The 13th Juror (Dismas Hardy, #4)
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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
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
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
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.

"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

Adobe Digital Edition (ePub), 465 pages
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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).
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
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
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
This Dismas Hardy novel finds Dismas working in the private sector as a defense attorney. This case finds him acting as Keenan counsel for a battered wife accused of killing her husband and son while his friend and landlord David Freeman handles the initial case. After Freeman loses the trial can Hardy find enough evidence to keep her from being put to death or even enough to have the judge set aside the verdict and free her? Good effort from Lescroart with good courtroom action and investigatio...more
Sep 18, 2009 Jo rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: mystery lovers, esp legal eagles
Listened on Audio. Reader: David Colacci

My preference in legal crime novels is a series type writer which Lescroart is. I like Dismas Hardy as a character and really enjoy Lescroart's writing. But I really only liked half of this book a lot. This one seemed to outlast its story, and the believability was stretched for me. Still better than most of what is out there. And I could listen to David Colacci read drivel. His voice appeals to me. I especially like his work on Donna Leon's series.
Jul 17, 2013 Sheila rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Friends,family & goodreads members
Recommended to Sheila by: myself
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This was my first John Lescroart book. Jennifer Witt is charged with murder of her husband Larry and son Matt whereby she is facing death penalty. She has claimed she did not kill them, even though she is battered-woman just like her mother. Lawyer David Freeman and Hardy is trying to prove Jennifer is innocent and there is another killer. There is great narrative, with suspense, politics and court case but 560 pages is a bit too long. I will surely read other books by this author.
Anita Wilkerson
I had a difficult time relating to the victim in this story because she was so very uncooperative. You don't find out the reason why until the very end, and then you're still not sure you believe her. I expect this is a sign of really well done character development in that I care about the characters enough to consider whether I believe them or not. I'm working my way through the Dismas Hardy series and as of four books in, Lescroart has not disappointed.
This is the first of John Lescroart books I've read. Even though it was book #4 it wasn't necessary that I read the previous 3 to understand this book. Although I enjoyed the storyline of this book I found it to be a little bit too detail oriented and I'm not sure the "other dude" tangents added anything to the book. I wouldn't say that I would never read any of his books but I don't have a burning desire to get the of the books in the series.
An interesting story ... had a few ideas of who it was and I guessed correctly. The story has lot of twists and turns and was well written.
I bought this years ago at Costco - it was the first Lescroart book we read. Since then my husband and I have read all the earlier and all the subsequent books. Great series.
The book jumped around to various side stories that seemed, at best, marginally relevant to the main plot. While in some cases it may have been warranted to explore deeper facets of a character's life, often times it seemed to give a lengthened and distracted feel to the story at large. Perhaps the intent was to provide a more realistic feel of how some trials can be.
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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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