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The First Lawby John Lescroart
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They date back to the wilder days of San Francisco's vigilante past, a private police force that keeps watch for paying clients. Unfortunately, Sam Silverman — an elderly pawnshop owner and a friend of Lt. Abe Glitsky's father — could no longer afford Patrol Special protection, and he may have paid with his life. Dismas Hardy, putting together a high-stakes lawsuit against the security firm, suddenly finds himself defending a local bar owner accused in Silverman's death. He's convinced of John Holiday's innocence — until he goes on the lam. Now, blocked at every turn, Hardy and Glitsky may be forced to protect not only themselves, but their nearest and dearest, as they step cautiously into a world where the only law is survival...
"With his latest, Lescroart again lands in the top tier of crime fiction....Even when his plots grow a little far-fetched — as this one does toward the end — Lescroart's storytelling skills conceal the blemishes." Publishers Weekly
"Even if the book does have a certain paint-by-numbers feel, it is still entertaining to see the picture come together. Lescroart may not win many new fans with this one, but his regular audience will find much here to enjoy." David Montgomery, The Washington Post Book World
"The sturdy but simple conflict between Establishment villains and a heroic band of merry men is stretched to the breaking point by male-bonding badinage and felonies obbligato." Kirkus Reviews
"Lescroart's expert crafting turns this legal thriller into quite a wild ride." Booklist
"Seen cumulatively, the plot is disturbingly implausible, though the internal logic of the book can't be faulted. Lescroart, in fact, excels at plotting and characterization..." Library Journal
Now available in paperback from the bestselling author of The Oath — the spellbinding novel that forces defense attorney Dismas Hardy and Lieutenant Abe Glitsky outside the law and into the fight for their lives.
Prodded 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. Guided 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 local bar, and a friend and client of Dismas Hardy.
While Dismas Hardy has built a solid legal practice and a happy family, John Holiday has not followed the same path. Despite this, Hardy has remained Holiday's attorney and confidant, and with Glitsky's help, Hardy finds ample reason to question Holiday's guilt. Hardy's case falls on hostile ears, however, and to avoid arrest, Holiday turns fugitive. The police now believe three things: that Hardy is a liar protecting Holiday, that Holiday is a cold-blooded killer, and that Glitsky is a bad cop on the wrong side of the law.
As the suspense reaches fever pitch, Hardy, Glitsky, and even their families are caught in the crossfire and directly threatened. The police won't protect them. The justice system won't defend them. Shunned within the corridors of power, and increasingly isolated at every turn, Hardy and Glitsky face their darkest hour. For when the law forsakes them, they must look to another, more primal law in order to survive.
About the Author
John Lescroart is the bestselling author of thirteen previous novels, including The Oath, The Hearing, Nothing but the Truth, The Thirteenth Juror, and Hard Evidence.
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