When San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy gets a call saying his wife never picked the kids up from school, he's worried. Frannie's a great mother. Turns out there's a good explanation: She's in jail.
Unbeknownst to her husband, Frannie has just appeared before a grand jury - and refused to share a crucial piece of information about her friend Ron, who's accused of killing his wife. Now it's up to Dismas to race the clock and find a culprit, all the while wondering: Why would his wife go to jail to protect another man? Who really killed Bree Beaumont - and why? He's looking for the truth. But he's not quite sure he wants to find it....
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©2009 John Lescroart (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Charles Atkinson on 20-09-13

A thoroughly convoluted mystery.

This was a 4.95 special purchase that I almost found enjoyable despite being confused. Granted listening to books encourages us to multitask. This makes it understandable to lose one's way. Nevertheless the narrator should be the equalizer, bringing distinctions of characters and helping the author create suspense.

I hate to be so negative, so ill just say that in the end, I didn't care what happened, not about the mystery, the characters, relationships, justice, none of it.

The book opens with a belligerent housewife refusing to testify to a grand jury. She's protecting a friend who has a remarkably complicated secret life that will be exposed if he is indicted in the unrelated murder of his wife. There's devious big oil, single minded political hacks, a candidate for governor, an overzealous D.A., a spiteful judge, broken marriages, murder, kidnapping, child pornography, embezzlement... Just exhausting.

So it's a 2 star listen, with the caveat I did actually finish the story.

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1 out of 5 stars
By MEMcL on 30-01-10


Having read, or listened to all of Lescroat's books, I was really excited to see a new one appear on Audiobooks. What I didn't realize was that it was a 2001 book just now recorded in '09. David Colacci is a great reader, so I was very excited to order it.
I tried to finish it, but it got so bogged down in pollution and evil industrialists. Aside from the plot not being of great interest, the actions of "Frannie" were overblown and tiresome. The other characters were very stylized...the arrogant and unreasonable judge; the nasty lawyers etc.
I skipped here and there and finally got to the end to see "who done it" but I did not enjoy the book. All I can say is thank goodness he got better through the years!

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