The Ophelia Cut: A Novel

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The Ophelia Cut: A Novel

by John Lescroart

Atria Books | November 19, 2013 | Mass Market Paperbound |

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New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart's most beloved protagonist returns in a masterful novel that showcases the author's extraordinary storytelling gifts: a cast of flesh-and-blood characters, morally complex situations, and relentless, nail-biting suspense.

When his brother-in-law and old friend Moses McGuire is the prime suspect in the murder of his own daughter's rapist, attorney Dismas Hardy agrees to defend him. But McGuire has fallen off the wagon, and his stay in prison could bring to light old secrets that would destroy Hardy and his closest colleagues' careers. As the overwhelming evidence against McGuire piles up, 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, he sees a new way forward that might just save them all. But at what price?

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 544 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 1.18 in

Published: November 19, 2013

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476737797

ISBN - 13: 9781476737799

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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The Ophelia Cut: A Novel

The Ophelia Cut: A Novel

by John Lescroart

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 544 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 1.18 in

Published: November 19, 2013

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476737797

ISBN - 13: 9781476737799

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The Ophelia Cut 1 MOSES HAD WANTED to see Dismas Hardy alone. He’d unexpectedly dropped by Hardy’s house on Thirty-fourth Avenue, and now the two men kept up a brisk pace as they walked along Geary toward the beach on this overcast November Sunday afternoon. Moses McGuire didn’t like to worry his only sibling, Frannie, Hardy’s wife. And he was, himself, worried to distraction. That morning San Francisco’s second newspaper, the Courier, had run an article by a columnist named Sheila Marrenas. It was part of a series on unsolved crimes in the city. This one revisited an event dubbed the Dockside Massacre, in which six years ago, five people, including the city’s head of Homicide, Barry Gerson, had been killed in a gunfight on Pier 70. For McGuire—and, he would have thought, for a lawyer like Hardy—it struck a little too close to home. “They don’t call her Heinous Marrenas for nothing,” Hardy said. “Nobody reads her, Mose. I wouldn’t worry about it.” “I read her. Lots of other people read her. She mentioned you by name.” Although that sent a little shiver of apprehension down Hardy’s spine, he suppressed it. “She mention you?” “No.” “Abe, Gina, anybody else?” “Freeman.” “David remains dead, if I’m not mistaken. He’s not about to talk. Is that it?” McGuire went on for a few steps, then stopped. “Tell me
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New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart's most beloved protagonist returns in a masterful novel that showcases the author's extraordinary storytelling gifts: a cast of flesh-and-blood characters, morally complex situations, and relentless, nail-biting suspense.

When his brother-in-law and old friend Moses McGuire is the prime suspect in the murder of his own daughter's rapist, attorney Dismas Hardy agrees to defend him. But McGuire has fallen off the wagon, and his stay in prison could bring to light old secrets that would destroy Hardy and his closest colleagues' careers. As the overwhelming evidence against McGuire piles up, 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, he sees a new way forward that might just save them all. But at what price?

About the Author

John Lescroart was born in Houston, Texas on January 14, 1948. He started writing as a student at the University of California-Berkeley, where he majored in English. Following college and a job with a telephone company, he traveled around Europe, singing folk and country-rock music. He won the 1978 Joseph Henry Jackson best novel award for under-35 California writers with the autobiographical novel Sunburn. While helping his wife raise their two children and working in legal, bartending, musician, and social service positions, he still found the time to write numerous novels. His novels include the Dismas Hardy Series, Son of Holmes, Rasputin's Revenge, A Certain Justice, Guilt, The Hunt Club, The Suspect, Sunburn, Treasure Hunt, Damage, and The Hunter. He made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013 with his title The Ophelia Cut.

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"An amazing page-turner, emotional, significant and suspenseful. Lescroart has written his most gripping novel to date, one which sets a new standard. "
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