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The Ophelia Cut (Dismas Hardy #14)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  1,379 ratings  ·  303 reviews
Brittany is 23, the pretty, popular daughter of Moses McGuire — and niece of defense attorney Dismas Hardy. Her most recent of many ex-boyfriends, Rick Jessup, can’t get over her. His abuse escalates, culminating in a terrible night when Brittany is raped. Within 24 hours, Rick is dead, Moses is the prime suspect, and Hardy must defend his old friend. The case threatens to ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Atria Books (first published May 1st 2013)
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James Thane
This is another very good entry in what has become my favorite legal thriller series. Over the thirteen books that precede this one, author John Lescroart has created a great cast of characters, centered on attorney Dismas Hardy, Homicide Lieutenant Abe Glitsky, and their families and friends, many of whom are active in San Francisco's relatively close-knit legal community.

By now, all of these people have a history together and some of them are haunted by events that occurred in an earlier novel
Stacy Bearse
The seemingly contrived and convenient conclusion of this courtroom thriller is redeemed in the final pages with an ironic revelation. When we first met Dismas Hardy many years ago, he was a struggling young barrister, a former cop and Viet-Nam vet, who scraped through law school to earn a low-paying position as a city prosecutor. In this fourteenth novel of the series, we see a tired, sixty-something criminal defense attorney plowing through the winter of his life and career. The evolution of D ...more
Patrice Hoffman
Let's get this straight, I was not always on board with The Ophelia Cut by John Lescroart but I felt that I had a duty to read it since I will be reading The Keeper soon. Not to mention, I'd also won it in a Goodreads giveaway a year ago and attempted to read and complete it then, but to no avail. I just wasn't interested in this novel. It begins promising but then become endlessly boring, going on and on about... nothing really. But finally after having finished it, I'm glad I could push throug ...more
Tucker Elliot
I read the hardback edition purchased at my local bookstore – not through Amazon – because for the most part I’ve enjoyed reading John Lescroart’s books in the past, particularly the Dismas Hardy novels. In terms of courtroom drama I believe he’s one of the more reliable authors out there and he is certainly a fine writer who is adept at creating great suspense and drama.

The opening sections of the book were slow but necessary. We had to meet the new characters and we had to get the background
I learned to like cop/lawyer/mysteries partly because of John Lescroart, a 'local' writer (San Francisco) who does it all right.

He's a strong writer - by that I mean his writing and his content is full of muscle (figuratively, not literally). He writes good strong prose and his characters are alive and breathing in all their faults and struggles because of the writing. And yet, the main characters are likable, and you the reader root for them.

I have read all of Lescroart's books, and this lates
Mal Warwick

I have a question for you if you love courtroom dramas.

What is it that keeps you coming back for more?

Is it the sheer tension and suspense? The brilliance of the litigators? The clash of personalities in the courtroom? The opportunity to guess which way the jury will go? The potential for surprises?

If questions along those lines define your taste for the genre, you should be a fan of John Lescroart, a San Francisco writer who has authored 21 crime thrillers cen
April Kane
I had a hard getting through John Lescroat’s The Ophelia Cut. I’ve never read any of the Dismiss Hardy books and I had a difficult time understanding what actually happened six years ago that all the main characters in the book wanted to keep a secret. I did not know when I started it that this was the 14th book in a series. I should have checked Goodreads first!

The story itself is ok – kind of a murder mystery and legal thriller combined together. Simply put, Defense Attorney Dismis Hardy’s al
Apr 18, 2013 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
The Ophelia Cut is the latest of Lescroart's Dismas Hardy series. I finished it a couple of weeks ago, and although I always enjoy catching up with these characters.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the back story, the event that no one wants uncovered is from six years previously and covered in Lescroart's The First Law.

When Dismas' niece is raped and her assailant murdered, suspicion falls on his brother-in-law Moses McGuire. Dismas must defend him and keep him from talking too much, possibly
N. Kuhn
Thankfully I was given this book in exchange for a review. If I had paid the $11 they are asking for it, I would be throwing a fit. Now, having said that, I have not read anything else by this author, but from what I gather or have heard, he's decent and can write. Not this time. As if trying to be the next John Grisham, he has fallen flat on his face. The blurb says nail biting suspense... No, not at all.

