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The Fall: A Novel

The Fall: A Novel


The Fall: A Novel

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4/5 (8 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
May 1, 2012
ISBN:
9781455886685
Format:
Audiobook

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Nestled in the Pennsylvania countryside, Florence University frames an idyllic college world, complete with cute coeds and handsome jocks - not to mention plenty of booze and sex with virtually no responsibility. For three seniors approaching graduation, the vagaries of life have rarely been so terrifying. Film buff Ian is at a loss as to what to do with the rest of his life - or what to do about the football player he has been fantasizing about. Haile is an accomplished classical musician, a veteran violinist who is taking a break from touring to finish her education, explore her dream of becoming a singer-songwriter, and escape her controlling mother. Casey is the handsome football star whose seemingly perfect existence masks an unsatisfactory love life and an inexplicable restlessness for something…more. Drawn together by their struggles for identity, the three students form a fateful friendship that will change the courses of their lives forever. Sexy, fast paced, and layered with intimate insight about life's most formative years, The Fall is a compelling coming-of-age story about what happens when we are forced to confront who we are and who we want to become.

Released:
May 1, 2012
ISBN:
9781455886685
Format:
Audiobook


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  • (5/5)
    I have been a big fan of John Lescroart's legal thrillers featuring Dismas Hardy. In this book he features Dismas' daughter, Rebecca, now grown up and an associate in Hardy’s law firm.

    Late one night, a teenage African American foster child named Tanya Morgan plummets to her death from the overpass above San Francisco’s Stockton tunnel. Did she fall by accident, was she pushed or was it suicide? Pushing to produce a convictable suspect in the glare of the media spotlight, homicide inspectors focus their attention on a naïve 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 but 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.

