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Hard Evidence (Dismas Hardy #3)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  2,052 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
The first evidence is found in the belly of a shark: a hand sporting a jade ring. The hand belongs to a Silicon Valley billionaire. When the rest of his bullet-ridden body washes up on shore, Dismas Hardy, assistant D.A., is suddenly plunged into San Francisco's murder trial of the century.
A Japanese call girl with a long list of bigshot johns is the defendant. But a ser
Paperback, 688 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Signet (first published February 18th 1993)
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 10, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Those Who Know Absolutely NOTHING About the Law
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
My problem often with legal thrillers is I know too much about the law--and yes, it matters. Part of the pleasure of a good book is feeling immersed in another world--whether it's Mars or Ancient Greece or a nuclear submarine--or, in this case, the San Francisco District Attorney's office. Our hero in Hard Evidence, Dismas Hardy, is an ex-cop returning to the DA's office at 40 after a stint as a bartender. He's investigating a possible murder after a severed hand wearing a jade ring is found in ...more
Cathy DuPont
Dec 01, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it did not like it
Sorry, Diz...droning on and on like John Lescroart let you do, becomes very tedious reading. And I decided some time ago that life's too short to waste on books that I don't enjoy reading.

In my opinion, Hard Evidence needed some very serious editing which would have taken the 516 pages to a comfortable 350 pages more or less.

Lescroart's writing simply became very boring with pages and pages of saying little to keep the plot moving forward.

No, I will not stop reading this great series and yes,
Steve Sawczyn
Really liking the Dismas Hardy series, very suspenseful, a wonderful escape from reality. When the bullet-ridden body of a Silicon Valley billionaire washes up on shore, assistant D.A. Dismas Hardy finds himself the prosecutor in San Francisco’s murder trial of the century. The suspect: a Japanese call girl with a long list of prominent clients. But when a bizarre series of events blows the case wide open, Hardy finds himself on the other side of the law—as a lawyer for the defense….
Mr Stewart
Sep 01, 2012 Mr Stewart rated it really liked it
This was the first Lescroart book I read. Was not disappointed. In fact, it kicked off a courtroom drama reading binge on my part that is still in full swing.

And yes, I agree this particular plot and conclusion is maybe done a little more often than is prudent. But hey. Lescroart's take on it is a good one. So.
Aug 30, 2012 Paul rated it liked it
Nice to spend time with Dismas and Abe, but a fairly lackluster book in the series.
The development of Dismas is excellent in this entry. Regular characters continue and interesting new ones appear. Dismas changes jobs more than once in this book. I think Lescroart offers some brilliant insight into the soul-crushing, ego-death that a fruitless job search can become. Lots of clues given towards the final twisted plot's all laid out, the reader just has to follow.
Olivia "Don't Blame Me I Voted for Hillary"
John Lescroart is a genius. I've read three legal thrillers by him and his are among the best I've read. The plot of Hard Evidence has a lot of intriguing twists and turns, all of which make this book a page-turner.
William Clemence
the bloat is a definite distraction
Sep 27, 2016 Dan rated it liked it
This is the third in the Dismas series that I've read in order, and I was marginally disappointed. Aside from the difference in style when compared to the previous two, this just seemed way too long. As with the previous two, I identified the real 'perp' very early on in the book and I feel that Lescroart could have 'hidden' this a little better, especially given how long you have to keep reading in order to get back to your original hunch.
I'm no legal guru, but there seemed to be many deviation
Oct 14, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal-thriller
Early Dismas Hardy. Dismas has returned to the San Francisco District Attorney's office after marrying Frannie, sister of his partner Moses McGuire (see Dead Irish) and her child is born.

Late on a Sunday night, Hardy is putting in hours walking a shark at the Steinhart Aquariam. Pico Morales, the curator of the Steinhart and Hardy's good friend wants a live great white shark badly for the aquariam collection, but sharks must keep moving continuously and don't survive due to wounds or illness tha
May 31, 2009 Jen rated it liked it
Dismas Hardy returns in the third book from John Lescroart's series. The opening finds Dismas and Frannie married with baby Rebecca and another baby on the way. Dismas has left bartending behind and is now working for the San Francisco Prosecutor's office as an assistant D.A.

Dismas is the low man on the totem pole in the D.A.'s office so he's dealing with the crap cases. That is until he discovers a hand in the belly of a dead shark. When the rest of the body washes ashore with bullet holes, Di
May 26, 2014 Marcia rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, but I had two unanswered questions at the end. Throughout the reading, I thought the most important questions was this: After Owen Nash was killed on his boat, who could have sailed it back to port in difficult conditions? May could not have done it since she was only a passenger a few times. So, the obvious person was Celine Nash, who frequently sailed with her father. The police did not ask this question during their initial investigation. Why not? The book casually ...more
Susan Brown
Nov 16, 2013 Susan Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have just finished this, the 3rd Dismas Hardy novel and I just could not put it down. I have found when reading courtroom dramas I usually get lost in all of the lawyer-speak and great leaps of faith that some authors take. Not so with John Lescroart's gripping read. I love to be able to get to know the characters in a novel, get under their skin so to speak, and Mr Lescroart makes this this very easy. Understanding the legal twists and turns was easy too. This novel was first published in 1993 ...more
Deb Jones
Sep 17, 2015 Deb Jones rated it really liked it
This third novel in the Dismas Hardy series kept me enthralled throughout.

In "Hard Evidence" Hardy is now working as an assistant district attorney. He's a newlywed with an adopted infant daughter and another on the way. Hardy's not thrilled that as one of the low men on the totem pole, his caseload consists of petty crimes committed by lowlife criminals. He understands its the pecking order in the DA's office, but still, he'd like to sink his teeth into something more substantial.

