Book Reviews of The First Law (Dismas Hardy, Bk 9)

The First Law (Dismas Hardy, Bk 9)
The First Law - Dismas Hardy, Bk 9
Author: John T. Lescroart
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ISBN-13: 9780451210227
ISBN-10: 0451210220
Publication Date: 1/6/2004
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 109 ratings
Publisher: Signet Book
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
I really enjoy John Lescroart's books so this one was a real disappointment. Hardy and Glitsky, normally full of character were just going through the motions in this book. Reading it was like walking through sludge instead of zipping through. That is the problem with being excellent, good is not good enough.
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Helpful Score: 1
Story of corruption, murder and mayhem of the Patrol Specials, a private police force in San Francisco that keeps watch for paying clients. It seems as if those who can't pay or don't want to pay are harassed or even murdered by Patrol Special employees. Dismas Hardy is hired as an attorney to pursue a large lawsuit against the Patrol Specials by their victims. Events get hairy for Hardy when he's hired to defend a friend, John Holiday, who's accused of murdering a shopkeeper who stopped paying for protection from the Patrol Special force. Dismas suspects it's one of the Patrol's employees who committed the murder and as he investigates with the help of a city policeman, he becomes stymied at every corner. Even his life is threathened. Well written with plot, characters, setting and dialogue all flowing together nicely. Pretty suspenseful.
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Helpful Score: 1
"The First Law" seemed to be a closure for the Hardy/Glitsky series that has been going on since the first novel "Dead Irish". I am a fan of Lescroart for the style and flow of his books though almost all his novels, the end comes like a revelation to Dismas. But, this one was a bit of a stretch making the city like a pawn for the big bad wolf. In spite of it, the book was very entertaining, however, I hated seeing David die. I would definitely recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 1
fast paced all the way to the end
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Helpful Score: 1
A well-paced legal thriller.
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Where Dismas and Abbe rid the streets of the really bad untouchable guy
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"Lieutenant Abe Glitsky becomes involved in the investigation of a murdered family friend when the prime suspect's lawyer turns to him for help, a request that places both of their careers in jeopardy." - worldcat.org

Great Police Fiction set in San Fancisco California.
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After recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound, Lieutenant Abe Glitsky is back at work with the San Francisco Police Department. But instead of returning to his old job as chief of the homicide detail, he's assigned a desk job in payroll. Glitsky has no business investigating murders until his father's closest friend is shot dead in a downtown pawnshop.

Proded by his father, Glitsky asks the new homicide lieutenant about the case, but the brass tells him in no uncertain terms to stay out of it. Guyided by the Patrol Special - a private police force supervised by the SFPD that is a holdover from San Francisco's vigilante past, the police have already targeted their prime suspect: John Holiday, proprietor of a run-down locla bar and a friend and client of Dismas Hardy.
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A lot of action -- fast moving.
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Awesome, exciting book with lots of twists in the plot. Bad guys everywhere! lol Featuring Abe Glitsky (San Francisco police lieutenant) and Dismas Hardy (defense attorney), the book begins with a pawn shop robbery where a friend of Abe's father was murdered. The men who did this do all they can to put the blame on Dismas's friend, John Holiday. John was getting victims to come forward for brutality of a private security company so he had to go and had to be punished. The conspiracy goes deep and Abe can't help since he is now head of payroll not homicide. Things come to a head when the prosecuting attorney is badly beaten and Abe and Dismas's families were threatened. A very good book!
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5 STAR. This is a great book with the normal suspense by Dismas and Abe as they go about what they do with a new twist. I try to real all legal thrillers and John Lescroart ranks among the BEST.
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I just love John Lescroart's books. I just finished The First Law tonight - Abe, Dismas, Abe's Dad, Frannie, her brother - the kids; all are actively involved in this mystery. Dismas and Abe have to decide how far they are willing to go to protect their families.
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I enjoyed reading this book. A good cop mystery/thriller.
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Well done Dismas story. Keeps your interest all the way.
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San Francisco cop story.
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If you like the Dismas Hardy series, you will really like this book.
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A suspenseful crime story that made you think the good guys couldn't win, and the bad guys had convincing arguments. Lescroart keeps the reader wondering until the end.
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great book
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This is a very interesting series that takes place in San Francisco and has a very likeable protagonist (a lawyer and former bartender), his charming wife and his best friend, the good but hard cop. The dialog and family life are particularly good as are the various relationships depicted besides for the plot which is like the cherry on top.
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Excellent legal thriller
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John Lescroart has become my favorite author. His books are thrilling to the end. It's hard for me to put one down when I start reading it. This book is just a good as the rest.
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Another great Dismas Hardy story...this one with a great twist!
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A WILD RIDE OF EXCITEMENT WITH MANY UPS AND DOWNS
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Another good Lescroat book starring Dismas Hardy,paired up with Abe Glinsky.
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Very involved mystery bringing characters together.
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From Publishers Weekly
Abe Glitsky, the gruff, hard-nosed homicide cop from San Francisco who typically plays a supporting role in Lescroart's line of legal thrillers (Hard Evidence; The Hearing; etc.), takes center stage in the series's 11th entry. After convalescing for 13 months from a gunshot wound suffered in last year's The Oath, Glitsky finally returns to the force, only to discover that his beloved homicide detail is now under the command of someone else. Glitsky is assigned to head the payroll department. Embittered about his new job and itching to return to real police work, Glitsky starts poking around when one of his father's friends, a pawnshop owner, is shot to death. His superiors warn him to stop trying to horn his way back into homicide, but it soon becomes apparent to Glitsky-and the series's usual star, defense attorney Dismas Hardy-that the case is far more significant than a simple robbery gone bad; it's part of a string of murders that appear to be connected to a private security company that provides protection for much of the city's business community. Worse, somebody on the police force is trying to cover up the murder spree and frame one of Hardy's clients for it. With his latest, Lescroart again lands in the top tier of crime fiction. On display are his usual strengths-a grasp of current social and legal issues, an insider's knowledge of San Francisco and an ability to draw characters with sensitive, nuanced strokes. Even when his plots grow a little far-fetched-as this one does toward the end-Lescroart's storytelling skills conceal the blemishes.
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Someone gave this to me and I didn't care to read it.
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Sorry, I have not read this book
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I haven't read this book. It was given to me by a friend who DID enjoy it but I'm not sure it's my type of book. It's set in San Francisco and was a main selection of the Literary Guild.
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Good for reading while on vacation laying on a beach with a pina colata!