Indie Next ListMay 2013
San Francisco Criminal Attorney, Dismas Hardy used to be a star attorney in the District Attorney’s office, but now he practices criminal law and there are things from his past that he’d like to keep locked away. When Dismas’ niece is raped, her father, Moses McGuire, makes it clear he’d be happy to kill the man who did it. In fact he threatens the arrogant assistant to a powerful San Francisco politician and when this man is murdered, the evidence points to Moses. Dismas and Moses were friends long before they became related by marriage and Dismas has mixed feelings about the defense he is mounting. To make matters worse, Moses, an alcoholic, has fallen off the wagon and when he drinks, he talks too much. Moses is under arrest and he knows dangerous secrets about several people, including Dismas. John Lescroart has written 17 terrific books, and THE OPHILIA CUT is the best yet. -- Elaine Petrocelli, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
When a brutal rapist is murdered, a loving father stands accused of the crime. Defense attorney Dismas Hardy must defend his brother-in-law and old friend Moses McGuire in a thrilling case that hits far too close to home.
Moses McGuire has good reason to be concerned about his beautiful twenty-three-year-old daughter, Brittany. She moves quickly from one boyfriend to the next, and always seems to prefer a new and mysterious stranger to a man she knows something about. But her most recent ex, Rick Jessup, isn't willing to let her go, culminating in a terrible night when Brittany is raped.
Within twenty-four hours, Rick Jessup is dead, Moses McGuire is the prime suspect in the investigation, and Dismas Hardy has been hired to defend his brother-in-law. Making things even more complicated, McGuire has fallen off the wagon, and his stay in prison could bring to light old secrets that would destroy Hardy and his closest colleagues? careers.
As the overwhelming evidence against McGuire piles up, Dismas Hardy focuses on planting doubt in the minds of the jurors?until, in a feat of legal ingenuity that is staggering in both its implications and its simplicity, Hardy sees a new way forward that might just save them all. But at what price?
For the first time since 2009, Dismas Hardy, the author's most beloved protagonist, returns in a masterful novel that showcases Lescroart's extraordinary storytelling gifts: a cast of flesh-and-blood characters, morally complex situations, and relentless, nail-biting suspense.