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In “master of the legal thriller” (Chicago Sun-Times) John Lescroart’s electrifying new novel, attorney Dismas Hardy is called to defend the least likely suspect of his career: his longtime, trusted assistant who is suddenly being charged as an accessory to murder.
Dismas Hardy knows something is amiss with his trusted secretary, Phyllis. Her out-of-character behavior and sudden disappearances concern Hardy, especially when he learns that her convict brother—a man who had served twenty-five years in prison for armed robbery and attempted murder—has just been released.
Things take a shocking turn when Phyllis is suddenly arrested at work for allegedly being an accessory to the murder of Hector Valdez, a coyote who’d been smuggling women into this country from El Salvador and Mexico. That is, until recently, when he was shot to death—on the very same day that Phyllis first disappeared from work. The connection between Phyllis, her brother, and Hector’s murder is not something Dismas can easily understand, but if his cherished colleague has any chance of going free, he needs to put all the pieces together—and fast.
Proving that he is truly “one of the best thriller writers to come down the pike” (USA TODAY), John Lescroart crafts yet another whip-smart, engrossing novel filled with shocking twists and turns that will keep you on your toes until the very last page.
In bestseller Lescroart's enthralling 21st Dismas Hardy novel (after 2018's Poison), the San Francisco attorney is concerned when his long-suffering secretary, Phyllis McGowan, abruptly disappears. In searching her apartment, Hardy discovers that Phyllis has a dangerous hidden life: helping to move illegal immigrants fleeing ICE agents along a present-day underground railroad. When accessory to murder charges are brought against Phyllis, who later resurfaces, for the killing of a dangerous human trafficker, Hardy and his two partners at his newly re-formed law firm seek to save their colleague. Their most dangerous obstacle, however, is not ICE agents or vengeful smugglers but the city's new District Attorney, Ron Jameson. Determined to convict Phyllis and smear Hardy's new firm and anyone associated with him, Jameson embarks on a ruthless campaign of planted evidence and false testimony. Hardy must uncover the truth before he and those around him are destroyed by a powerful man with a secret to hide. Sharp dialogue and a timely plot help make this entry a winner.