The most personal case of Hardy's career...
New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart's most beloved protagonist returns in a masterful novel showcasing all of Lescroart's extraordinary storytelling skills. Perfect for fans of Lee Child and John Sandford.
'Nothing short of magic, dark and delicious. The Ophelia Cut is the work of a master at the top of his game' - William Kent Krueger
When Moses McGuire's daughter is raped by her ex-boyfriend, Rick Jessup, he vows to get his revenge. So when Rick is found dead the next day, Moses is arrested for murder. Dismas Hardy has no hesitation in defending his old friend but as the evidence against him starts piling up Hardy can't help wondering, what if he's actually guilty? And to make matters even more complicated, the case threatens to bring to light an old secret that could destroy Hardy's career. With the trial going against him, Hardy must draw on all his legal ingenuity until he sees a new way forward that might just save them all. But at what price?
The Ophelia Cut pits lifelong friends against one another, where truth does not always lead to justice and where long buried secrets still have the power to redeem or destroy.
What readers are saying about The Ophelia Cut:
'Brilliant legal thriller in true Lescroart style and quality'
'Smooth writing, fabulous descriptions, amazing dialogue and gripping pacing'
'Lescroart masterfully weaves a complex plot that keeps the reader guessing throughout the book'
In bestseller Lescroart's engrossing 17th legal thriller featuring San Francisco DA Dismas Hardy (after 2010's Damage), Hardy's niece, Brittany McGuire, a recent college grad, has the misfortune to date paralegal Rick Jessup. The despicable Jessup rapes her one night after she breaks off their relationship. When Jessup is found bludgeoned to death in his apartment the next day, all the evidence points to Brittany's alcoholic father, Moses McGuire. The prosecution appears to have the case handed to them on a platter after McGuire drunkenly admits that Jessup deserved his fate, and Hardy must suppress his own doubts as he assumes McGuire's defense. Hardy races against the clock to find out whether Jessup's shady dealings with San Francisco politicians may lead to another vigilante with a secret of his own. Some necessary backstory weighs down the momentum at first, but the pace picks up after several 11th-hour revelations. Author tour.