This book is slow, boring and completely bogged down with crap. The premise seemed great at
I was fortunate enough to get an advanced readers copy for an honest review. With it being an ARC the formatting was horrible. There were no breaks between character shifts and it made the story very difficult to follow. Hopefully this is corrected with the published novel, because it was tough to keep my attention, when I was constantly having to go back and re-read so I knew when the shift occurred.

The beginning of the book has a lot of characters to introduce which caused the story to bounce
In this Dismas Hardy (defense attorney) book, Dismas's brother-in-law Moses Mcguire is accused of murdering Rick Jessup, an abusive, blackmailing young man that his daughter had dated. Naturally the story has a bunch of possible suspects, including the handsome ex-cop/killer for hire who is in witness protection, the "massage parlor" entrepreneur, the crooked city councilman, etc. The politics of the police investigation results in power plays within the department that involve Dismas' good frie ...more
I am a long time fan of John lescroart. However, in recent years I have relegated to only reading his books about Dismas and Abe. I find the other characters terrible. That said, I'm still trying to decide if I like this book or not. It started odd strong. And I enjoyed the Tony s character most. Would love to see a book about him. I absolutely despised Brittany. She was written as a one- dimensional airhead. The focus on her looks was distracting and unnecessary. She's pretty. We got it. Wish h ...more
Amy Cohen
Stayed up late last night to finish it but SO disappointed with the ending! Although Moses could be a bit of a loose canon, I don't think the ending worked for me. Much of the book was spent in the courtroom, which I don't recall from other Dismas Hardy workings. Also, some attention was paid to alternate bad guys and much was made of the "SODDIT" defense, but it ultimately did not go anywhere and several of the bad guys seem to just slip away. Did they get away with murder? Apparently we'll nev ...more
It has good plot; story about a girl whose father allegedly killed her rapist, he was arrested and put on trial. The first half of the book felt somehow slow. The characters were well developed. Some were unnecessarily detailed. I find the last half part, the trial, to be the exciting bit. The author wrote in great details how the trial went and explained clearly the strategy they were approaching. The ending of the book left me unsatisfied. It was totally unexpected. Maybe the intention of the ...more
I've read all the Lescroart books, and really enjoy them. This one was right up there, until the very end. Dis is an excellent attorney, but this time I feel that Lescroart just took a cheap and easy way out that wasn't really true to character. Overall, it seemed shorter and less developed. The ride was good, the destination, not so much.
I love this series...but not this book. Page turning suspense? I don't think so. It started out that way, but somewhere after the trial began, the story lost steam and I lost interest. Perhaps Lescroart has take these characters as far as they should go.
Lescroart brings back his key character, Dismas Hardy, to ensure a massive hit, and does not disappoint. Pushing forward a few storylines throughout the opening third of the book, Lescroart paints a multi-faceted story that helps the reader reacquaint themselves with the players involved. When news about the murder of a political up-and-comer begins trickling down, a strong motive emerges for one character, though he declares his strong innocence. Is there more to the story than meets the eye? L ...more
I received a free download of "The Ophelia Cut" by John Lescroart through the NetGalley book review program.

As a lover of mystery suspense thrillers, this is an amazing legal thriller that had me glued to my seat to see what would happen next.The Ophelia has an incredible cast of characters and the plot has been woven intricately.

Anthony Xavier Ricci, 31 years old, and 8 years in NYPD, is a sergeant working Vice in Brooklyn.He keeps a locker with $33,700 and growing, a up to date deposit sheet,
On the surface, The Ophelia Cut is a whodunit. Or, at least I thought it was a whodunit until I finished the book. I suppose it could be a courtroom procedural, except that only covers the last half of the book. The first half could be a The Big Chill meets I Know What You Did Last Summer thriller-slash-character study. Except it doesn't quite deliver.

