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Damage (Abe Glitsky #3)

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When wild boy Ro Curtlee was convicted of rape and murder, the fallout against those responsible for putting him behind bars-including detective Abe Glitsky-was uncompromising. That's because the Curtlee family is among the Bay Area's most powerful billionaires. When a retrial ends in Ro's release, it appears his need for retribution isn't over. And this time, Glitsky's in ...more
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Published January 4th 2011 by Signet Book
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James Thane
This is another entry in John Lescroart's long-running series featuring San Franciso attorney Dismas Hardy and the head of the city PD's homicide squad, Abe Glitsky, although in this book, Hardy makes only a couple of token appearances.

The book focuses instead on Glitsky and on Wes Farrell, another member of the cast who has been a partner in Hardy's law practice. Farrell has just been elected District Attorney with the backing of the super-wealthy Curtlee family, owners and publishers of one of
Mike Tueros
Feb 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Up to this point, I had never picked up a John Lescroart novel, and after reading Damage, will not be rushing to pick up another. It's not that I picked up a book featuring characters from other books that I couldn't pick up on, as Lescroart does a fine job in making this book feel like the first in a series. It was more the plot line itself and the characters written. Damage starts fast enough with the brutal murder of a woman who is killed in a fire by her rapist recently released from jail. T ...more
Nan Williams
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
After several other Lescroart books, this one was a real disappointment. The underlying story, itself, delivers nicely. But getting there was tedious. The new DA and the SF cops, including our well known hero, Abe Glitsky, were portrayed as nothing better than keystone kops who didn't know the law nor respect the law. Rather than securing evidence and basing their actions on fact, they go off in myriad directions which are in conflict with the law! They encounter 3 judges who give them the same ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Master story teller John Lescroart's, "Damage" (Glitsky #3), is another exceptional read featuring his iconic characters. Mixed in with a good deal of suspense this yarn, it's jealousy, infidelity, greed, and a sense of duty dominate this plot. Newly elected D.A. Wes Farrell is jolted with his first crisis and bombshell just as his term is beginning. Roland "Ro" Curtlee has been released from his 25 year sentence for rape as he is granted a new trial. Ro Curtlee was a serial raper and all around ...more
Linda Munro
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I am also a big fan of Michael Connelly, this is the easiest reference I can make; reading this book was like reading the negative of Lincoln Lawyer, a reverse case, so to speak.

In Damage, it's a brand new playboy, comedian, DA, who won by 90 votes because the other guy died before the election. Wes Ferrel is not the truly serious guy a DA office needs, and when, on his first day of his term, the owners of a tabloid newspaper show up in his office reminding him that they shoveled piles of
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was very flowing itself but there is those explanations parenthesis on almost every line/sentence.

About that plot of white rich boy,doing everything just because he is spoiled, didn't satisfy me at all.
Is Ro really responsible for the Nunez murder or any other crimes he's been sentenced for (except for the rape)can't be sure because all they did was blame him for everything without considering any fact through the whole book.
John Neece
A fun book, enjoyed Glitsky. Liked it that he finds his own flaws in pushing too much blame on Ro Curtlee. Kind of enjoyed Kurtlee and his family getting knocked off - a surprise because we are expecting the Kurtlee's to be involved until the end and we still have about a 1/4 of the book left to go when it happens. Didn't like how the nasty reporter is shocked into submitting to the former jury foreman she so badly bashed in her articles. I feel she would not have so easily submitted. Didn't lik ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of suspense
Recommended to Ms.pegasus by: gr readers
Shelves: mystery, fiction, suspense
Eschewing the typical template of a main character navigating the maze of a mystery, Lescroart has written a surprisingly interesting story combining elements of a legal procedural and an inspection of moral consequences on the characters involved. This was a pleasant surprise, distancing the book from the superficiality of a “Law and Order” scenario by the focus on multiple characters.

Wes Farrell is the newby DA, boyish in his excitement at winning the election, but clueless about the politics
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten years ago, Roland Curtlee was convicted of rape/murder. But now the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted him a new trial because the victim's family wore buttons during the trial bearing a picture of the victim's smiling face which clearly unfairly prejudiced the jury against the defendant.

Because the judge has certain politic connections, he grants bail in a case that would otherwise have no chance of bail. Curtlee's family makes the $10 million bail because they own the San Francisco
Jeff Landau
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am very grateful when the characters and action in a book get my attention, involve me and create a momentum that I must get back to. John Lescroarts Damage freed me from TV series and movies of this genre. That's one of the things good books do. At first the characters seemed young and 2 dimensional and chatty. And then BAM. Anger, rage and action from explosive personalities, "burnt to a crisp"' , better get home your house is on fire, WHAT. Affairs, Suspects. Copycat or seriel killer? A rea ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this is a worthwhile read, it is clearly not one of the authors best works. The author has sought to expand his universe by focusing on characters that played a bit more minor role in earlier books.

Alas, fans of Dismas Hardy Will be soundly disappointed has their hero only has a few cameos. Gone is the clever legal maneuvering. Now there is just a discussion of police work making the novel just one step above your average police procedural.

This time around the son of an influential wealth
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, a worthwhile, entertaining read. Enough fast page-flipping action to more than adequately make up for the occasional lackluster storyline spots. Easy to become emotionally involved/hooked re the characters... plenty of bad guys to boo-hiss at, a few heroic figures to cheer on. For me personally, I found it hugely interesting that new DA Wes was seemingly spineless concerning the apprehension of a serial murderer... until a dog became a victim...then wham, he suddenly grew a set! One of ...more
Randi Reisfeld
Wanted to try a quick-read thriller by any of those BIG NAME authors you always see on the Best Seller list -- this one, by JOHN LESCROART had just come out, featured a half-Jewish, half-black protagonist, Abe Glitsky, and was set in San Francisco. I figured, hey, maybe this will prove better than I think.

