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The Second Chair [BOOKS] ✭ The Second Chair ✷ John Lescroart – Thomashillier.co.uk The master of the legal thriller delivers a brilliantly suspenseful novel of deadly secrets, privileged youth, and uncertain justiceDismas Hardy is finally on top As a managing partner at his thriving The master of the legal thriller delivers a brilliantly suspenseful novel of deadly secrets, privileged youth, and uncertain justiceDismas Hardy is finally on top As a managing partner at his thriving, newly reorganized law firm, he s a rainmaker and fix The Second PDF/EPUB ² it guy for clients leery of taking their chances in a courtroom Now Hardy s up and coming associate, Amy Wu, brings him a high profile case Andrew Bartlett, the seventeen year old son of a prominent San Francisco family, has been arrested for the double slaying of his girlfriend and his English teacher The DA wants to try him as an adult Determined to get the case into juvenile court and overwhelmed by the mounting evidence against her client, Wu asks Hardy to sit second chair for her in Bartlett s defenseAs the Bartlett case moves swiftly to trial, another series of murders grip the city An unseen killer seems to be shooting citizens wantonly, and as fear and anxiety build around The Executioner as he is quickly dubbed in the ensuing media frenzy , Abe Glitsky, the newly promoted deputy chief of the Investigations Bureau, leads the desperate hunt to stop himWith the city on the verge of panic, Hardy and Glitsky are locked in a race against time to save a client and to catch a murderer But nothing is what it seems, and as both men s cases twist and turn to their shocking conclusions, the very foundations of San Francisco s legal system will be shaken to the core.


10 thoughts on “The Second Chair

  1. Barbara Barbara says:

    In this 10th book in the Dismas Hardy lawyer series, the attorney helps an associate in his firm defend a boy accused of murder The book works well as a standalone High school student Laura Wright and her drama teacher Mr Mooney are rehearsing for the school play in his apartment when both are shot dead The prime suspect is Laura s on off boyfriend, 17 year old Andy Bartlett, reputed to be jealous of Laura s crush on the teacher Defense attorney Amy Wu, an associate in Dismas Hardy s In this 10th book in the Dismas Hardy lawyer series, the attorney helps an associate in his firm defend a boy accused of murder The book works well as a standalone High school student Laura Wright and her drama teacher Mr Mooney are rehearsing for the school play in his apartment when both are shot dead The prime suspect is Laura s on off boyfriend, 17 year old Andy Bartlett, reputed to be jealous of Laura s crush on the teacher Defense attorney Amy Wu, an associate in Dismas Hardy s law firm, gets the case However Amy s dad died recently and she s been drinking and partying too much and using good judgment too little Thus, without Andy s agreement, Amy makes a deal for the boy to admit to the crimes This is supposed to guarantee that Andy will be incarcerated in the juvenile system for 8 years rather than being tried as an adult and risking life in prison without parole When Andy refuses to admit to the shootings, this misunderstanding leads to the wrath of the prosecutor and judge, who think Amy tried to pull a fast one To help Amy out of the hole she dug herself Hardy says he ll act as second chair co attorney during Andy s subsequent court hearings Once involved in the case Hardy launches his own investigation, questioning witnesses and examining evidence in the author s usual satisfying style Meanwhile, Hardy s cop friend Abe Glitsky, now San Francisco s Deputy Chief of Investigations, is dealing with a bizarre string of serial murders around town I thought the early part of the book dealing with Andy s admitting or not admitting was too slow and drawn out Past that part, though, the action picked up, the story gotintricate, and the intermingling of Hardy s and Glitsky s cases was deftly handled Overall a very good mystery book, recommended to fans of the genre.You can follow my reviews at


