The Ophelia Cut Defense attorney Dismas Hardy returns to defend a close friend against murder charges in New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart s most suspenseful and intricately plotted novel to date Britt

  • Title: The Ophelia Cut
  • Author: John Lescroart
  • ISBN: 9781476709154
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Defense attorney Dismas Hardy returns to defend a close friend against murder charges in New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart s most suspenseful and intricately plotted novel to date Brittany McGuire is the beautiful, twenty three year old daughter of Susan Weiss and Moses McGuire and the niece of defense attorney Dismas Hardy Popular and pretty, Brittany haDefense attorney Dismas Hardy returns to defend a close friend against murder charges in New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart s most suspenseful and intricately plotted novel to date.Brittany McGuire is the beautiful, twenty three year old daughter of Susan Weiss and Moses McGuire and the niece of defense attorney Dismas Hardy Popular and pretty, Brittany has always moved easily from one boyfriend to the next, but her most recent ex, a young man named Rick Jessup, can t seem to get over her His abuse escalates, 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 old friend Making things even complicated, this case threatens to bring to light old secrets that could destroy the careers of Hardy and police lieutenant Abe Glitsky.As the overwhelming evidence against Moses 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, the author s most popular protagonist returns in a masterful novel that bears all the hallmarks of John Lescroart s extraordinary storytelling gifts a cast of flesh and blood characters, morally complex situations with no easy answers, and of course relentless, nail biting suspense that will leave you breathless.

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    1. John Lescroart says:

      John Lescroart born January 14, 1948 is an American author best known for two series of legal and crime thriller novels featuring the characters Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky.Lescroart was born in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Jun pero Serra High School, San Mateo, California Class of 1966 He then went on to earn a B.A in English with Honors at UC Berkeley in 1970 In addition to his novels, Lescroart has written several screenplays.



    2 thoughts on “The Ophelia Cut

    1. In this Dismas Hardy (defense attorney) book, Dismas's brother-in-law Moses Mcguire is accused of murdering Rick Jessup, an abusive, blackmailing young man that his daughter had dated. Naturally the story has a bunch of possible suspects, including the handsome ex-cop/killer for hire who is in witness protection; the "massage parlor" entrepreneur; the crooked city councilman; etc. The politics of the police investigation results in power plays within the department that involve Dismas' good frie [...]

    2. This is another very good entry in what has become my favorite legal thriller series. Over the thirteen books that precede this one, author John Lescroart has created a great cast of characters, centered on attorney Dismas Hardy, Homicide Lieutenant Abe Glitsky, and their families and friends, many of whom are active in San Francisco's relatively close-knit legal community.By now, all of these people have a history together and some of them are haunted by events that occurred in an earlier novel [...]

    3. Let's get this straight, I was not always on board with The Ophelia Cut by John Lescroart but I felt that I had a duty to read it since I will be reading The Keeper soon. Not to mention, I'd also won it in a giveaway a year ago and attempted to read and complete it then, but to no avail. I just wasn't interested in this novel. It begins promising but then become endlessly boring, going on and on about nothing really. But finally after having finished it, I'm glad I could push through the muck t [...]

    4. The seemingly contrived and convenient conclusion of this courtroom thriller is redeemed in the final pages with an ironic revelation. When we first met Dismas Hardy many years ago, he was a struggling young barrister, a former cop and Viet-Nam vet, who scraped through law school to earn a low-paying position as a city prosecutor. In this fourteenth novel of the series, we see a tired, sixty-something criminal defense attorney plowing through the winter of his life and career. The evolution of D [...]

    5. I read the hardback edition purchased at my local bookstore – not through – because for the most part I’ve enjoyed reading John Lescroart’s books in the past, particularly the Dismas Hardy novels. In terms of courtroom drama I believe he’s one of the more reliable authors out there and he is certainly a fine writer who is adept at creating great suspense and drama. The opening sections of the book were slow but necessary. We had to meet the new characters and we had to get the backgro [...]

    6. The Ophelia Cut by John LescroartDismas Hardy series Book #143★'sWhat the Book Promised:When a brutal rapist is murdered, a loving father stands accused of the crime and 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.What I Found: Moses McGuire's flighty twenty-three year old daughter, Brittany has horrible taste in men and frequently flits from one boyfriend to another. Brittany has begun dating Ric [...]

    7. I learned to like cop/lawyer/mysteries partly because of John Lescroart, a 'local' writer (San Francisco) who does it all right.He's a strong writer - by that I mean his writing and his content is full of muscle (figuratively, not literally). He writes good strong prose and his characters are alive and breathing in all their faults and struggles because of the writing. And yet, the main characters are likable, and you the reader root for them. I have read all of Lescroart's books, and this lates [...]