    I really enjoyed the book but hope Lescroart continues to focus on the great characters of the Dismas Hardy series (Abe Glitsky, Wes Farrell, Devin Juhle, etc) and leaves Rebecca in the background. I like her, but I like the others even better. If you enjoy courtroom thrillers you'll definitely want to pick this up. Even though the characters are part of a long running series this book works as a stand alone novel.
  • (4/5)
    Featuring Dismas Hardy and his daughter, Rebeccalegal thriller ....2015..."a school teacher who was in the wrong place at the wrong time?"... San Francisco based extension of Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky series.". Lescroart has done well in passing the torch from Dismas Hardy to Rebecca Hardy.Dismas will certainly be around- as he has a prominent role in the book.But Rebecca is the star of the show, as she struggles to put together a defense, and then learns the ropes of presenting that defense in Court." [A. Finch (Amazon)]”
  • (4/5)
    17-year-old Anlya Paulso falls to her death from a bridge. And that’s how the story opens. Greg Treadway is the court appointed advocate of Anlya's twin brother and the main suspect in her murder. As the trial begins, the investigators learn more about the group home Anlya lived in and its occupants.This is the 16th Dismas Hardy novel but this one focuses on his daughter Rebecca who works at his law firm and is handling her first murder case. This is an intense novel complete with plot twists, complex relationships and just enough humor sprinkled about. I enjoyed this and other Dismas Hardy books.
  • (4/5)
    The Fall is the 16th in author John Lescroart’s Dismas Hardy legal thrillers series and, in this outing, Dismas hands the legal torch over to his daughter, Rebecca AKA The Becks. Anlya Johnson, a pretty 17-year-old African American girl in foster care, dies after falling from a San Francisco overpass. Although there are no eyewitnesses to the event, a man claimed to have heard a struggle right before her fall. Greg Treadway, a white teacher and volunteer advocate for foster kids is the last person to be seen with her in a restaurant and, according to witnesses, they were holding hands. Not only that but another witness identifies him as the white man seen walking away from the underpass after her fall. Lately, there have been charges made that African American victims don’t get equal treatment in the courts causing prosecutors to rush to charge Treadway.After meeting Rebecca and talking to her about his chances, he asks her to represent him. Fresh out of law school, she has no experience in criminal law but, after talking to her father, she decides to go ahead. Fortunately, most of the evidence seems circumstantial. There are other possible culprits who, in their rush to prosecute, the opposition ignored. Unfortunately, the old defense of SODDIT or ‘some other dude did it’ is no longer an acceptable defense without direct or circumstantial links to the crime. Even with Dismas’ help, Rebecca may have just bitten off a lot more than she can chew.It’s been a while since I read one of Lescroart’s novels and after reading this one, I’m wondering why. The book is well-plotted with plenty of twists and turns. The topical storyline makes for a very engrossing read. It gives an interesting perspective on the question of race within the judicial system as well as the rush to justice and trial by public opinion. My one criticism - I did find the last part a bit contrived. Still, this was only a mild irritant and the book kept my attention throughout so if you are a fan of Lescroart’s or legal thrillers in general, The Fall gets a high recommendation from me.
  • (3/5)
    This book was going strong for the first 2/3 - good storyline. The last third of the book felt tacked on, as though Mr. Lescroat didn't know where to take it. It wasn't believable and it turned a good book into so-so.
  • (5/5)
    A special thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. THE FALL by John Lescroart is a riveting multi-layered complex legal crime thriller; my kind of book. Has it all - from murder, sex, courtroom drama, legal, corruption, racial, crime, social injustice, mystery, psycho, and more. Love Dismas Hardy and his daughter, Rebecca (The Beck) - quite the team. When Hardy joined the marines out of college, then Vietnam, he became a cop in San Fran while attending law school. After passing the bar, he worked for a year as an assistant district attorney. Afterwards bartending at Little Shamrock (he now co-owns) after his first child had died in a crib accident and then the breakup of his first marriage. He remarried twenty six years ago to Frannie, whose child Rebecca he adopted, now his newest legal associate at his firm. She is about to land her first complex case.There are some strange happenings in San Francisco, now a body is falling out of the sky and is dead. For the past several months, Juhle’s Homicide department, as well as the city’s DA’s office had been defending themselves separately and together against mounting accusations that the PD was soft pedaling investigations, and the DA was mishandling trials of, killers of African Americans.In the city's last eight murders of African Americans the police had made no arrests. During the same time period the district attorney had gone to trial six times to prosecute suspects in the homicides of African Americans and gotten zero convictions. The public thinks there is a pattern – could there be? The fact remained that though the nonwhite to white murder rate in the city was nine to one there had not been one successful murder case involving a black victim in the previous six months. Now Liam Goodman, a city supervisor with mayoral ambitions is riding this political magic and talking about more than just cutting the homicide budget. The victim, Anlya Grace Paulson, age seventeen, a mixed up foster kid falls from an overpass tunnel with four witnesses, making it appear it is a murder, not a suicide. What is her story (boy, oh boy is there a past here) with numerous suspects. And there is a diary entry talking about someone with initials G and L. Wes Farrell is closing in on four years as district attorney. Inspectors Eric Waverly and Ken Yamashiro are on the case and PI Hunt. Abe Glitsky, a lifelong policeman, mixed race – from patrolman to homicide lieutenant to deputy chief of inspectors and for the past few months—after a squabble with the chief of police had led to his resignation (had been under Wes Farrell’s command) as an inspector with the DA’s Investigative Division. Abe’s father was Jewish, his mother African American – he is back on the case.Greg, a twenty-seven year old white teacher and court appointed special advocate (CASA) for Anlya’s twin brother Max had dinner with Anlya shortly before she died. Greg happened to be at the bar, Little Shamrock --Hardy co-owns and his daughter Rebecca, is there, when the news comes on about the girl. Rebecca agrees to represent Greg (what a first case). She has no clue what she is getting into. As the corruption mounts, so does the suspects and complexities. There is Royce, the boyfriend and pimp, a partner with Honor Wilson, Anlya’s friend managing prostitutes – nervous about the cops looking into their business. Life as Honor had imagined it is not going as she planned and her life may be in danger. Leon Copes, the psychologically unbalanced, crack head and child molester, former live in boyfriend of the twin’s mother, Sharla with a history of abusing Anlya and screwing up their mother with drugs and booz, and then there is Ricardo Salazar, the Minnesota murderer. Hardy had decided to let his daughter handle this, but he was not about to throw her to the wolves. He could not allow her to choose her first murder jury selection without the benefit of his experience… Who would push an innocent girl to her death? What a mistrial? Who had motive? What about all the city's murder suspects who are arrested and never tried? I love a good crime legal thriller and social injustices; Lescroart mounts the suspense from court room, to crime mixed with some personal emotions and humor, with Hardy, his daughter, friends and family. Since this is my first book by Lescroart, I am busy clicking to buy the previous books to listen on audio in between new releases; starting with The Keeper: Dismas Hardy, Book #15. So excited David Colacci, one of my favorite narrators is performing (love him, with Tami Hoag's books). Looking forward to reading all the ones I missed. Fans of Scott Turow, John Grisham, Michael Connelly, David Baldacci, Brad Meltzer, Michael Palmer, Robert Parker, and Stuart Woods will enjoy this mix legal crime thriller.As I have mentioned previously, you can always count on Atria Books to deliver the "best of the best"!
