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The Fall: A Novel

The Fall: A Novel

Written by John Lescroart

Narrated by David Colacci


The Fall: A Novel

Written by John Lescroart

Narrated by David Colacci

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4.5/5 (14 ratings)
Length:
11 hours
Released:
May 5, 2015
ISBN:
9781480503878
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Description

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 Morgan 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 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…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.

Released:
May 5, 2015
ISBN:
9781480503878
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


About the author

John Lescroart is the author of twenty-eight previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ophelia Cut, The Keeper, The Fall, and Fatal. His books have sold more than ten million copies and have been translated into twenty-two languages. He lives in Northern California.


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  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (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)
    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.
  • (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.
  • (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.”