "The Mercy Rule" was written back in 1998, remains a burning issue today. Throughout the audiobook, most of the characters are assuming that Graham Russo assisted in his father's suicide; sparking a lively debate in the media, and causing the listener to contemplate the issue. In fact, John Lescroart ALWAYS makes us think when we listen to his novels. David Colacci provides the perfect, versatile voice for narrating this story. A few details date these older Lescroart novels -- like, for instance, the novelty of cell phones and the relatively primitive stage of personal computers back in those days -- but, otherwise, they continue to intrigue and inspire. I would recommend "The Mercy Rule" to all fans of carefully-crafted legal thrillers.
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- Snoodely

Best Yet in the series

This is the 5th book about Dismas Hardy, the bartender turned lawyer in San Francisco. I am from San Francisco and Lescroart captures the essence and feel of the city. If you love San Francisco, you will enjoy the descriptions and locales used in the book. The story has a murder (of course), investigation, courtroom drama and a hot button social issue of assisted suicide. The reader does a good job of telling the story and making the characters 'real. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader interested. There is a scene at the end where the characters are placed in physical danger that seems a bit displaced and the actual murderer is a bit dissappointing but overall this is a great read. If you are a Lescroart fan you will not be dissappointed and if you're new to his works, you will be entertained.
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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-12-2009
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio