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Nothing but the Truth (Dismas Hardy #6)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  1,725 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Guilt and The 13th Juror comes an electrifying new thriller--a novel in which San Francisco defense attorney Dismas Hardy faces the case of his career. This time his family is involved--and for Hardy, a devoted husband and father, the stakes have never been higher.

Dismas knows his wife, Frannie, is the most reliable
Published July 5th 2000 by Random House Audio (first published January 4th 2000)
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Mar 17, 2010 Johnny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
There are some prolific authors that fail to engage me because of the perceived style of writing. Lescroart’s oeuvre seemed to consist of lengthy books that seemed overly predictable. If my first experience with his writing is any indication, boy did I get a wrong number. Nothing But The Truth is both a criminal trial novel about an attorney (something I very much enjoy when it is done well and despise when it is done poorly) and a mystery-thriller. It starts off with the attorney’s very respons ...more
Sep 01, 2010 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Lescroart weaves taut legal thrillers and this book is particularly good. It starts off with the disappearance of Dismas Hardy's wife, Frannie. She doesn't pick the kids up from school, and the worrying begins. In turns out, she was subpoenaed to appear in front of the grand jury and is being held in contempt for refusing to reveal a conversation she had with her friend, Ron, whose wife (Brea) was just murdered. Frannie also angers the judge, who adds more time to her contempt sentence. Dis ...more
Marty Fried
Jun 24, 2016 Marty Fried rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, audiobooks
Another winner by John Lescroart. Lots of interaction between Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitzky, which is always entertaining. This one had a lot going on, a few surprises, and lots of generally good reading, or in my case, listening. By the way, the narrator of these audiobooks is very good, in my opinion, so if you want to try an audiobook, you can't go wrong with one in this series.

Sometimes I feel a bit guilty reading his books because so far, they all seem to have a happy ending. The good guys w
Dec 14, 2009 Marti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
yes, i am a fan! i hope eventually to read all the books in this series. this one goes back to before abe glitsky was remarried. it was great as usual, but i started getting a little bogged down in the legal part toward the end. dismas hardy's wife frannie comes off being rather strange at times, especially when she battles the judge and lands in jail for several days. still, it is terrific to see the team--dismas and abe--working together.
Apr 16, 2012 BJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a lot to like in this book. There were twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. And best of all, I loved the Perry-Mason moment at the end. The only thing that bothered me was the angst between Hardy and his wife. Maybe by the time I get the to end of the series I will enjoy Dismas and Frannie and all their family melodrama. And maybe not.
Aug 29, 2013 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great courtroom, mystery, action, whodunit, love story, make you think, funny and suspenseful story. It was great, and it appears I stepped into a series so I am going to have to read more of these! I recommend it if you like stuff like this.
Oct 26, 2015 Leo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More tightening up would have made this a 5 star read - POV changes were annoying, too much blah, great central story line/plot
Mar 30, 2014 Lela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book more as it went on but the end wasn't enough to make up for it being slow in the beginning.
Mar 21, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice legal thriller. Not as compelling as most Grisham books, but compelling nonetheless.
Dec 17, 2016 Pmatthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lescroat
One of the better Dismas / Abe books I've read.
Good story. A bit wordy for me. I found myself skipping some of the details.
Oct 25, 2010 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Poor Dismas Hardy. His wife Frannie's in jail on contempt of court charges. Seems she's protecting a secret confided to her by her friend Ron, now the prime suspect in the murder of his beautiful wife Bree. Naturally Dis is shaken, mostly because Frannie's relationship with this man seems so close. If there's nothing between them, why would she be willing to go to jail for him? Nevertheless, Dis takes on the burden of discovering who murdered Bree, hoping that his fears about his own wife will b ...more
Oct 05, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this as an audio-book. It was long and involved, but I think I was able to understand it much better in a spoken format than reading it and following all the convolutions.

Interestingly, the tone of voice the reader used for Frannie Hardy made me dislike her quite a bit. She came across as whiny and insincere. The overreaction to her four days in jail by her husband and everybody else seemed a bit much. I got to the point I wanted to just slap them all silly for the lack of sleeping
Nov 30, 2014 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
BEWARE of spoilers. One man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler.

Criminal defense attorney Dismas ("good thief" on the cross next to Christ's) Hardy has a tightrope to walk in this one.

His wife Frannie is thrown in jail for contempt of court. Dismas has to get her out even though she refuses to divulge a male friend's secret to a grand jury that had summoned her. Nor will she tell Dismas, who's wondering why she's so tight with some other guy.