It kind of didn't.

The villains were a way corrupt wealthy family with a sociopath son who rapes and murders the (mostly) Guatemalan help. The heroes were the police -- Glitsky is the head of h
Casey Ols
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I could I would give this book a four and a half star rating. The story started off a little slower than I would have like. To many character's were introduced to quickly and it made it difficult to kept track of. Throughout the story I was confused as to who the author was writing about, also found myself rereading pages to understand. Maybe it is just my simple mind.

I had to continually tell myself to kept going and finish the book to see what happens but it was difficult at times.

I am ha
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Maybe the problem was that I "read" this as an audiobook. The choice of accents was bizarre. I'm not a "jump on the (Google) bus" yuppie dot commer, but these people just didn't sound like they came from San Francisco. And it wasn't until the end that I understood why the college professor sounded like an auto mechanic from Jersey.
Even as an abridged audio it felt bloated. Naming a few streets, locations and neighborhoods does not make for "local color". Having lived in San Francisco, I have bee
Marty Fried
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
After this, the third book in the Abe Glitsky series, I'm beginning to really enjoy his character, and the interplay between him and his friend Dismas Hardy. They're pretty funny sometimes, which is out of character for Glitsky - he's a pretty serious guy most of the time and normally is only begrudgingly cheerful.

This is the last of the series featurning him, but fortunately, they both appear in each other's series, and it's hard to separate the books into single character series; there are mor
Oct 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a real page-turner. A bit more of a "thriller" than the "legal/thriller" tales we're used to from Lescroart. I hope this helps him find an even wider audience.

The primary carrier of the story is Abe Glitsky, head of Homicide in San Francisco. Other recurring Lescroart characters play other roles to varying degrees. Lescroart also knows his way around San Francisco (geographically and politically)and makes it look easy and real.

High body count, haves versus have nots, family dynamics, and
CB Davis
Jun 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awful...I try to finish everything I start and I got about 100 pages in and thought 'why am I wasting my time trying to find something enjoyable here?' This was my first attempt at reading this author, and I found his style to be pedantic. I could not muster up energy to care about any of the characters.
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abe Glitsky is the main protagonist in this novel, with a lot of assistance from other characters from the Hardy law firm (Wes is now the DA) offering their support. The villain in this is possibly the most sociopathic individual I've read of in a long time...and his enabling parents just add to the scene. All in all, a most satisfactory read!
Judy Cheney
It's a John Lescroart book...Need I say more?
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the books where you hate the bad guy so much that you can't wait to find out how the hero will catch him.
Dec 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damage by John Lescroart
reviewed by Russ Ilg

John Lescrroat has been one of my all time favorite authors for as long as can remember and his legal thrillers have been one of the most anticipate books of the year for me. He has become one of the greatest writers of this style I have had the pleasure of reading and is one of the prime examples I can say that reading a book is by far the greatest way to lose yourself into something so compelling that you can forget everything else and really just en
Ro Curtlee is a very bad man. Born the only child of wealthy San Francisco parents, Ro has been spoiled and pampered his entire life, and excused for every indiscretion. Ten years ago his luck ran out when he was convicted of the rape and murder of one of the family's Guatemalan maids. Now he has been released on bail awaiting a retrial as a judge felt that the maid's understandably distraught family may have adversely influenced the jury during the original trial. Although it is obvious the pow ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Lescroart is one of my alltime favorite authors. His characters are like old friends to me; they are fully drawn and highly believable. Lescroart is a master story-teller with complex plots, precise and expressive vocabulary, and a very smooth writing style. (I write these reviews primarily for my own record-keeping and memory boosting. Four stars is the highest rating I give to any book without literary or philosophical value. Therefore, this is one of the best novels I've read in several ...more
Rachel Jerdin
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this immensely! I was caught up in the twists and turns!

This is the first book I read, Damaged (book 3) by John Lescroart. It is well written and an interesting storyline. Even though this was book three, I don't feel I'd have a problem going back to the first two now, and I will read them. I of course try to figure out who were the bad guys. The main ones were obvious, but I wouldn't have figured the final one. Good characters and relationships. It was hard to put down! I highly recom
Roger Scherping
This book has neurotic and non-engaging characters. Its plot just drones on forever and never gets CLOSE to being exciting. It also breaks every rule of literature by having the climax resolve itself through no activity of the protagonists. And then, perhaps to make up for that, it has a bizarre second ending! Not a good book.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Lescroart’s plots are usually sound, his main characters’ behavior consistent with their philosophies, and his well-written dialogue snappy. He misses by a wide mark in this book. Frequent suspension of disbelief is required to swallow plot devices or the behavior and conversations of the protagonists or the stereotyped, cardboard villains.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My first Lescroart book and wasn't impressed. Wasn't sure it was a series until I saw it pop up here, but Abe Glitsky wasn't even the central character. In fact, none of the characters was compelling and most has some flaws that didn't endear them to you. Plot was a bit transparent. But also not very well done.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually like Lescroart but this is not one of his best. It moved along but the story line was pretty implausible.
Nelson Meaker
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tightly written

Not as convoluted as much of his work not to say obvious though. Well written, logical and well written as always by this author.
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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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