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The second chair, by John Lescroart

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The second chair
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The second chair
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by John Lescroart
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2nd chair
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Language
eng
Summary
Dismas Hardy becomes involved in a case involving the teenage son of a prominent San Francisco family who has been arrested for the murders of his girlfriend and English teacher, while an unseen killer terrorizes the city
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  • Lescroart regulars Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky may have survived a deadly shootout in The First Law (2003), but their psyches are on life support. Hardy drinks too much and cuts deals instead of practicing law. Glitsky’s still a hardworking “procedure freak,” but his guts are killing him, and he struggles in his new hands-off role as San Francisco’s deputy chief of investigations. Amy Wu, an up-and-comer in Hardy’s law firm, isn’t doing well, either; grieving her father’s death, she’s looking for love in singles bars and spinning out of control. When Wu is retained to represent a high-school student accused of shooting his girlfriend and drama coach, the evidence is so damning, she arranges a plea bargain without consulting her client. He refuses to plead guilty, and Wu’s miscalculation alienates her from judge, prosecutor, client, and boss. When Hardy steps in to sit “second chair” and assist on the case--and uncovers evidence that suggests their client may actually be innocent--he rediscovers his love of lawyering. An embattled Glitsky, meanwhile, searches for a serial killer who appears to be executing victims at random. This has some familiar ingredients, including a wealthy, difficult client seemingly caught dead to rights, and some twists are somewhat predictable. But that’s no matter. Under Lescroart’s assured hand, this perfectly paced tale of legal procedure and big-city politics keeps us turning pages even when it’s time to turn in at night. -- Keir Graff (BookList, 12-01-2003, p626)
  • Rendezvous Review: Up and coming Amy Wu became the queen of one nightstands while grieving the loss of her father. She also had a murder case dumped in her lap and through her alcohol haze decided the seventeen-year old boy was guilty. Jason Brandt, the prosecuting attorney who becomes entangled with Amy against all the rules of the court, is torn between love and the law. Eventually Amy pulls herself together with the help of her boss and suffers a load of guilt when she begins to believe her teenage client. A great mix of characters that step off the pages and invite you into this marvelous web of mystery. -- Sharon Chafin (Reviewed 01-01-2004)
  • Lescroart starts slowly and takes too much time building reader interest in this latest addition to his acclaimed San Francisco legal suspense series featuring lawyer Dismas Hardy and cop pal Abe Glitsky (The First Law , The Oath , The Hearing ). Dismas is firmly ensconced at the top of his flourishing law firm, and Abe has been made deputy chief of investigations, but neither man really enjoys his exalted executive status. Dismas, who seldom finds himself in a real courtroom these days, has become a high-priced legal fixer who takes meetings, goes to lunch and drinks too much, while Abe yearns for the intellectual challenge and physical thrills of a good murder investigation. Dismas's up-and-coming associate, Amy Wu, lands a case defending Andrew North, a troubled 17-year-old who's been arrested for murdering his girlfriend and high school drama coach. In an attempt to have him tried as a juvenile rather than an adult, Amy commits the inexplicable error of admitting her client's guilt to the district attorney—before even speaking to the accused teenager. After this egregious blunder, Dismas joins his normally stellar associate as "second chair" in the trial and manages to rescue the case and shake his own disillusionment with the legal system. While readers new to the series might feel a bit left behind (Lescroart spends too much time referring to events in past books, particularly The First Law ), old fans and those who persevere will be rewarded with a compassionate look at life's vicissitudes and a thorny multiple murder case. (Jan. 26) Forecast : Lescroart has a loyal fan base and The First Law debuted at number four on the New York Times's list. Strong publisher marketing would suggest that this new one will do well. --Staff (Reviewed December 15, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 50, p54)
  • Dismas Hardy (The Oath ) has come to know the inner workings and outer manifestations of San Francisco's justice system during his progression from cop to prosecutor to defense attorney. Now, as managing partner in a prestigious law firm, he would seem to have it all. But the piper has been paid in the achievement of this success. These days, cynicism colors his humor, and alcohol blurs the edges of his reality. Meanwhile, old pal Abe Glitsky seems to be struggling with demons of his own. Enter Amy Wu, an up-and-comer in Hardy's firm, still reeling from her father's recent death, who finds herself defending a 17-year-old accused of perpetrating a double homicide. The state of Wu's emotions combines with her lack of experience in the heady arena of high-stakes courtroom strategy to create a medium ripe for poor judgment and bad choices. Will Hardy's decision to sit second chair to Wu succeed as a counterbalance, or send the case and the firm into a tailspin? Lescroart gives his ever-growing readership another spellbinder to savor. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/03.]—Nancy McNicol, Ora Mason Branch Lib., West Haven, CT --Nancy McNicol (Reviewed January 15, 2004) (Library Journal, vol 129, issue 1, p158)
  • San Francisco lawyer Dismas Hardy plays second fiddle to his junior partner in the case of the preppy accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend and their drama coach.For Amy Wu, the question isn't whether Andrew Bartlett, 17, shot Laura Wright, 16, and Michael Mooney, the teacher who was rehearsing the two of them at his apartment. The mountain of evidence against Andrew, from the gun he borrowed from his wealthy stepfather and showed off in school before it vanished just after the murders to the eyewitnesses who put him at the scene, make Amy certain that her client pulled the trigger. What she's fighting for is not his exoneration but the hope that he'll be tried as a minor, facing no more than eight years in juvie. In order to be declared a minor, however, Andrew has to admit to the crime, and that's exactly what he won't do, even after he assures her that he will. The resulting legal gymnastics keep Amy on her toes, antagonize both the prosecutor trying the case and the judge hearing it, and prepare for some nifty surprises. When the most traumatic of them leaves Andrew stranded in the Youth Guidance Center instead of awaiting trial in his parents' home, Hardy, weary of his recent round of cynical deals on behalf of obviously guilty clients, anoints himself second chair to Amy and girds for battle. The biggest battle may be with Andrew, since "he'd never had a client who was less inherently credible." But even as the noose tightens, the bulletins about the Executioner, the methodical serial killer who's terrorizing the city, go a long way toward sucking the mystery out of Dis's latest case.What remains, as usual with Lescroart (The First Law, 2002, etc.), is a sociological take on the justice system—every motive is carefully nuanced, every player rooted in social reality—excelled only by Scott Turow. (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2003)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
121138
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lescroart, John T
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3562.E78
LC item number
S43 2004
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Dismas Hardy novels
Series volume
0010
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  • Hardy, Dismas (Fictitious character)
  • Glitsky, Abe (Fictitious character)
  • Trials (Murder)
  • Serial murders
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
Target audience
general
Label
The second chair, by John Lescroart
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
390 p.
Isbn
9780525947752
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2003019782
System control number
  • (OCoLC)694456976
  • (OCoLC)52980687
  • (OCoLC)57384934
  • 2644277
  • (DLC) 2003019782
Label
The second chair, by John Lescroart
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
390 p.
Isbn
9780525947752
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2003019782
System control number
  • (OCoLC)694456976
  • (OCoLC)52980687
  • (OCoLC)57384934
  • 2644277
  • (DLC) 2003019782

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