In San Francisco - a city of tolerance and hope - everything came apart. One man died at the hands of another. The next victim was killed by a mob. Now fires burn in the night, helicopters throb through the air, and politicians, lawyers and cops vie for the remnants of power. Somewhere in the once-placid streets of San Francisco, a young man is on the run, charged by the media with a crime he didn't commit, hounded by demagogues, hunted by a desperate police department. One cop knows that Kevin Shea is innocent of a brutal racial murder. An ambitious politician will use Shea for her own ends. And a down-and-out lawyer is all that stands between Kevin Shea and an even more atrocious crime. For when there's no law left, justice is the only hope.
©2006 John Lescroart (P)2008 Brilliance
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5 out of 5 stars
By Snoodely on 10-02-10

Race riots ... in San Francisco?

I love all of John Lescroart's novels. This one begins with an unlikely premise: race riots in perhaps the most tolerant and diverse city on the planet. Having lived in San Francisco for many years, I would say that such a thing probably would never happen. Yet John Lescroart writes so well that we find ourselves believing the scenario, given the concatenation of circumstances Lescroart postulates. Like all Lescroart's novels, "A Certain Justice" has a complex, intricate plot, involving many well developed characters and entertaining dialogue. Like his literary colleagues Connelly, McBain, Wambaugh, and Ellroy, Lescroart understands police procedure and police banter, lending verisimilitude to his stories. On top of all that, Lescroart also knows the machinations going on in City Hall, and how legal finagling works. With all that insight and talent, it should surprise no one that Lescroart can pull off an unlikely premise like race riots in San Francisco. Then, masterful David Colacci comes along and provides us with a peerless reading of Lescroart's audiobooks. If you love good writing, good narration, and plots that combine police procedure, legal thrills, and human interest, buy this audiobook. I have only one caveat to offer: I recommend reading Lescroart's novels in chronological order; and "Guilt" actually comes before "A Certain Justice," despite the copyright dates. "A Certain Justice" will make more sense if you listen to "Guilt" first.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Rose on 30-03-13


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This could be a very good book but the monotone, lifeless narrator has made it a story I can not get excited to listen to.

What didn’t you like about David Colacci’s performance?


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