    8. Stayed up late last night to finish it but SO disappointed with the ending! Although Moses could be a bit of a loose canon, I don't think the ending worked for me. Much of the book was spent in the courtroom, which I don't recall from other Dismas Hardy workings. Also, some attention was paid to alternate bad guys and much was made of the "SODDIT" defense, but it ultimately did not go anywhere and several of the bad guys seem to just slip away. Did they get away with murder? Apparently we'll nev [...]

    9. Six-Word Review: Rape, murder, arrest, trial, verdict, fallout.Defense Attorney Dismas Hardy is back and we are all the better for it. Although, I've enjoyed the few previous books that had Hardy as a supporting character, I most identify with Hardy and am happy he's a major character again. I've also read and enjoyed the "Hunt" books featuring private investigator, Wyatt Hunt. The twist in this entry is that Hardy, defends his brother-in-law and very good friend, Moses McGuire, against a charge [...]

    10. Lescroart brings back his key character, Dismas Hardy, to ensure a massive hit, and does not disappoint. Pushing forward a few storylines throughout the opening third of the book, Lescroart paints a multi-faceted story that helps the reader reacquaint themselves with the players involved. When news about the murder of a political up-and-comer begins trickling down, a strong motive emerges for one character, though he declares his strong innocence. Is there more to the story than meets the eye? L [...]

    11. I was fortunate enough to get an advanced readers copy for an honest review. With it being an ARC the formatting was horrible. There were no breaks between character shifts and it made the story very difficult to follow. Hopefully this is corrected with the published novel, because it was tough to keep my attention, when I was constantly having to go back and re-read so I knew when the shift occurred. The beginning of the book has a lot of characters to introduce which caused the story to bounce [...]

    12. The Ophelia Cut by John Lescroart is the latest installment in the Dimas Hardy series. This book was provided to me by Atria publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This book was published in May 2013.The gang is back. Diz and Moses and Abe. Moses is trying to stay sober and is doing a great job until his daughter Brittany hooks up with the wrong guy. After he confronts the man about harassing his daughter, the man turns up dead and of course we can guess who the prime suspect [...]

    13. I sorely wish that I had realized that there were thirteen previous books in the Dismas Hardy series before I agreed to review this thriller. I have never read a John Lescroart novel and I now know I've been missing out for many years. I will be giving this legal thriller four stars not because I personally enjoyed it that much but because I'm sure if I had had the back story I would have loved it at least that much. I will now be going back and starting with the Hardy book #1 and hoping that sv [...]

    14. A LEGAL THRILLER FULL OF SURPRISESI have a question for you if you love courtroom dramas.What is it that keeps you coming back for more? Is it the sheer tension and suspense? The brilliance of the litigators? The clash of personalities in the courtroom? The opportunity to guess which way the jury will go? The potential for surprises?If questions along those lines define your taste for the genre, you should be a fan of John Lescroart, a San Francisco writer who has authored 21 crime thrillers cen [...]

    15. The Ophelia Cut is the latest of Lescroart's Dismas Hardy series. I finished it a couple of weeks ago, and although I always enjoy catching up with these characters.As I mentioned in a previous post, the back story, the event that no one wants uncovered is from six years previously and covered in Lescroart's The First Law.When Dismas' niece is raped and her assailant murdered, suspicion falls on his brother-in-law Moses McGuire. Dismas must defend him and keep him from talking too much, possibly [...]

    16. So, after what felt like a long wait to me, I started reading The Ophelia Cut and realised quite early on that here was Dismas Hardy, rocking the reading world once again. I love a good legal thriller and Dismas Hardy, along with Steve Martini's Paul Madriani are two of my favourite literary lawyers. In this outing, his niece Brittany is raped and Dismas finds himself in defence of Brittany's father Moses, standing accused of the murder of the rapist. With past events threatening to come to ligh [...]

    17. I had a hard getting through John Lescroat’s The Ophelia Cut. I’ve never read any of the Dismiss Hardy books and I had a difficult time understanding what actually happened six years ago that all the main characters in the book wanted to keep a secret. I did not know when I started it that this was the 14th book in a series. I should have checked first! The story itself is ok – kind of a murder mystery and legal thriller combined together. Simply put, Defense Attorney Dismis Hardy’s alc [...]

    18. Thankfully I was given this book in exchange for a review. If I had paid the $11 they are asking for it, I would be throwing a fit. Now, having said that, I have not read anything else by this author, but from what I gather or have heard, he's decent and can write. Not this time. As if trying to be the next John Grisham, he has fallen flat on his face. The blurb says nail biting suspense No, not at all.This book is slow, boring and completely bogged down with crap. The premise seemed great at fi [...]

