Poison

Poison

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First Atria Books hardcover edition.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR

"Lescroart never ceases to amaze his fans. The wit, the timing, the dialogue--everything combines to give this author yet another bestseller and provide readers with a fast-paced, memorable thriller." -- Suspense Magazine

"The narrative flows effortlessly and includes a Perry Mason-worthy moment when Hardy manifests a bit of courtroom magic. Lescroart is a perfect choice for readers who enjoy great ensemble casts." -- Booklist

In John Lescroart's latest thriller, San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy is called upon to investigate the murder of a wealthy man whose heirs are all potential suspects.

Dismas Hardy is looking forward to easing into retirement and reconnecting with his family after recovering from two glancing gunshot wounds courtesy of a recent client. But this plan is cut short when, against his wife's wishes, he is pulled back into the courtroom by the murder of Grant Wagner, the steely owner of a successful family business. The prime suspect is Wagner's bookkeeper, Abby Jarvis, a former client of Hardy's who had been receiving large sums of cash under-the-table from the company--but she insists that she's innocent and Dismas wants to believe her.

As he prepares for trial, Dismas probes deeply into the Wagner clan's history, discovering dark secrets, jealous siblings, gold-digging girlfriends, startling betrayals, and menacing blackmailers. Suspense builds as the trial date looms, and the closer Dismas gets to the Wagners, the clearer it becomes that he has a large target painted on his back.

With John Lescroart's razor-sharp dialogue, intricate plotting and relentless pacing, Poison is a nail-biter that will keep you guessing until the very last page.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2018.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501115707
1501115707
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 24 cm

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ValinOR14
Aug 31, 2018

I liked this book a lot! Reading a Dismas Hardy book means kicking off my shoes, grabbing a cup of coffee, and enjoying myself. I love the characters, although there wasn't as much about Glitzy in this book as I would have liked. I also wasn't impressed by one of the detectives. I loved the rest of it, however. There was some courtroom action, which always makes me happy. I laughed out loud when when Diz was reading a C.J. Box novel and mentioned a line he liked: "Nothing spells trouble like two drunk cowboys with a rocket launcher." Getting to know Vin better was great.

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carolefort
Jan 14, 2018

Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for providing me with an e-copy of Poison by John Lescroart in exchange for an honest review. This novel is the 17th installment about attorney Dismas Hardy, which attests to the popularity of the legal genre in general and John Lescroart in particular. Hardy is approaching retirement and recuperating from a gunshot wound when he is approached by Abby Jarvis, a former client who has been arrested for the murder of Grant Carver, her boss and lover. The adult Carver children all work for the family business and all have something to gain from the death of the patriarch. Abby stands to financially gain as well, which has led to her arrest. What follows are more murders, deceptions and intrigue which could put Hardy and his family at risk. Poison maintains the reader's interest throughout and is a tense but enjoyable read.

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