The Mercy Road

by John Lescroart

Dell Publishing | September 8, 1998 | Hardcover

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In Dismas Hardy, New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart has created one of the most complex and engaging characters in contemporary fiction.  Hardy, the former bartender, loving husband and father, and reluctant defense attorney of Lescroart''s blockbuster novel The 13th Juror, returns in The Mercy Rule to face his most challenging case yet.

Set apart from his contemporaries by virtue of his remarkable storytelling, John Lescroart gives readers the novel of his career in The Mercy Rule.  Vowing to spend more time with his wife and kids, Dismas Hardy is hesitant to take on the case of Graham Russo, a could-have-been-great baseball player turned lawyer indicted for the murder of his father, Sal.  Everyone close to the Russos knew Sal was dying, and that he needed morphine injections to ease his suffering.  Graham freely admits to administering those injections, but insists he wasn''t there the night of Sal''s overdose and resultant death.  Was it suicide, murder--or mercy?

With personal and professional tensions mounting, Hardy finds himself face-to-face with a terrifying truth: If this was a murder, he might well be the next person to die.

With his mastery of courtroom drama, and solid connection to the human element that makes his fiction so compelling, John Lescroart has created in The Mercy Rule an intelligent and richly satisfying thriller that will keep readers turning the pages far into the night.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages

Published: September 8, 1998

Publisher: Dell Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385316585

ISBN - 13: 9780385316583

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The Mercy Road

by John Lescroart

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages

Published: September 8, 1998

Publisher: Dell Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385316585

ISBN - 13: 9780385316583

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Dismas Hardy was enjoying a superb round of darts, closing in on what  might become a personal best. He was in his office on a Monday morning, throwing his twenty-gram  hand-tooled, custom-flighted tungsten beauties. He called the game  "twenty-down" although it wasn''t any kind of sanctioned affair. It had  begun as simple practice--once around and down the board from "20" to  bull''s-eye. He''d turned the practice rounds into a game against  himself. His record was twenty-five throws. The best possible round  was twenty-one, and now he was shooting at the "3" with his nineteenth  dart. A twenty-two was still possible. Beating twenty-five was going to be  a lock, assuming his concentration didn''t get interrupted. On his desk the telephone buzzed. He''d worked downtown at an office on Sutter Street for nearly six years.  The rest of the building was home to David Freeman & Associates, a law  firm specializing in plaintiffs'' personal injury and criminal defense  work. But Hardy wasn''t one of Freeman''s associates. Technically, he didn''t  work for Freeman at all, although lately almost all of his billable hours  had come from a client his landlord had farmed out to him. Hardy occupied the only office on the top floor of the building. Both  literally and figuratively he was on his own. He held
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In Dismas Hardy, New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart has created one of the most complex and engaging characters in contemporary fiction.  Hardy, the former bartender, loving husband and father, and reluctant defense attorney of Lescroart''s blockbuster novel The 13th Juror, returns in The Mercy Rule to face his most challenging case yet.

Set apart from his contemporaries by virtue of his remarkable storytelling, John Lescroart gives readers the novel of his career in The Mercy Rule.  Vowing to spend more time with his wife and kids, Dismas Hardy is hesitant to take on the case of Graham Russo, a could-have-been-great baseball player turned lawyer indicted for the murder of his father, Sal.  Everyone close to the Russos knew Sal was dying, and that he needed morphine injections to ease his suffering.  Graham freely admits to administering those injections, but insists he wasn''t there the night of Sal''s overdose and resultant death.  Was it suicide, murder--or mercy?

With personal and professional tensions mounting, Hardy finds himself face-to-face with a terrifying truth: If this was a murder, he might well be the next person to die.

With his mastery of courtroom drama, and solid connection to the human element that makes his fiction so compelling, John Lescroart has created in The Mercy Rule an intelligent and richly satisfying thriller that will keep readers turning the pages far into the night.

From the Jacket

In Dismas Hardy, "New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart has created one of the most complex and engaging characters in contemporary fiction. Hardy, the former bartender, loving husband and father, and reluctant defense attorney of Lescroart''s blockbuster novel "The 13th Juror, returns in "The Mercy Rule to face his most challenging case yet.
Set apart from his contemporaries by virtue of his remarkable storytelling, John Lescroart gives readers the novel of his career in "The Mercy Rule. Vowing to spend more time with his wife and kids, Dismas Hardy is hesitant to take on the case of Graham Russo, a could-have-been-great baseball player turned lawyer indicted for the murder of his father, Sal. Everyone close to the Russos knew Sal was dying, and that he needed morphine injections to ease his suffering. Graham freely admits to administering those injections, but insists he wasn''t there the night of Sal''s overdose and resultant death. Was it suicide, murder--or mercy?
With personal and professional tensions mounting, Hardy finds himself face-to-face with a terrifying truth: If this was a murder, he might well be the next person to die.
With his mastery of courtroom drama, and solid connection to the human element that makes his fiction so compelling, John Lescroart has created in "The Mercy Rule an intelligent and richly satisfying thriller that will keep readers turning the pages far into the night.

About the Author

John Lescroart lives with his family in northern California.

From Our Editors

Dismas Hardy has his hands full with his latest case, not to mention his faltering marriage. Hardy has to defend Graham Russo, a lawyer charged with the murder of his Alzheimer's and cancer-afflicted father Sal. Was Sal's death a mercy killing, a suicide or a murder? Find out in The Mercy Rule, John Lescroart's latest spine-tingling fast-paced thriller. Follow everybody's favourite former bartender, and disinclined defence attorney in yet another challenging case in The Mercy Rule.
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