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Name: The Second Chair

Author: John Lescroart
Year: 2004
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Genres/categories: Mystery, Fiction, Crime

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The master of the legal thriller delivers a brilliantly suspenseful novel of deadly secrets, privileged youth, and uncertain justice...

Dismas Hardy is finally on top: As a managing partner at his thriving, newly reorganized law firm, he's a rainmaker and fix-it guy for clients leery of taking their chances in a courtroom. Now Hardy's up-and-coming associate, Amy Wu, brings him a high-profile case: Andrew Bartlett, the seventeen-year-old son of a prominent San Francisco family, has been arrested for the double slaying of his girlfriend and his English teacher. The D.A. wants to try him as an adult. Determined to get the case into juvenile court and overwhelmed by the mounting evidence against her client, Wu asks Hardy to sit second chair for her in Bartlett's defense.

As the Bartlett case moves swiftly to trial, another series of murders grip the city. An unseen killer seems to be shooting citizens wantonly, and as fear and anxiety build around The Executioner (as he is quickly dubbed in the ensuing media frenzy), Abe Glitsky, the newly promoted deputy chief of the Investigations Bureau, leads the desperate hunt to stop him.

With the city on the verge of panic, Hardy and Glitsky are locked in a race against time-to save a client and to catch a murderer. But nothing is what it seems, and as both men's cases twist and turn to their shocking conclusions, the very foundations of San Francisco's legal system will be shaken to the core.


This book is part of the "Dismas Hardy" series.
Here are some other books from this series:
The Oath
First published 2002
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The Vig
First published 1991
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, Pop Rating:1.6/10
Betrayal
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, Pop Rating:1.5/10
Dead Irish
First published 1990
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, Pop Rating:1.7/10
The 13th Juror
First published 1994
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, Pop Rating:1.8/10
The Hearing
First published 2000
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, Pop Rating:1.4/10
The First Law
First published 2003
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, Pop Rating:1.4/10
The Mercy Rule
First published 1998
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, Pop Rating:1.4/10
The Motive
First published 2004
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, Pop Rating:1.5/10
Hard Evidence
First published 1993
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, Pop Rating:1.4/10
The Keeper
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, Pop Rating:2.2/10
The Rule of Law
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, Pop Rating:1.1/10

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