Author: John Lescroart
Publisher: Atria Books
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: 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 Anlya Paulson 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 Anlya’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 Anlya. 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.
Review: This is my first John Lescroart mystery but it won’t be my last. His deft plotting, finely drawn characters, and improbable yet realistic situations–seemingly ripped from today’s headlines–are hard to put down. And even though it obviously wasn’t the first book in this series, I had no problem keeping up with the characters and being able to ascertain who was who in this taut thriller about a man on the edge, able to kill with such chilling dispossession of his feelings. The overriding question in this story wasn’t IF there was such a man, it was WHICH…
When Anlya Paulson fell to her death from the overpass over San Francisco’s Stockton tunnel, at first there were no witnesses or suspects. Luckily for the cops, “The Beck,” Dismas Hardy’s daughter, happened to be with her dad in The Little Shamrock bar when the news came across the television screen. Sitting next to them was Greg Treadway, who knew Anlya and her brother Max very well–in fact, he’d had dinner with Anlya right before her death. Beck noticed that he was confused and upset at the news story, and she convinced him to agree to Dismas’s request to talk to the police about what he knew. Officer Waverly came to the bar and taped Greg’s statement about the night before. Then Greg Treadway should have walked away, a Good Samaritan giving the police information about a potential murder.
But that didn’t happen.
In a climate of civil unrest, with politicians held prisoner by the voices of the clamoring masses, does public opinion sometimes force the police to rush to prosecute? In their haste to produce a suspect, do the detectives choose not to follow all the leads at their disposal and limit their search to the most obvious? What harm happens to the innocents–suspects or bystanders–caught up in this widely cast net? Right or wrong, there’s always a price to pay for every choice that’s made…
Lescroart uses twisty, subtle plot devices that turn this thriller on a dime. I noticed some loose ends and fragments that weren’t connected, but with all the riches that were contained in this complex work, asking for more would be just whining. Great carry-through on story line, characters, and explanation of all the courtroom scenes. Incredible psychological study analysis that had me constantly suspicious throughout the entire book. Bravo! I shall see these characters again soon.