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Publisher's Summary

When the head of San Francisco's largest HMO dies in his own hospital, no one doubts that it is anything but the result of massive injuries inflicted by a random hit-and-run accident. But the autopsy soon tells a different story - an overdose of potassium killed him, and the attending physician, Eric Kensing, becomes the prime suspect in a high-profile homicide. Homicide lieutenant Abe Glitsky, though hindered by the inept bungling of two politically appointed cops assigned to the investigation, quickly sets his sights on Kensing. Desperate and in need of an attorney, Kensing turns to lawyer Dismas Hardy for his defense. But as the pressure mounts to indict Kensing, Hardy goes on the offensive, believing that the murder had little to do with his client, and everything to do with business. Hardy knows that all is not well with the HMO, and makes a terrifying discovery: too many patients have been dying, many of them victims of murder - and it looks like it is the hospital that is killing them.
His own marriage tested and his family strained as he struggles to save his client, Hardy must uncover a twisting conspiracy of avarice and violence that takes the lives it is sworn to save. A timely and gripping novel that puts lives - and a long-standing friendship - at grave risk.
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©2004 John Lescroart (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Pam Sturgess on 05-20-13

I'm an IDIOT! Don't YOU be an idiot. Skip this one

As is my habit, when an author I like comes out with a new title, I go back and start from the beginning and listen to ALL of his books before listenting to the new book. As i went through the Dismas Hardy books this time, I wondered why I didn't have The Oath, The First Law or The Hearing in my library. I purchased and downloaded all 3 WITHOUT rereading the reviews. Then I found out why I had NOT purchased them previously. This is one of the all-time worse narrators every to record a book. It's even more horrible because a couple of these are key book in the series. He actually does a lisping detective (REALLY?!!) What purpose does that serve. Hardy's voice read by Lawrence is nasal and whiny. I can't begin to express how difficult it was to listen to these. BEWARE!

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Tess C. on 01-06-12

Excellent Hospital Crime Drama in San Francisco

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you enjoy the Dismas Hardy series, I would definitely recommend this audio book

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Oath?

Oath starts out a little slow but often this is necessary, to set the various scenes.
I enjoyed this audio book and once i got to part 2, I could not stop listening

Which character – as performed by Robert Lawrence – was your favorite?

I thought the Hospital CEO , who was corrupt , was fascinating.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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