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Dead Irish (Dismas Hardy #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  3,386 ratings  ·  206 reviews
The first Dismas Hardy novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Fall, The Keeper, and The Ophelia Cut...

In his new life as a bartender at the Little Shamrock, Dismas Hardy is just hoping for a little peace. He's left both the police force and his law career behind. Unfortunately it's not as easy to leave behind the memory of a shattering personal loss-but for
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Published February 1st 2005 by Signet (first published January 27th 1990)
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Tea Jovanović
Odličan serijal popularnog američkog autora... Kod nas je prevedena samo jedna njegova knjiga... upravo ova "Irska smrt"... Da li zato što se radnja dešava u mom omiljenom američkom gradu, San Francisku, da li zbog žanra i likova... kako god, odličan pisac, našim čitaocima uglavnom nepoznat... Ako volite Grišama, Patersona dopašće vam se i ovaj pisac... Nadam se... :)
Cathy DuPont
Good, I’m happy…a new writer for me whose writing I really enjoy, John T. Lescroart.

This is the first in the series of many books with the introduction of Dismas Hardy. Dismas ‘Diz’ Hardy, ex-copy, ex-lawyer, and ex-husband is presently a bartender. A thirty something guy who is trying to find himself and hold it steady in the face of past tragedies.

I’ve always enjoyed characters who aren’t perfect, who have flaws and Diz has one or two. The main one is his inability to face life head on. He’s
Leon Aldrich
I read one in this series out of order (I won't admit to which one). It was a solid read, enough where I picked up both Dead Irish and The Vig, where they've been sitting on my shelves collecting dust. I make lapses in judgement like that all the time. Putting off reading a great author for no sensible reason.

I'm breaking out The Vig next.
Hmm... not a bad book! Where shall I begin...

As I was doing a search for new releases for January, I came across Suspect by John Lescroart. It sounded really good, so I checked up on it, wanting to make sure that it wasn't part of a series. Sure enough, Suspect was a stand-alone novel, but I came across this one as well. It's the first in the series, and a few reviews postes, especially the one that I found helpful, had me wondering if I should give this one a shot. See, the person stated that,
Tammy Walton Grant
John Lescroart's legal thrillers were an auto-buy for me in the mid 90s. I loved Dismas Hardy: the disillusioned, beat cop-cum-prosecutor-cum-bartender and his black cast-iron frying pan, his best friend Abe Glitsky and his world in San Francisco. Lescroart never disappointed and I looked forward to every release.

Then I had babies and quit reading anything that didn't start with the words "What to Expect...".

So recently, while trolling on GR (because really, isn't that what we all spend our fre
Tim Titolo
I am starting a series of books by John Lescroart. Since the author is supposed to be a legal thriller writer I though it was worth the effort. The first is Dead Irish which, from what I can tell, is the first with characters Dismas Hardy - a cop turned lawyer turned bar tender (amen!) and Abe Glitsky - cop.

These characters seemed to pop up every time I tried to read Lescroart (though I never finished his books) and so I thought I would go back to the beginning.

Dead Irish was not very action pac
No I didn't guess the murderer until the very end ! A solid and very entertaining read, "Dead Irish" by John Lescroart delivered in the clutch. Having never read anything from Lescroart before I finally listened to my mother who's been telling me for years to start reading. "Dead Irish" is the first in a series with the protagonist Dismas Hardy. Hardy who is a part time bar tender, and part time darts hustler with a checkered past. Previously a cop and a lawyer, Hardy threw it all away disillusi ...more
This was my introduction to Dismas Hardy; ex-marine, ex-lawyer, ex-cop, ex-husband, ex-Catholic, newly minted bartender, darts afficionado and all around pretty nice guy. It's clear he's made some life choices for a very personal reason but no clue as to what that is, early on.

Dismas is working for Moses McGuire in the tavern and when Eddie Cochrane shows up dead, seemingly a suicide, Moses asks him to investigate for his sister-in-law. Gradually Dismas starts to come out of his self-imposed pr
This book is the first in the Dismas Hardy series - about an Irish bartender, former police officer and lawyer. A Goodreads member highly recommended John Lescroart as legal thriller author and because my partner has pretty much read all of John Grisham's books, I was looking for a replacement. The Lescroart recommendation was very strong and the main character of this series sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a try and start at the beginning.

Initially this book didn't really grab me. It
Armin Hennig
Erste Gehversuche mit bezeichnenden Schwächen

Aller Anfang ist schwer, aber dass sich der erste Teil der Glitzky-Hardy-Saga als derart schwer verdaulicher Brocken erweisen würde, hat mich schon überrascht, dabei dachte ich, dass ich mit dem »Vertratuen« schon den Tiefstpunkt durchmessen hätte.

Eines vorweg, die Aufklärung des Mords an Eddie Cochran war nicht das Motiv, mir diesen Erstling bis zum bitteren Ende reinzuziehen, zumal es jemand unbemerkt geschafft hat einen Spoiler in die Krimi-Couch-K
Dismas Hardy is a former cop/former attorney-turned bartender. And he's quite content in this role as bartender at the Little Shamrock; it leaves him time to compete at darts. But, when Eddie Cochran, his boss's brother-in-law, apparently commits suicide and leaves his pregnant wife with no insurance money, Diz is pulled into the investigation.

