The 13th Juror (Dismas Hardy, Book 4)

By John Lescroart

In John T. Lescroart's extraordinary new novel, The thirteenth Juror, Dismas Hardy, lawyer/investigator, undertakes the protection of Jennifer Witt, accused of murdering her husband and their eight-year-old son in addition to her first husband, who had died 9 years prior from an obvious drug overdose. whereas getting ready his case, Hardy learns that either one of Jennifer's husbands had bodily abused her. yet Jennifer refuses to permit a security that presumes her guilt. She isn't really accountable, she claims. Hardy is now pushed to hunt an alternate fact a jury can think. because the trial progresses, the complicated fact itself starts to alter, to bend, to vanish out and in of concentration because the clock retains ticking on Jennifer's destiny, until eventually there turns out just one individual left to persuade, and she or he is "the thirteenth juror"—the pass judgement on. The thirteenth Juror is a gorgeous and suspenseful novel of ethical ambiguity, of fine intentions, undesirable decisions and the tortuous route to final justice.

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She held up a hand, removing his reaction. “If you don’t, that’s ok, yet we shouldn’t discuss it as though you do. ” “It’s no longer that. ” “I guess it truly is. You name these kinds of humans who’ve been interviewing you company rats. i believe the word betrays a definite prejudice. ” Hardy popped a chocolate, sipped a few wine. “I particularly don’t be aware of what it really is. This factor with Jennifer Witt simply walked into my lifestyles this morning. What am I presupposed to do? Freeman has requested me to assist. He’ll take over within the morning. ” “But you have an interest, aren’t you? ” “No commitments,” he stated. “But definite, it’s fascinating. I checked out the dossier. ” “You suggest the dossier you couldn’t get your nostril out of, that you simply appear to have memorized? ” Hardy gave up. “Yeah, that dossier. ” “And what if she did it? ” Frannie used to be grabbing at straws and knew it. Hardy sat again. “She nonetheless has the perfect to an legal professional. ” Frannie gave him a glance. “What’s that acquired to do with you? ” “I’m an legal professional? ” They either laughed; the stress damaged a bit. one of many candles kicked the bucket, a wisp of smoke emerging immediately within the nonetheless room. Frannie reached a hand around the desk and took her husband’s. “Look. you recognize I’m with you. I simply wish you to make certain you’re doing anything you’ll feel free with. This isn’t only one case, you recognize. in the event you take this one, that’s what you’re going to be doing, taking instances. possibly protecting humans forever. ” Hardy had as soon as been a cop, and on separate events he had labored within the District Attorney’s place of work. Frannie was once of the opinion that if somebody used to be born and bred to the prosecution, it used to be her husband. She had heard his tirades opposed to and/or scornful dismissal of safety legal professionals, the “ambulance chasers,” the “pond scum” who took anyone for his or her price up entrance. “It doesn’t need to be sleazy,” Hardy stated. Frannie smiled at him. “I simply ponder whether that’s the existence you will have. ” “The lifestyles i would like is with you. ” She squeezed his hand. “You be aware of what I suggest. ” He knew what she intended. It frightened him a few, too. yet he knew if David Freeman requested him to assist with Jennifer Witt, in virtually any potential, and stale the pinnacle of his head he may well examine numerous, he was once going to do it. Which intended he wasn’t pursuing any of his task probabilities. Which, in flip, intended . . . He didn’t recognize. the opposite candle went out. “Let’s depart the dishes,” he acknowledged. four San Francisco’s corridor of Justice, situated near—almost under—the one hundred and one highway on the nook of seventh and Bryant, is a grey monolith of amazing impersonality. Its decrease tales condominium a number of urban and county departments, together with police, coroner, the workplace of the District legal professional, and courtrooms and jury-selection ready rooms. The penitentiary at the 6th and 7th flooring is run by way of the San Francisco County Sheriff, rather than the city’s police division. in the back of the construction, a brand new penal complex used to be slowly emerging in what was a carpark. Hardy entered throughout the again front, was once cleared during the steel detector and, finding out to avoid the slowest elevator in the US, ascended to the 3rd ground by means of the stairway and into the commonly used bedlam that reigned within the broad excessive hallway.

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