Late one night, a teenage African American foster child named Tanya Paulson plummets to her death from the overpass above San Francisco s Stockton tunnel. Read more...
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From "New York Times" bestselling author John Lescroart, a riveting new novel of legal suspense featuring Dismas Hardy and his daughter, Rebecca, now grown up and an associate in Hardy s law firm.
Late one night, a teenage African American foster child named Tanya Paulson plummets to her death from the overpass above San Francisco s Stockton tunnel. But did she fall or was she pushed?
Rushing to produce a convictable suspect in the glare of the media spotlight, homicide inspectors focus their attention on a naive young man named Greg Treadway. Greg is a middle school teacher and he volunteers as a Special Advocate for foster children. At first, the only thing connecting him to Tanya s death is the fact that they shared a meal earlier that night. But soon enough, elements of that story seem to fall apart and Hardy s daughter, Rebecca, finds herself drawn into the young man s defense.
By the time Greg s murder trial gets underway, Dismas and Rebecca have unearthed several other theories about the crime: a missing stepfather who d sexually assaulted her; a roommate who ran a call girl service; a psychologically unstable birth mother; and a mysterious homeless man who may have had dealings with Tanya. Or Greg Treadway himself, who is perhaps not all that he first appeared. But how will they get these theories in front of a jury? And if they can, what price will they have to pay?
With signature suspense and intricate plotting, "The Fall" puts Dismas Hardy and his only daughter in the middle of one of John Lescroart s most complex and thrilling cases yet."Details
- ISBN-13: 9781476709215
- ISBN-10: 1476709211
- Publisher: Atria Books
- Publish Date: May 2015
- Page Count: 320
Series: Dismas Hardy (Hardcover) #16Publishers Weekly Reviews
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-03-02
- Reviewer: Staff
San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy’s grown daughter, Rebecca, plays a central role in bestseller Lescroart’s subpar 19th series legal thriller (after 2014’s The Keeper). When 17-year-old Anlya Paulson, an African-American, dies after falling from an overpass into the path of a motorist, the police quickly conclude that she was pushed to her death. Rebecca, who now works for her father’s law firm, happens to be with middle school teacher Greg Treadway, in the bar her father owns, when word of the tragedy reaches Greg. Greg, who had dinner with Anlya on the last night of her life, becomes the prime suspect. The police and DA’s office are under political pressure to move quickly because of accusations that the authorities aren’t pursuing killers of African-Americans hard enough, and Greg, who is white, is soon arrested and facing trial. Rebecca, also white, is convinced he’s innocent and decides to defend him. That defense, of course, involves some amateur sleuthing to identify the real killer, complete with coincidences that strain belief and an action-packed resolution outside of the courtroom. Agent: Barney Karpfinger, Karpfinger Agency. (May)