For the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As far as character names go...Dismas is pretty darn cool. Right up there with Elvis! And the characte
Jan 16, 2013 Ms.pegasus rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in a character-driven mystery series
Recommended to Ms.pegasus by: James Thane of Goodreads
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Dismas Hardy, 34, ex-spouse, ex-marine, ex-cop, ex-attorney – those are his bare stats. We quickly learn more. His attachment to a well-cared for cast iron skillet in his kitchen, or the undemanding banter with the patrons of the Little Shamrock bar reflect a studied emotional withdrawal. He used to help his friend Pico attempt to rehabilitate traumatized sharks. They'd walk with the animals, attempting to restore normalized breathing by passing the water across the sharks' gills. None of the sh ...more
Francois Arsenault
I'm told the Dismas Hardy books become a lot better but this first one is a absolute mess.

Lescroart's prose attempts a Wodehouse-like approach to giving out information in an obtuse way. Instead of laughter, though, his mostly breeds confusion. Add to that the constantly shifting points of view that seem to be completly arbitrary and you get a book that lacks a great deal of focus. The main character is likeable enough but appears in little over half the books. New characters and viewpoints are
After reading the more mature work of John Lescroart’s Dismas Hardy mysteries, I was somewhat surprised to discover that this first novel in the series, Dead Irish, didn’t have quite the emotional impact on me as the later ones. There is some fine writing. Right at the beginning, Lescroart captures the unique micro-climates of San Francisco with a line like: “…and the temperature was twenty degrees lower than in the rest of the city. Nowhere was visibility greater than half a block, and squalls ...more
Russell Atkinson
One star looks more negative than I really want it to be, since this book wasn't badly written, but the simple truth is I didn't like it, so one star is my only option on Goodreads. I'm giving it two stars on my own blog, since I think of one star as a warning to stay away at all costs; I think on another day or month I might have stuck with this one and gotten into it. I remember almost giving up on Gone Girl right before the first big twist turned it into something riveting. The problem with D ...more
The first Dismas Hardy book. great!
This started out slow but it was laying the foundation for a very exciting finish to the book. I loved the setting, San Francisco. Dismas Hardy is a very interesting character and I think I would like to get to know him better. There are more books to the series and it seems that this may be the type that you can pick up from time to time and enjoy.
Leah (packfan20)
Too many characters and too many ridiculous story lines that didn't matter. If I hadn't read some of the later books in this series out of order, I wouldn't read anymore.
Really enjoyed this 1st in the Dismas Hardy series, agree with other comments re this book doing a very good job of getting to know principal characters, I like the authors style and will be checking out the other books in the series..
Nancy Day
I got this on the cheap in a deal from Audible, taking a chance on an interesting title and description. I started out liking this book - it's old - no internet and no one has cell phones. Nevertheless, the characters are OK and the plot not bad, However, it got more implausible as it progressed. The adult male characters were pretty well-drawn, but the women seemed to all be uncomplicated support systems for the men - part of this is the age of the book, but some is just bad characterization. T ...more
This is the first of the Dismas Hardy books. All of the characters are flawed but trying to work through this life anyway. The book has 3 murders and one attempted murder. The motive for the first murder, which leads to the others, is simply lust/love for another man's wife. Jim Cavanaugh, now a priest, simply cannot believe that Erin chose Big Ed and raised a family with a gardener when she could have had HIM! His sin of pride overshadowed everything else in his life until the end when he kille ...more
The mystery in this story was kind of predictable, but Dead Irish had more to offer than the mystery itself. John Lescroart brings the reader into the characters lives, making you feel for each one.
Michael Drakich
As thrillers go, this is a good one. You keep thinking the story is going to go one way, but then it takes off on some other tangent, keeping you on your toes.

I really liked the writing style. This story was a real easy read and engaged me throughout. I found all of the characters identifiable and enjoyed the author's ability to introduce some levity now and then in a tense story. It made it seem real as people are always wise-cracking in real life.

In truth, I wanted to give this four and a hal
Sigh. Must be me. Maybe Lescroart was the first to do it, but I'm sick to death of drunken Irish ex-cops. Three stars, though. I've read worse.
Feb 03, 2010 Stacey rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I am honestly kinda bummed. I was really hoping to love the character of Dismas and he just fell short. Unfortunately, not a series I will continue.
Ellen Keim
There was too much back story for this to be a satisfying first novel in a series. Dismas Hardy has blunted his emotions so much, they're blunted for the reader, too. I would have liked to have seen a little more into his soul. We weren't around to see how he reacted when he first suffered his loss and the author takes too long to reconstruct that for us in this novel. Too many things are left unresolved, plus there are some things that are overlooked or not followed up on. I have heard good thi ...more
I love this author, but this book was my least favorite of his novels.
This novel was rather slow and not very exciting. There wasn't much suspense until the last chapter or so. I figured out who the murderer was fairly early in the story. Dismas Hardy, ex-cop and ex-lawyer, is a likable character who had suffered his own tragedies in the past and is trying to deal with them by working as a bartender in his best friend's bar. After the suspicious death of his best friend's wife's husband, he agrees to investigate the death. The narrator of this book on tape was Dav ...more
Hooray for used book sales! That's where I found this book by one of my favorite authors. It tells of Dismas Hardy, former policeman, now a lawyer, and the people he knows and loves. He is a part time bartender for his partner Moses. Frannie, Moses' younger sister is married to Eddie Cochran, who is found shot dead. That is not the only murder to occur. One thing Dismas does is walk around a tank holding onto a shark which has been stranded. This has yet to save the shark, but he and his buddy t ...more
Okay, but hard to get into
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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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Other Books in the Series

Dismas Hardy (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • The Vig (Dismas Hardy, #2)
  • Hard Evidence (Dismas Hardy, #3)
  • The 13th Juror (Dismas Hardy, #4)
  • The Mercy Rule (Dismas Hardy, #5)
  • Nothing but the Truth (Dismas Hardy, #6)
  • The Hearing (Dismas Hardy #7)
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