John Lescroart is a master of the complicated criminal novel plot. He keeps the story under control, not letting it spin off into unbelievability or triteness as so many other writers do. Lescroart is a true master of the genre: Nobody does it better. His characters are stunningly believable, his courtroom dialog is sharply authentic, but most of all, his intricate plots are masterpieces. And just when you think you've identified the villain (after changing your mind about five times) Lescroart pulls the rug out from under you and you find it was the guy standing quietly in the back behind the scenery. When completing a Lescroart novel, I always have a strong feeling of satisfaction, knowing that I had just completed a good read and had not wasted my time. Many authors fail to deliver, but Lescroart bats 1.000, which translates in this case to five stars.
Why would a wife go to jail to protect another man? Great murder mystery.
Dismas knows his wife, Frannie, is the most reliable of mothers. When she fails to pick up their children from school one afternoon, he's convinced something terrible has happened. It has: Frannie Hardy is in jail. Called before the grand jury in a murder investigation, she refused to reveal a secret entrusted to her by a man whose children attend the same school as hers, a friend who is accused of killing his wife. But now he has disappeared. Hardy knows there's only one way to get Frannie out of jail: clear her friend of murder. That is, if he can be found.
Dismus Hardy gets a call that his wife did not pick up the kids from school, and he is worried. She is in jail. Now it is up to Dismus to find the truth.
She's the perfect wife and mother til she goes to jail for contempt.
Another great entry in a good S.F. series. Recommended
Great legal thriller in the Dismas Hardy series.
A winning thriller. A San Francisco attorney's wife doesn't pick up the children at school. Turns out she is in jail. Great reading to find out why!
From the back of the book: When San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy gets a call saying his wife never picked the kids up from school, he's worried. Frannie's a great mother. Turns out there's a good explanation: She's in jail.
This was a good introduction to me of Lescroart's work. A good fast-moving mystery.
Book #8 - Dismas Hardy is now a friend and I can't wait to read all of them!
Lots to unravel about attorney whose wife ends up in jail proteecting another man
My first book by this author. I suppose it is ok for an officer of the court to condone custodial interference. That was my biggest problem with the book. Certainly fictional, but just too far fetched. This would not happen. A lawyer working "unofficially" with and then without police, luckily grandparents of a dead former husband can take care of children, just too far fetched!