The Fall

The Fall

A Novel

Book - 2016
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From New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart, The Fall is a riveting novel of legal suspense featuring lawyer Dismas Hardy and his daughter Rebecca who become involved in the case of a pretty inner-city girl who plunges to her death from an overpass into traffic below. But did she fall...or was she pushed?

Late one night, a seventeen-year-old African American foster child Tanya Morgan falls from the overpass above San Francisco's Stockton tunnel, landing on the windshield of a car driving on the street below. She is killed instantly. But did she fall...or was she pushed?

Homicide has recently been accused of dragging its feet in identifying suspects in cases where the victims are African American so the case becomes front-page news by the end of the investigation's first day. Rushing to produce a convictable suspect, inspectors focus their attention on a naive and idealistic young man named Greg Treadway. Greg is a middle school teacher with the Teach for America program and a volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster children, where his client is Tanya's twin brother Shawn. At first, the only thing connecting him to Tanya'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 lawyer Dismas Hardy's daughter Rebecca finds herself drawn into the defense of young man who is perhaps not all that he had originally appeared to be.

With signature suspense and intricate plotting, John Lescroart's newest novel puts Dismas and his only daughter in the middle of one of his most complex and thrilling cases yet.
Publisher: New York : Pocket, 2016.
ISBN: 9781501140662
Branch Call Number: PB Lescr
Characteristics: 428 pages ; 20 cm.

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AL_ALICE Aug 05, 2016

Dismas Hardy's daughter, Rebecca, handles her first trial in a case where a young black woman falls to her death. The accused is a high school teacher in his twenties who was providing guidance in the court system to the young woman's twin brother. Is the teacher guilty? Could the fall have been accidental or a suicide? If it's murder, who else could have done it?

The plot is great, the regular characters appear in various roles. A welcome addition to this long-running series.

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rahmmie
Oct 22, 2015

I like Lescroart but I thought this book was just average

karcoldelharvic5 Aug 29, 2015

Enjoyed the book, though you know 'he done it' well before the ending.

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nannerl
Jul 01, 2015

I enjoyed this novel by an author who rarely lets me down. In The Fall, he effectively uses the technique of Dismas Hardy's daughter, a new lawyer, to show the kinds of issues a criminal defence lawyer can face, including frustrations of not being able to bring certain important information to the jury. The twist at the end wasn't particularly a surprise, but it ended the story in a satisfying way.

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nionoff
Jun 13, 2015

I found previous novels by Lescroart about these characters entertaining, but unfortunately he must have written this one in his sleep. Full of clich├ęs, unrealistic characters and an ending that is telegraphed from the very beginning, this is a total waste of time. This is what happens when authors go on auto pilot to produce volume, not quality.

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Jamaka_88
Jun 14, 2016

Rebecca Hardy tries her first murder case. Three subjects have want of the victim dead, but who had not only the need but the follow through to do so?

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