"Be careful w
Dec 09, 2012 J rated it liked it
BEWARE OF SPOILERS. I don't hide or promote my reviews.

This was my first Dismas Hardy mystery, which I read some months ago and therefore has become hazy in my memory.

In this installment, which is fairly early in the series, lawyer Dismas is fresh in his second "tour of duty" in the district attorney's office, he has recently wed Frannie, he has fairly recently left bartending (and over-drinking?)

Dismas happens upon a dead body (fished out of the Bay by aquarium personnel) and is the first to ap
Sep 29, 2010 Keri rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd book in the Dismas Hardy series and you can tell that JL is still giving Dismas some growth as a character. The book was very good, it has murder, sexual favors, greed and other things that shall go unmentioned here. Dismas gets involved, when a software tycoon comes up dead. He starts out on the prosecution side trying to pin the murder on the tycoon's mistress.

Then through a twist ends up on the defense side defending his ex-father in law who also happens to be a judge, for th
Jun 12, 2013 Marti rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful occasion--to find this at a used book sale--518 pages of paperback enjoyment! John Lescroart is one of my favorite authors, and this 2002 book meant hours of happy reading. Dismas Hardy is the main character, with Abe Glitsky appearing in places. Dismas is married to Frannie, whose young daughter Rebecca is part of the family, and Frannie is expecting their first child together. While helping his friend Pico in the Aquarium with a shark, Dismas encounters the hand of a dead man. ...more
Nov 01, 2015 Cybercrone rated it did not like it
I have usually enjoyed these books, but this one has a hole in the plot large enough to sail a yacht through. Made it hard to struggle through to the end.

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This Dismas Hardy book finds Hardy working in the District Attorney’s office after once again going back to the law. Finding a hand in a shark’s belly draws him into the investigation only to be shunted aside by an ambitious D.A. when the case makes headlines. After having the case thrown out Hardy quits when he is blamed for its failure. He is drawn back into the case when his former father in law is charged with the murder drawing him to the defense side of the aisle to prove his innocence. ...more
Stuart Kimball
Feb 22, 2015 Stuart Kimball rated it it was amazing
'Hard Evidence' is the best whodunit I have read in years--
For some reason, this is the only book in the truly great Dismas Hardy series written by John Lescroart I hadn't read-and I have loved each of those other books-
The characters are totally relatable and real,making the back stories all the more vivid. The plots and mysteries in each will keep you turning the pages, only to discover that who you thought really did do the crime-hadn't. And John Lescroart's writing is superb throughout.
Oct 31, 2011 Dreepa rated it really liked it
Library sale book.

Fast read.
Thought it was gonna be another typical detective/lawyer book... much better than I expected.

I guess that there is a series of books about the main character but it can be read alone.. in fact I liked the character in the book but I don't know if I would like him in other books.

Just enough twists in the plot to keep you guessing but not too many that seems unrealistic.
Joel Ungar
Sep 29, 2013 Joel Ungar rated it really liked it
These books are great reads. Dismas Hardy is one of the more interesting characters in legal fiction, as are many of the supporting cast.

I only mark this one down for the somewhat preposterous nature of how certain people close to Hardy personally get drawn into a murder. If I were to spell it out here, I'd spoil it for you, and there is no point in it. Look past it and it is just a great read.
Feb 09, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an intricate court room drama that could have had a Perry Mason-like ending but did not. The author patient explains the law to the reader using dialogue and story line so it does not sound like a text book, and in the process weaves quite a convoluted story. Lescroart's Dismas Hardy series is best read in order, and this is one of his earlier mysteries that I had somehow missed. If you like mysteries centered on the law, Lescroart is the author for you.
Feb 10, 2010 Monique rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Crime thriller fans
Recommended to Monique by: Heard author give radio interview
I enjoyed this crime thriller set in San Francisco. I could picture where everything was happening and enjoyed some "insider" jokes about the neighborhoods with the author. A good read, though I did figure out "who dunnit" within the first fifty pages or so...

I'd recommend this for a rainy/snowy weekend.

Diane Mcclure
Jul 28, 2012 Diane Mcclure rated it liked it
I enjoyed the exploration of temptation and the motivations behind human physical attraction and the choices we make in response. Dismas deals with this on many levels in this story. The victim is repeatedly redefined in this context. There is much to explore underneath the mystery as it is unveiled. Even writing this review make me aware of more layers.
Jun 29, 2009 Helena rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one and even more than the last Lescroat I read .Judges,high class call girls , city life remarried hero with new family (these guys never suffer fatigue or burn out ) . I do smile as mobile fones did not exist at the time of writing this book ,how these wonders have changed detective books !
Nov 11, 2014 Mom rated it really liked it
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Alyssa Allen
Jun 02, 2015 Alyssa Allen rated it liked it
This was pretty good. I think I've read so many mystery/crime novels, though, that I am getting good at predicting where they are going to go. It was a good story, but I knew from the moment they introduced the killer, that's who would be guilty at book's end. I wanted it to be someone else, but I was just too good at knowing who the culprit was from the get-go! :P
Apr 23, 2016 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Due to my schedule, this book took me forever to finish, but boy, was it ever worth it! I love how Lescroart's books grab you right at the beginning and don't let you go until the very end. There was a large cast of loveable (and some not-so-loveable) characters, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a tension packed courtroom mystery.
Sep 14, 2016 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Another good Dismas book. A couple of twists, some more of his personality being developed, some more of his relationship with Glitsky and his start with Freeman. Again, its fun to go back and re-read these books. I'm catching all kinds of details I missed the first time around.
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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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