The cast of characters is large. At least it seems that way in the beginning. There's Diz, Glitsky, Hardy, McGuire, Frannie, Dismas, Susan, Moses,
Liz Wilkins
So, after what felt like a long wait to me, I started reading The Ophelia Cut and realised quite early on that here was Dismas Hardy, rocking the reading world once again. I love a good legal thriller and Dismas Hardy, along with Steve Martini's Paul Madriani are two of my favourite literary lawyers. In this outing, his niece Brittany is raped and Dismas finds himself in defence of Brittany's father Moses, standing accused of the murder of the rapist. With past events threatening to come to ligh ...more
The Ophelia Cut by John Lescroart is the latest installment in the Dimas Hardy series. This book was provided to me by Atria publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book was published in May 2013.

The gang is back. Diz and Moses and Abe. Moses is trying to stay sober and is doing a great job until his daughter Brittany hooks up with the wrong guy. After he confronts the man about harassing his daughter, the man turns up dead and of course we can guess who the prime suspect
I received an advanced uncorrected proof through a goodreads giveaway. This review is based upon that copy. I have ignored errors of formatting, spelling, and punctuation. This is a review purely of the story.

I wish I could offer a more favorable review, but the novel's flaws outweighed its strengths. As an avid reader--over 300 titles in the past year--I've certainly come across my share of great and poor novels. The Ophelia Cut is neither, but I believe it could be made very much better, with
Jill Manske
John Lescroart never disappoints. His books always have interesting plots, believable court-room drama, and characters that you feel you know. In The Ophelia Cut, attorney Dismas Hardy is faced with defending one of his long-time friends in a seemingly impossible murder case. If you've read Lescroart before, you'll recognize most of the characters. But, what sets Lescroart apart is that his characters evolve and mature over the course of several books. So, what you think you know about a particu ...more
Jun 03, 2014 L rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
I usually enjoy Lescroart's work more than I did this one. We saw a darker side of his characters this time, too "over the line" for my taste. Hardy, et al, are still there, but their actions disappoint--too self-serving. Still, the story is tense, with a complex plot.
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**I won a copy of this through a good reads give-a-way**

I have to admit that I didn't love this one. The story itself was a good one and very well developed. However, I felt it still lacked enough action for me to love this book.

The story revolves around a case where a man is murdered in his home. He went on a date with a woman whose father gets accused of his murder for reasons you find out as you read the book. There is some mystery to "who done it". & the mystery still remains at the very
Claudia Wagner
What I love about Lescroart’s novels is the continuing lives of his characters. I started his books with the first of his Dismas Hardy stories, Dead Irish, published in 1989. I didn’t read it then because I’d not heard of John Lescroart until a retired police detective recommended I read him. That was almost three years ago while I was writing my own novel Murder on Ceres (available at
In Dead Irish we first meet Hardy, a has-been, tending bar for his Vietnam War bu
Beware of spoilers. Remember, one man's spoiler is another man's book-flap summary.

Great entertainment! Food for thought, too.

Better than any other Lescroart book, this one deciphers a criminal trial. It provides not only the courtroom dialogue but also the legal strategies (including decisions to NOT play a certain angle), counter-moves, and interpretation of even the minor acts or body language of the players while in the courtroom on public view.

I just knew the Dockside Massacre from several
I have very mixed feelings for "The Ophelia Cut" by John Lesscroart. The book came roaring out of the gate. For the first 75 % of the book I was spellbound. The story was intense, and smack dab really good. This Lescroart vehicle has our old friend Diz Hardy, and his usual cast of characters. Wes Farrell has become D.A., Abe Glitsky now gets retired thanks to an over zealous new police chief. Moses McGuire, who is brother in law to Diz Hardy, manages to get himself arrested for killing a man who ...more
Tough to review this one. Great premise, disappointing ending. I enjoy Lescroart's writing, love his characters, especially Abe Glitsky. Never cared much for Dismas Hardy, but in this book he grew on me. Brittany, a pivotal character, was very annoying. Worst of all, it seemed like Lescroart couldn't decide how to end the book. So he didn't.

No resolution of the central question. Who killed the insufferable, misogynistic rapist? Too many other things left hanging. What happened to Tony? He was an
This is a weird review because I'm not sorry I read the book, and I'm sure I'll read the next in the series. But maybe only one more -- frankly, I think Lescroart has RUINED the series for me with this book, with his choices. I don't feel I can a lot more than that without revealing plot points.

But even apart from the stuff that just incensed me, the plot is kind of plodding, and long, and fairly unbelievable.
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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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