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The Motive by John Lescroart
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Sep 16, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: suspense-thriller, crime-fiction
Recommended for: Lescroart fans
Read in October, 2007

I have read every Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky book of Lescroart's and love them, but sometimes even the heroes should NOT come out on top.

I enjoyed much of this book, but was very disappointed with a lot of it. Of course, the poor defendant is completely innocent, right? Of course, the detective who has a grudge against the heroes completely f**ks up the case and is proven to be the inept cop that Hardy & Glitsky want him to be. Of course, one of the victims isn't really who they're supposed to be and of course, Glitsky gets to the truth.

I think the biggest problem I had is that there is just too much going on. Did I mention that the defendant was Hardy's first love? That Glitsky's wife has a baby who is born with a hole in his heart? That the "bad cop" detective who's "out to get" the "good guys" has borderline ADD and hits on the defendant, which is then of course used against him at the trial? Oh, and don't forget that there's someone from the Witness Protection Program and a far-fetched story involving Islamic terrorist cells in Algeria...

All in all, a decent read, but Lescroart has written much better.
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Jane Robinson I agree totally with this review - found it too predictable, and honestly the "important" leads that should have been followed up for one of the victims were forgotten!?! and led to a disappointing ending. This is the first of his books I've read and will give them another go at some point.

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