  2. Johnny Johnny says:

    Lescroart s The Second Chair is a cautionary tale against cynicism, assumption, and habit The mystery fooled me slightly on a couple of levels I thought I knew the murderer from early on, but I was close with no cigar And, even when I was fairly certain about the murderer s identify, I became caught up in the procedural aspects of searching for the murderer and lost sight of the ball, so to speak So, I found the mystery to be very satisfying because even when my sleuthing aim was askew, the Lescroart s The Second Chair is a cautionary tale against cynicism, assumption, and habit The mystery fooled me slightly on a couple of levels I thought I knew the murderer from early on, but I was close with no cigar And, even when I was fairly certain about the murderer s identify, I became caught up in the procedural aspects of searching for the murderer and lost sight of the ball, so to speak So, I found the mystery to be very satisfying because even when my sleuthing aim was askew, the clues were both there and fair This was no throw in the bad guy with little or no introduction at the end The Second Chair is a story about appearances The high school drama teacher appears to having an affair with a student the step sister appears to be a model child the suspect appears to be a spoiled rich kid the initial attorney appears to be doing her job and providing the best strategy the familiar protagonist Dismas Hardy and familiar supporting character Abe Glitzky appear to be successful and the evidence against the defendant appears to be incontrovertible Appearances, however, can be deceiving and that is true of at least some of the appearances listed above If you really want to solve this mystery before the final revelation at the climax, you ll need to keep asking yourself questions like, Who is trustworthy and who is not and Who is content and confident and who is not The Second Chair is also a cautionary tale about becoming one s own worst enemy It warns against suspicion and warns against self indulgence several characters are engaged in massive pity parties I particularly liked the one Dismas encouraged his associate at the end of the case The associate, the beautiful Ms Wu, was beating herself up for all of the mistakes she had made during the case Hardy said, It could always be better, but you ought to recognize when it s good enough, don t you think p 428 That seems like sound advice for anyone.I do have to fault Lescroart s research on one point Because of an issue where Southern Baptists have traditionally opposed much of society, the author decided to introduce a minor character as a Southern Baptist minister Dismas catches the pastor at home relaxing without his clerical collar Unfortunately, this doesn t ring true because most Southern Baptist ministers never wear a clerical collar the exceptions usually being those who serve as hospital chaplains Secondly, he visits said pastor at the rectory An official residence owned by a Baptist congregation would be known as a parsonage, not a rectory Since, however, these are the first errors of fact to which I can definitively point to in a Lescroart novel, I think I ll just chuckle and let it go with this brief mention It didn t ruin the book for me it just surprised me.To be honest, I didn t have a lot of empathy for the defendant in The Second Chair and found myself rather annoyed with the main protagonist throughout much of the book But as a person who believes in the idea of redemption, I was delighted with the possibilities for redemption introduced in this story Once again, Lescroart shows how one can present the brutal, unfair realities of life without losing the perspective of hope I really enjoy his writing


  3. Tom Swift Tom Swift says:

    Really like this author and this series I saw the author speak last week at my library, and it was a lot of fun Someone asked him who he reads, and he said CJ Box.fwiw I just started one of his books as well.


  4. Byron Washington Byron Washington says:

    Lescroart is such a skilled writer I ve never read a book written by him and come away from that with feelings of disappointment And the plot twist and the end was soooo delicious If not for the coronavirus I might ve licked my fingers Buy it, read it and enjoy


  5. ElaineY ElaineY says:

    3.5 starsLiked it well enough to listen without being tempted to set it aside even though I didn t find Wu a likeable character No real heart stopping suspense or tension but a slow, steady burn throughout.


  6. Mary JL Mary JL says:

    I have read several of the Dismas Hardy Abe Glitsky novels set in San Francisco I enjoy the series immensely First, the two main characters, Disman Hardy and Abe Glitsky are well well written They grow and change in the various novels so re4ading them in order if possible is a good idea Though you can read them out of order and still enjoy them.Besides a good strong pair of lead characters John Lescroart always give you good legal thriller The books are fast paced and fairly realistic O I have read several of the Dismas Hardy Abe Glitsky novels set in San Francisco I enjoy the series immensely First, the two main characters, Disman Hardy and Abe Glitsky are well well written They grow and change in the various novels so re4ading them in order if possible is a good idea Though you can read them out of order and still enjoy them.Besides a good strong pair of lead characters John Lescroart always give you good legal thriller The books are fast paced and fairly realistic One thing Lescroart is really good at is showing other things that affect the law namely politics and mdia pressure and so on Like any series some are of course better than others, but I ve never yet been disappointed in this series Please treat yourself if you have not read any and try one


  7. Jan Jan says:

    A good legal thriller with a surprise twist at the end I enjoy reading Lescroart s legal thrillers which often include the Dismas Hardy character Wonder why he hasn t gotten the same press as John Grisham they re in the same league as far as I m concerned.


