Synopses & Reviews
Soldier. Cop. Lawyer. Dismas Hardy’s done the tough jobs, and had some tough luck. Now he’s kicking back and tending bar at the Shamrock in San Francisco. But the past returns in the form of Rusty Ingraham—a former fellow prosecutor who drops by for a drink, warning Hardy that a perp they put away nearly ten years ago just got released…and might still be looking for revenge. Next thing Hardy knows, Ingraham’s houseboat becomes a murder scene, with a dead woman on board and Ingraham, presumably, at the bottom of the bay. To save himself, Hardy’s got to solve the case. But there’s more than one kind of payback, and it’s not just the ex-con who might have wanted it. Now, as he tangles with a mob enforcer, a rejected lover, and a renegade cop, Hardy is haunted by the knowledge that the later you pay, the steeper the price...
“THE PLOT TWISTS AND TURNS...Hardy is one of the more real and engaging characters in...crime solving.”—Los Angeles Times
“A LARGE CAST, SWIFT PACING, AND GOOD LOCAL COLOR...A GRIPPING YARN.”
“[Lescroart has a] sensitive touch with psychologically complex characters...a tense, tough, page-turning plot.”—Playboy
Payback is murder.
A beautiful woman paid it with her body. A seedy lawyer used somebody else's money. It's the vig--the exorbitant interest mob loan sharks take on their money. Now, in the city by the Bay, everyone has to pay...
Down-and-out-lawyer Rusty Ingraham left behind a murdered woman and a houseboat splattered with blood. All the evidence said Ingraham was in San Francisco Bay. Dead. But a friend of Ingraham's, former cop and prosecutor Dismas Hardy, isn't so sure. And Hardy has to find out, because a stone-cold killer, now paroled, once threatened to kill Ingraham and Dismas Hardy both.
Now, to save his own skin, Dismas must face down liars and killers on both sides of the law. From mob foot soldiers to brokenhearted lovers to renegade cops, a dozen lives are tied to the fate of Rusty Ingraham--and the payback has only just begun....
Tragedy has struck at the Little Shamrock where Dismas Hardy, formerly of the San Francisco Police Department and District Attorney's Office, tends bar. The fatal shooting of one of Hardy's customers sets a deadly game in motion, with Hardy poised as the killer's next target.
About the Author
John Lescroart is the author of nineteen previous novels, including The Betrayal, The Suspect, The Hunt Club, The Motive, The Second Chair, The First Law, The Oath, The Hearing, and Nothing But the Truth. He lives in Northern California.