  • (4/5)
    After a seventeen-year-old black girl falls from a San Francisco overpass onto the hood of a passing car, the push is on to discover who threw her. Pressure is extreme because the black community believes that crime against blacks are not as heavily investigated as those against white victims. Caught up in the rush are the first person the police target, a twenty eight-year-old teacher and children’s services case worker volunteer, the police department, and a young lawyer, Rebecca Hardy, who has yet to handle a court case. The accused, Greg Treadwell, insists he is not guilty. He knew the girl because he was the counselor for her twin brother. (Both children are in foster care because their mother was unable to care for them because of her life style.) He admits that he had dinner with her that evening but they separated hours before her death.The police find an eyewitness, a homeless man, and base much of their case on his testimony. Other parts of the plot include a prostitution ring involving other girls who live in the same foster home as the victim, child sexual abuse, and trust but the main focus, which revolve around the trial, is the sloppy police work as they try to solve a case as quickly as possible.The first part of the book has unnecessary extremely short chapters. I usually deduct one star from my ratings because of this but since it does not continue for most of the book, I didn’t do it this time. It is well-written and a fast-read with some interesting and convenient twists.One interesting comment, which has little to do with the plot: “It’s pretty funny, don’t you think? Here we are, probably the most educated generation in history, and somewhere along the line it’s like we never figured out what we were supposed to do with all the stuff we know.”
  • (4/5)
    Insightful and a challenging mystery that explored several societal ills (teenagers from dysfunctional homes, support for impoverished families, effective counselling). Not a particularly light read but engrossing and with some clever plot twists.
  • (5/5)
    From The Book:Late one night, a seventeen-year-old African American foster child Tanya Morgan falls from the overpass above San Francisco’s Stockton tunnel, landing on the windshield of a car driving on the street below. She is killed instantly. But did she fall...or was she pushed?My Thoughts:Rebecca is the star of the show, as she struggles to put together a defense, and then learns the ropes of presenting that defense in Court. The court room scenes are well done and you find that you are becoming frustrated with the justice system and the way it works. The narrative is dynamic and interesting alternating among the different characters and their particular perspective about the case. I thought how it was going to resolve and I was wrong about my early assessment but not disappointment by the outcome. I highly recommend this series for all court room drama buffs.
  • (4/5)
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. It is the 16th book in the Dismas Hardy series, but stands well on it's own. I am surprised that I haven't read the others before! It is a great read. The characters and storyline were complex and intriguing. Highly recommended and I will be adding this author to my list of 'must read' books.
  • (2/5)
    Billed as a "coming of age" novel, I found this quite a hard slog to read.The story surrounds 3 senior students at Florence University in Pennsylvania who are close to graduation. Two are fraternity brothers, Ian and Casey. The other, a gifted young woman Haile (a self made up name pronounced like Halle Berry) who is a classical musician. Ian is gay and I did feel the book was promoted as a "gay novel"....erroneously as it turns out. There is a lot of angst, partying, some casual sex thrown in and the usual rites of passage expected in a novel about university students. I just felt that despite all this action...not very much happened.Unsurprisingly, Ian, Casey and Haile have emotional problems, parent trouble and, in Ian's case, not a notion of what he wants to do with his life. A bit stereotypical and cliched for me I'm afraid.
  • (4/5)
    The Fall: A Novel is a breath-taking book in several areas. Ryan Quinn is good with his words. I liked the part he described Haile's observation of a broken-hearted Jamie when Jamie realized that the relationship he was in, was as good as over. This was not the only part. I liked how the stories interlinked. The surprise with Casey's coins. The way Haile just walked away from Ian. It was memorising, the way Quinn did it.The stories shared in this book felt so real. These are problems that any young adults may be facing, out there, today, as we speak. I admire the way Quinn captured the mood and moments in words. Haile and Ian are avoiding confrontation. She, with her mother. He, with his parents. Casey is avoiding confrontation too - his lack of commitment to his girlfriend, Krista. And throw in Haile with the past she does not want to face and Ian with his secret life, the book was entertaining and engaging.Although confusing at first, I did like the way Quinn tried to start the stories for each of the characters, when it came to their turn. Haile, with the subtitle. Ian, with the idea of a video capturing the moment he was in, before his stories began. And Casey, with the poking, tagging, status updates and so on, presumably Facebook activities. However, at times, their stories were short and I was lost as to focus on whose stories I was reading on.That said, I was a little bitter about not being able to give this a 5-star. I wanted to, so badly because I was enjoying the book. However, it felt like the book focused more on Haile, the fag hag. Sorry, but she was. She was so in love with Ian that she did not want to accept his homosexuality at first. And bitterly disappointed to know that she could not have Ian. Here is what I felt wrong with the book. The description stated Ian first. Haile was described last. Ian was said to be in love with a football star, which Casey was described as one. Typical gay boy falling for his best friend stuff, it seemed. However, the story focused more on Haile and her issues. There was little to describe Ian's confrontation with his parents. Casey was thrown in, not for Ian, but for Haile.So, Ian ended up as the secondary character in a novel which was sold as a gay themed. Haile got the scheme. Haile got her confrontation issue with her mother. Haile faced up to her past. And Haile got the boy. Who did Ian get? A guy whom Ian could not commit to, initially, and a guy who could not commit sincerely to Ian, eventually.The funny thing was also about how Ian got a problem down there after posing naked for Haile. I mean, tired body after hours of posing, and he got a 'north pole'. It should have been a scene between Ian and Casey. Are we selling to the wrong crowd here? I felt that Haile got an ending. Ian got a brush-off. It was not really about Casey. So, I ended up reading a gay-themed book on a girl who got her way. Like wow... Really?Still, I look forward to Ryan Quinn's future work, if it is involving gay theme again. He writes beautifully.