  8. Coleen Coleen says:

    This is the kind of legal thriller that I lovea double murder with a juvenile suspect, lawyers, court, police, a serial killer on the loose, evidence to be examined and re examined and two of my favorite characters in Lescroart s novels Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky.So the 17 year old juvenile is being represented by a young female attorney who has not had any experience with murder trials BUT if she can convince the young kid to plead guilty as a juvenile, there is no trial and his exposu This is the kind of legal thriller that I lovea double murder with a juvenile suspect, lawyers, court, police, a serial killer on the loose, evidence to be examined and re examined and two of my favorite characters in Lescroart s novels Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky.So the 17 year old juvenile is being represented by a young female attorney who has not had any experience with murder trials BUT if she can convince the young kid to plead guilty as a juvenile, there is no trial and his exposure is limited to a short sentence On the other hand, if he does not plead guilty, he will be tried as an adult and risks LWOP life without parole This is a weighty issue and that alone would be worth reading the book But then there is the evidence and the witnesses and the victims, all of which add to the suspense On the side there is an apparent serial killer running loose nicknamed the Executioner because of his style of killing his victims And Dismas and Abe are up to their old tricks playing practical jokes on one another while trying to solve these difficult life and death dilemmas My only problem when I find these gems is the prospect that I may have already read them Nevertheless, I run the risk and jump right in And I had NOT read this one previously and it was great


  9. Joyce Joyce says:

    Colacci is back as narrator, but listening now I realize that the voices aren t yet as developed as they are in later titles.


  10. Jim Jim says:

    Dismas Hardy returns for the tenth time in author John Lescroart s, The Second Chair However the primary protagonist in this novel was one of Hardy s associates, Amy Wu Wu has had recently lost her father and is struggling with keeping it together at the office Hardy highly respects Wu and is patient giving her time to up her game Wu s billables are not where they need to be for Hardy s firm Amy picks up the case of 17 year old Andrew Bartlett who s accused of a double murder Bartlett is Dismas Hardy returns for the tenth time in author John Lescroart s, The Second Chair However the primary protagonist in this novel was one of Hardy s associates, Amy Wu Wu has had recently lost her father and is struggling with keeping it together at the office Hardy highly respects Wu and is patient giving her time to up her game Wu s billables are not where they need to be for Hardy s firm Amy picks up the case of 17 year old Andrew Bartlett who s accused of a double murder Bartlett is currently housed in the Youth Authority lockup Amy s plan is to accept the deal from the ADA, and plead guilty in juvenile court which would sentence Andrew to eight years With plea Andrew would be released at age 25 The problem is everyone is on board with this plan, even the judge , except Andrew Andrew insists he s innocent At the plea hearing Andrew has a melt down as he doesn t want to serve eight years for a crime he did not commit With the judge and ADA in an uproar, Amy is forced to plan for a 707 hearing The 707 hearing almost for sure would push case to adult court and Andrew would go to adult prison After Amy reports back to Hardy on this situation, it s obvious she s made a mess of things Hardy is forced to join defense as second chair And at no charge Meanwhile Abe Glitsky in his new position as Deputy Chief, has the city in an pickle while a serial killer runs loose The Executioner , leaves no clues, no forensics, as he kills silently In a wonderful back and forth plot, The Second Chair , seems to read as two novels at the same time Master story teller John Lescroart weaves a tangled web of suspense back and forth with thick intensity The primary characters as with all of Lescroart s books dominate, and are the cement that makes this plot solid Several unique twists with the supporting characters help increase the enjoyment of the story exponentially At over 590 pages I felt the book ran a bit too long Most of the ending chapters were pretty much throw aways However, this is an exceptional read It had a pretty good pace and at times pages flew very quickly I m going with four stars out of a possible five stars for, The Second Chair Dismas Hardy fans will like it, and any john Lescroart fans shouldn t miss it


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