The 13th Juror (Dismas Hardy, #4)
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In John T. Lescroart's brilliant new novel, The 13th Juror, Dismas Hardy, lawyer/investigator, undertakes the defense of Jennifer Witt, accused of murdering her husband and their eight-year-old son as well as her first husband, who had died nine years earlier from an apparent drug overdose. While preparing his case, Hardy learns that both of Jennifer's husbands had physica...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published August 2nd 2005 by Signet (first published September 20th 1994)
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Cathy DuPont
My fourth Dismas Hardy and I really like the character, like him a lot. I like attorneys anyway, so no surprise there. And about one-half the book was a courtroom setting; ditto there, too. No problem.

However, at the beginning in reading the acknowledgements, Lescroart says "My editor (and publisher) Don Fine has done a yeoman's job of nipping, tucking and tightening the sprawling manuscript into its final form..." The word that jumped out at me was "tightening" since previous books, I felt, ne...more
Deborah
I can't figure out if she did it, or not! I'll let you know, or maybe not...when it's all finished.

Really enjoyable book that's well written and wonderfully narrated for audio. I like a courtroom-centered drama especially when it involves a young woman whose successful, young doctor husband, and her eight year old son have been murdered! She's the obvious murderer....

Well, it's finished and I could never have guessed "who done it." Lescroart had me all along the way. I do have to say that I once...more
Ferne
The best short synopsis I read online: "The pressure is on for Dismas Hardy when an abused woman is accused of killing her husband and child in cold blood. Only Dismas believes she's innocent. However, faith alone won't be enough to save her unless Dismas takes one terrifying risk to keep her alive." - From Powell's City of Books.

The top line across the paperbook said, "The Stunning Bestseller." As one reaches for the title on the shelf, one wonders if it will truly be a "stunning" read as per m...more
William
One of the finest works of popular fiction I've ever read. People often ask me, are there other writers of legal fiction you enjoy? Well, as a matter of fact, yes, and here it is. Lescroart is always good, but I will probably always think of this as the unforgettable one. If I ever write a legal novel this good, I will be a happy man.
Nan Williams
Jun 26, 2013 Nan Williams rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes suspense.
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It was definitely a page turner. Lots of twists and turns, good courtroom scenes.

A book originally published 20 years ago is enlightening in the changes in our society as well as in crime fiction. I appreciated the clean language and the clarity of thought in the narrative. Every time a character would do something like "look for a phone booth," I had to remind myself the book was written in 1994.

The plot could easily have been written today - it was timeless. It was well written, well paced and...more
George
UNINTERESTING.

"Her eyes were malachite set into the alabaster of her skin."—page 147

I'm glad to be finished with THE 13th JUROR, by John Lescroat: a novel that is way too long and less than engaging.

Recommendation: Not worth your time.

"...the populace was beginning to understand that there was no such thing as a nonviolent crime in San Francisco anymore"—page 187

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Beverly
Maybe 3 1/2 stars. This is a classic, straightforward legal mystery with a lot of court room action. Dismas Hardy is a good protag., but his friends and family are slightly cloying, or could become so. The story is about Jennifer Witt, a battered wife accused of killing her abusive husband and her child. But Jennifer insists that she is innocent and won't allow testimony about her battering because it will entail a guilty verdict, although not a stiff penalty. By sticking to her innocence, she r...more
Iris
The 13th Juror is my third Dismas Hardy mystery. It is the fourth book in the series. In The 13th Juror it is unclear if Hardy's client, Jennifer Witt, is guilty or innocent. In the other Dismas Hardy books that I have read, I was able to root for the innocent underdog. Without that, this book lacked some of the tension of the other books. Like the other books, the ending was a little too convenient to be believable. Still, John Lescroart seems to write mostly enjoyable stories without using muc...more
Jane Brant
I don't know how I've missed this mystery writer...excellent use of trial procedures, along with personal characteristics of spousal abuse, psychology, and police investigations. I will definitely have to read some of his other works.
Gmak
Ok, the surprise ending made it worth getting there. Did Jennifer, a battered wife, kill her husband and son or not... This was good enough that I picked up three more John Lescroart books at the library book sale for a dollar each.
Marcia
This book deals primarily with a murder trial and sentencing. I have read a lot of mysteries/thrillers, but I was not prepared for the murderer in this one! Dismas Hardy was confused too. Everybody thought his client was guilty but with mitigating circumstances. The client, Jennifer Witt, absolutely refused to plead guilty and to use a battered wife defense. Almost everyone would have done so, especially after the jury found her guilty and voted for the death penalty. After a few dead ends that...more
Hollowman
Mostly formulaic. Some good writing ... but WEAK story and plot.
ABANDONED after 100 pages. THIS is Lescroart's top-rated?? Not even worth further comment!
Joe
Another good installment from a promising series, a little drawn out and not as quick moving plot as the previous book in ther series. 3 Stars for me.
Mac
The 13th Juror satisfies my criteria for an entertaining legal thriller. First, the story has the right level of complexity, enough to hold my interest throughout, but not so much that I need to list the various characters and their interrelationships. Second, there is a certain level of credibility; the characters talk like real people (not devices to advance the plot), and their actions are generally believable. Also, the plot twists are revealed carefully so my interest is maintained and then...more
Joel Ungar
I didn't think this was one of Lescroart's better ones, and I thought it was about 200 pages too long (at least the paperback version).