His best friend Abe Glitsky (police officer,
I might rate this a 2.5 because I got bogged down with all the scientific details. It starts out well, when Dismas Hardy's wife, Frannie, goes missing. I'm drawn into the drama and mystery developing around her and the involvement with her friend, Ron, whose wife has been murdered. Then the mystery evolves around Bree, the dead girl and her connections in the ethanol studies. Her life and studies are complicated, and that becomes the main part of the book. Who killed her and why? That, I thought ...more
Cheryl Beran
I don't really like the main character very much. He is pretty myopic and self-centered. And his wife, who is in jail, values her loyalty to her "friend" and her ability to keep a secret more than her family. They deserve each other. So what she went to jail for four days? Life is full of choices - that was hers. Dismas acts like it is the end of the world and she is in for life. And - his feeble attempt to take her food in jail - really? An attorney who doesn't know you can't do that? Gees! So ...more
Charles Kerns
A long, basically silly book about (primarily) lawyers duking it out verbally in front of judges. A book with many industry facts for those who scare easily about carcinogenic fuel additives.
Tip: I read the first 100 pages (the first 80 are the best, but beware the cover has a spoiler for this section- I would rip cover off.) and then skipped to the last 100 pages reducing the word load by 400 (almost) pages. In doing so, I was not confused about plot or characters, and I had no problems fillin
Jul 26, 2015 Loretta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another story with Attorney Dismas Hardy solving another case. This time his wife is put in jail for contempt in the courtroom. She refused to tell Ron's secret during the grand jury hearing. Ron's wife had been killed and the prosecutor was looking for him. All the usual (well-developed) characters in the Hardy novels were present. Abe Glinsky (homicide chief) and David Freeman, attorney and landlord of Dismas' office. A murder mystery tied into gasoline additives, love found and lost, a govern ...more
This Dismas Hardy novel opens up with his wife Frannie being thrown in jail for refusing to reveal a secret told to her by a friend to a grand jury when the friend is under investigation for murdering his wife. During the 4 days that she is in jail for contempt hardy tries to track down the murderer even if it may be his wife friend. Unlike most of Lescroart’s novel little courtroom action till the final pages this book has a lot of political and judicial maneuvering as Hardy seeks to free his ...more
Steve Sawczyn
So much seems to have changed in the life of Dismas Hardy between this and the last book that I found this book rather difficult to really get into at first. Sure the elements that make this series worth reading are all there, drama, suspense, many twists and turns -- it just seems to me that so much of the underlying lives of the characters have changed without much explanation. Be that as it may, I'm definitely going to continue reading and will hope the next book picks up closer in the charac ...more
Sep 18, 2009 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I haven't read Lescroart before, and enjoyed this thriller for its what-if possibilities, since it's centered around the protagonist's wife. She's the main caregiver for their children, and goes to jail rather than reveal the secret of another parent she's met who's suspected of murder. The plot is typically thriller-complex with lots of potential Bad Guys, but acknowledges some of its own farfetched theories, having detectives say things like, "And then the big oil companies killed her? Come on ...more
Apr 11, 2010 Kesha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It took me several months to read this book. I read a few chapters, then found myself distracted by books I found more interesting. Which is my point - this book was not engaging to me. I didn't find the protagonist likable and the plot took too long to develop for my taste. There were also so many more characters than were necessary, mostly to provide distractions to keep the reader guessing. The lent very little to the story and rather than keeping me from figuring out whodunit, they kept me f ...more
Sep 12, 2016 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I read this book several years ago, and, in a quest to save some money, decided to re-read it rather than buy a new book. Glad I did. Loved the book and had forgotten much of the story (from 2001), which made it fun to read. I've enjoyed Lescroart's books for a long time now, and always enjoy his characters Hardy and Glitsky. Lots of twists and turns in this book, and a surprise ending. Always a good thing.
Jun 02, 2015 Marca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dismas Hardy’s wife Frannie fails to pick up the kids from school and Dismas cannot find Frannie anywhere. He eventually locates Frannie; she is in jail for refusing to reveal what she knows about the murder of her friend Ron’s wife to a grand jury (she also smarted off to the attorneys and judge in the court, which gave her a speed-pass to jail). Dismas tries to unwind the complicated life of the Ron and his late wife while Frannie cools her heels in jail.
Oct 28, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Lescroart novel I ever read. What a story to start with! It entangles politics, big-company oil/chemicals, and the modern family struggles of kids-job-marriage. Although I might not have followed the whole oil/chemical companies storyline, I really enjoyed the book as a whole and especially the author's approach to marriage and family as a priority. And so I went back to the library for a second Lescroart novel, and a third, fourth, fifth...
Terri Floccare
This my first Lescroart book. I really liked Dismas Hardy, the main character. I initially thought he'd be keeping Harry Bosch and Jack Reacher company on my favorite character list. But then the story bogged down, and down, and down... I'm willing to spend more time with Dismas, but only if the story gets better. He gets one more date!
Bernadette Fox
Sep 05, 2015 Bernadette Fox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this older Lescroart book and was surprised to find that these characters have grown so much in these books. I can't believe Dismas Hardy's daughter is only school-age in this book, when I recently read about her adventures trying her first case as an attorney working for her dad. Years of entertaining us with these same cast of characters and I never get bored.
J. Ewbank
This Lescroart book is one of the better books. Enjoyed the characters and the plot. Another Dismas Hardy book and that means that it is a good one.

The plot involves the disappearance and arrest of his wife for not revealing information. And, the story goes on from there.

A good read and enjoyable.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
So far, my favorite Dismas Hardy book. Frannie's character is fleshed out even more when she refuses to reveal a secret and winds up in contempt of court and jailed. Lescroart also gets into the dynamics of a marriage when both parties are so busy, they forget each other and, ultimately, if unchecked, grow apart.
Jul 20, 2013 Ace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dismas Hardy's wife, Frannie, has been sworn to secrecy by the father of one of her daughter's playmates. She won't reveal the secret to Dismas, and she won't reveal it to a grand jury which is why she gets thrown into the clink. With no sympathy from the DA or the judge, it's up to Dismas to unravel the mystery and get Frannie out. Vintage Lescroart - a great read.
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John Lescroart (born January 14, 1948) is an American author best known for two series of legal and crime thriller novels featuring the characters Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky.

Lescroart was born in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Junípero Serra High School, San Mateo, California (Class of 1966). He then went on to earn a B.A. in English with Honors at UC Berkeley in 1970. In addition to his nov
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