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As always, John Lescroart delivers an totally satisfying read with "The Second Chair." Also as always, David Colacci brings this novel to life with his excellent narration. Anyone contemplating listening to "The Second Chair" will probably enjoy it more if they have already listened to the previous novel in this series, "The First Law;" because "The Second Chair" makes several references back to events in "The First Law." These events, in turn, explain the anguish that our protagonists -- best friends Dismus Hardy and Abe Glitsky -- are suffering here. In general, it will reward the reader to listen to Mr. Lescroart's novels in sequence, because, as the characters develop over time, we begin taking proprietary interest in their lives and their predicaments. Lescroart's novels can accurately be called legal thrillers -- because most of them do contain a trial, and they always involve clever legal shenanigans -- but they can also be categorized as mysteries, police procedurals, and dramas. For instance, we learn from Mr. Lescroart's stories that defense lawyers need to generally assume the guilt of their clients, and work around that guilt. But, in the case of "The Second Chair" (and several other novels in this series), we discover that the attorney is actually defending an innocent person ... just as the attorney herself is making that discovery. Then the attorney must resort to the "SODDIT" ("Some Other Dude Did It") defense. The SODDIT defense works best if the attorney -- with or without the help of police detectives -- can discover the identity of the "other dude." The ensuing investigation transforms the novel into a thriller. "The Second Chair" definitely provides thrills, along with the requisite surprise ending.
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I really enjoyed this one. It is a mystery with enough clues to allow the reader to guess the villain without being terribly disappointed by the ending. I've read most of the books in the Dismas Hardy series, and this is one of the more believable, action-packed stories, with substantial character development of Amy Wu and others besides the usual insights and foibles of Hardy and Glitsky.
Hardy & Glitsky age throughout the series so this would not be the best place to start. I recommend going back at least to book 3, Hard Evidence.
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