Dismas Hardy continues to be an enjoyable character but in this one he seems rather distant. Part of that is he is still trying to segue to being a defense attorney and figuring out his relationship with David Freeman.

There were some parts I didn't think were handled all that great. (Don't read this paragraph is you don't want a bit of a spoiler.) Jennifer's big...more
Mom
Probably 3 1/2 stars. A well developed character, Dismas Hardy, Esq., defends a battered wife accused of killing her husband. Largely set in the courtroom, the story has good legal sense and realistically messed up characters, at least the major ones. The supporting women and cloying though, and the defendant unappealing, but beautiful so the men think she has to be innocent.
Lynne
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this book. the story and characters were very good. It could have been shorter. There were quite a few times where I didn't immediately know which character was saying what....possibly something to do with the e-book format, though I've never had this problem before.
Pam
My first Lescroat (recommended by a reading friend)... at 500 pages it was just too much plug and padding and wayward filling for me. ...and repetition. It was good enough but not enough for me to rush right into another of the Dismas Hardy books I have downloaded.
Joy
The walls were champagne. The house was immaculate. A prosperous doctor lived there with his son and his beautiful wife. But the elegant walls hid a family's secret, a wife's shame. And one day shots rang out in the doctor's house. Suddenly Jennifer Witt was in jail, facing the death penalty.
Jennifer insisted that she had not killed her abusive husband -- and she could never have killed her own son. Dismas Hardy believed her.But Hardy was only part of the defense team, and the only lawyer who co...more
Ron King
This is an excellent book, well written, with an interesting plot. It is a little slow at times, but the plot keeps you wondering until the end. My first reading of Lescroart, but I will definitely check out other books that he has written.
Maureen Best
Not what you expect

Not what you expect

Just when you think you know, an unexpected twist occurs again and again. Good insight into the stereotype of domestic violence and some of the suffering victims experience.
Mary
The 13th Juror is NOT a quick read, but it is one that you don't want to put down. The characters are very human and the plots and subplots keep you wondering just what the truth is. Jennifer Witt is accused of killing not only her abusive husband and only son, but also her first husband years earlier. The victims, except for the son, are not very likeable...but neither is Jennifer. Every character has their own agenda and it is hard to tell who or what to believe. The legal aspects of the story...more
Marty
I found this very engaging, right from the start. The finish is somewhat abrupt and not really due to the investigation of the central character, Dismas Hardy, but is sprung on the reader when he realizes what must have happened. There was a moment when the subject of hypnosis came up and I thought it was going to have a completely phony ending, but it was merely a minor point.
There were a lot of publishing or editing issues in this book. Many typos and places where the wrong name was used for t...more
Victoria Shepherd
Expertly written legal procedural, wholly attention capturing, with an ending that came out of nowhere (to the detriment of this otherwise superbly crafted story).
Stephanie
This was one of the earlier Dismas Hardy books - and it wasn't one of this best. The story was good, but he improved as a writer with the later books. That said, I did go get a couple others at the library. I like the characters.
Randy
Lescroart is a very good author. In my ever so humble opinion however, I feel like he's an extremely able penman who has consistently been just an idea away from writing a runaway bestseller. That said, The 13th Juror is a good read but not his best. It's another Dismas Hardy whoreallydunnit and as usual he gives you a clue or two and Hardy susses them out. It was well wriiten but I found myself speed reading it at times just to get through it. Even with that it took me 10 days to get done and a...more
Susan
This is another Dismis Hardy story - the ex-policeman, kind of lawyer guy. It's long - in fact, I picked it up off the used bookshelf because it was fat and I needed a nice long read. This one fit the bill perfectly. Dismis is trying to decide what to do with his life. He's had good offers from real law firms but he can't bring himself to do it. So he rents space from the best, most odious defense lawyer in town. And while his landlord is tied up in court, Dismis gets the case that propels him t...more
Kannan Govindarajan
A wee bit stretched considering its content. A good read nonetheless.
Marilyn Knox
Interesting plot with an unexpected twist at the end. Well written.
Mary Sue
My first try with this author and I was happy with the selection. The main character Dismas Hardy is put on the defense team for the penalty phase of a capital crime. Problem is the defendant is adamant that she did not kill her abusive husband and young son. And Dismas needs to come up with the real killer as her only defense. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Dismas' wife is in her own crisis mode and needs the big guy's TLC. I really like courtroom dramas and this one does not fail to entertain a...more
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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...more
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“tone. He broke a smile. “Of course. Many times.” “And you have no doubt, personally, that the woman you saw at the gate across the street after the shots was Jennifer Witt.” To his credit, realizing what it meant, Alvarez took some time, staring at Jennifer. “I have nothing against the woman, but it was her.” “Your Honor!” “All right, Mr. Freeman. The jury will disregard that last answer. Mr. Alvarez, please just answer the question.” The court recorder, Adrienne, read back Powell’s question, and this time Alvarez” 0 likes
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