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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?
©2009 John Lescroart (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Snoodely on 02-19-10

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Jacqui on 07-29-12

This book is excellent

If you could sum up The Mercy Rule in three words, what would they be?

Exciting fast paced & engaging

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes lists of twists & turns, good plot.

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Any additional comments?

The reader had good enunciation but also realistic expression, very easy to listen to. Not over played s in some audible books. Very easy listening.

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