    19. Another fairly typical Lescroart novel, although this one deviated a bit. Oh, it had the usual Dismas Hardy widecracks, with Abe Glitsky's dry responses, a few humorous T-shirts, etc. But in this one, we're never sure if the accused is guilty or not, and the ending isn't that happy. But I'm not complaining; I think it's a good thing to break the mold now and then to keep us on our toes.There is a fair amount of material that relates back to a previous book, "The First Law", so it would be very g [...]

    20. I am a long time fan of John lescroart. However, in recent years I have relegated to only reading his books about Dismas and Abe. I find the other characters terrible. That said, I'm still trying to decide if I like this book or not. It started odd strong. And I enjoyed the Tony s character most. Would love to see a book about him. I absolutely despised Brittany. She was written as a one- dimensional airhead. The focus on her looks was distracting and unnecessary. She's pretty. We got it. Wish h [...]

    21. It has good plot; story about a girl whose father allegedly killed her rapist, he was arrested and put on trial. The first half of the book felt somehow slow. The characters were well developed. Some were unnecessarily detailed. I find the last half part, the trial, to be the exciting bit. The author wrote in great details how the trial went and explained clearly the strategy they were approaching. The ending of the book left me unsatisfied. It was totally unexpected. Maybe the intention of the [...]

    22. I've read all the Lescroart books, and really enjoy them. This one was right up there, until the very end. Dis is an excellent attorney, but this time I feel that Lescroart just took a cheap and easy way out that wasn't really true to character. Overall, it seemed shorter and less developed. The ride was good, the destination, not so much.

    23. I love this seriesbut not this book. Page turning suspense? I don't think so. It started out that way, but somewhere after the trial began, the story lost steam and I lost interest. Perhaps Lescroart has take these characters as far as they should go.

    24. The author has written many mysteries/thrillers distinguished by clever legal maneuvers, tight plotting, intriguing casts of characters, and a realistic setting in the San Francisco area, so this book was a real disappointment with bizarre turns of events, unauthentic behavior by characters, and an unlikely subplot.

    25. I received an advanced uncorrected proof through a giveaway. This review is based upon that copy. I have ignored errors of formatting, spelling, and punctuation. This is a review purely of the story.I wish I could offer a more favorable review, but the novel's flaws outweighed its strengths. As an avid reader--over 300 titles in the past year--I've certainly come across my share of great and poor novels. The Ophelia Cut is neither, but I believe it could be made very much better, with some rath [...]

    26. I received a free download of "The Ophelia Cut" by John Lescroart through the NetGalley book review program.As a lover of mystery suspense thrillers, this is an amazing legal thriller that had me glued to my seat to see what would happen next.The Ophelia has an incredible cast of characters and the plot has been woven intricately.Anthony Xavier Ricci, 31 years old, and 8 years in NYPD, is a sergeant working Vice in Brooklyn.He keeps a locker with $33,700 and growing, a up to date deposit sheet, [...]

    27. On the surface, The Ophelia Cut is a whodunit. Or, at least I thought it was a whodunit until I finished the book. I suppose it could be a courtroom procedural, except that only covers the last half of the book. The first half could be a The Big Chill meets I Know What You Did Last Summer thriller-slash-character study. Except it doesn't quite deliver.The cast of characters is large. At least it seems that way in the beginning. There's Diz, Glitsky, Hardy, McGuire, Frannie, Dismas, Susan, Moses, [...]

    28. To begin with I'd class this book as a slow burner. Sure, it was interesting but not 'stop your world and read the book' interesting. This book kept me hooked enough to keep turning the pages (no easy fete) while I learned more about the central characters. The Ophelia Cut is one of many legal thrillers based on the life's work of Dismas Hardy. I must stress that I have not read any of the thirteen previous Diz thrillers, yet this did not go against my enjoyment of the book at all; Lescroart per [...]

    29. It was hard to get past the half way point. The characters just were not that interesting and it seemed to jump around a good bit. It came together OK in the end, but was not a 'i need to sit and read more' sort of book.

    30. John Lescroart never disappoints. His books always have interesting plots, believable court-room drama, and characters that you feel you know. In The Ophelia Cut, attorney Dismas Hardy is faced with defending one of his long-time friends in a seemingly impossible murder case. If you've read Lescroart before, you'll recognize most of the characters. But, what sets Lescroart apart is that his characters evolve and mature over the course of several books. So, what you think you know about a particu [...]

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