John Lescroart Books

John Lescroart is a bestselling author famous for his crime and legal thriller novels centered on Dismas Hardy and his associates Abe Glitsky, Gina Roake and Wyatt Hunt. Born on January 14, 1948, the 68 year old wrote his first book Sunburn in 1981. Later on in 1989, the author started writing the series of Dismas Hardy books with a novel titled Dead Irish. The series proved to be very successful and has spawned many more novels.

Order of Abe Glitsky Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 A Certain Justice 1995 Description / Buy
2 Guilt 1997 Description / Buy
3 Damage 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Auguste Lupa Mystery Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Son of Holmes 1986 Description / Buy
2 Rasputin's Revenge 1987 Description / Buy

Order of Dismas Hardy Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Dead Irish 1990 Description / Buy
2 The Vig 1991 Description / Buy
3 Hard Evidence 1993 Description / Buy
4 The 13th Juror 1994 Description / Buy
5 The Mercy Rule 1998 Description / Buy
6 Nothing but the Truth 2000 Description / Buy
7 The Hearing 2000 Description / Buy
8 The Oath 2002 Description / Buy
9 The First Law 2003 Description / Buy
10 The Second Chair 2004 Description / Buy
11 The Motive 2004 Description / Buy
12 Betrayal 2008 Description / Buy
13 A Plague of Secrets 2009 Description / Buy
14 The Ophelia Cut 2013 Description / Buy
15 The Keeper 2014 Description / Buy
16 The Fall 2015 Description / Buy

Order of John Lescroart Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Sunburn 1981 Description / Buy
2 The Suspect 2007 Description / Buy
3 Silent Hunt: Wyatt Hunt vs. Joe Trona (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
4 Fatal 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Wyatt Hunt Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Hunt Club 2006 Description / Buy
2 Treasure Hunt 2010 Description / Buy
3 The Hunter 2012 Description / Buy

Anthologies/Collaborations

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Devil's Due and Other Stories 2012 Description / Buy
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John Lescroart Awards:

When he wrote his first novel Sunburn, it received the San Francisco Foundation’s Joseph Henry Award for the best unpublished book by an author from California. His novel titled The 13th Juror was included in a list of 100 must-read thrillers of all time. In 2007, the author received the American Author Medal for The Suspect. This book was also named the book of the year by the American Author’s Association. His most recent award was in January 2016 when he said that he had been bowled over, knocked out, flattered and shocked to be informed that he had won the 2016 Silver Bullet Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in philanthropy.

John Lescroart Books into Movies/TV:

At the present, none of the author’s books has been turned into a movie. However, he has representatives in the movie industry who are working hard to ensure that he achieves that dream.

Best John Lescroart Books:

Let’s look at three novels in the series of Dismas Hardy novels that you must read.

The 13th Juror: This is without doubt John Lescroart’s best novel and in this story, lawyer cum policeman Dismas Hardy undertakes the task of defending Jennifer Witt, a woman accused of the killing of her husband along with their eight-year-old son. She’s also accused of the killing of her first partner, who had passed away 9 years earlier apparently from a drug overdose. In the course of preparing for the defense, Hardy learnt that the accused suffered physical abuse at the hands of her now-deceased husbands. The prosecution sees this as motive for murder but Jennifer maintains her innocence and Hardy must now search for an alternative explanation that is credible before a jury. As her trial progresses, we come to learn that the truth is complex and it changes, bends and becomes blurry while time is running out for Jennifer to prove her innocence. However, there’s a glimmer of hope and that is convincing the thirteenth juror-the judge handling the case. This is an entertaining and suspenseful story of moral debate, good intentions, bad judgment and the grueling path to justice.

Dead Irish: This is the novel that spawned the series of Dismas Hardy books and it’s also among his best novels. The story begins with Dismas Hardy having left behind his life as a cop and lawyer and he’s now a bartender at the Little Shamrock. However, he soon discovers that leaving his past behind isn’t as easy as he’d imagined. He takes solace in drinking and playing darts but when his close friend Eddie Cochran is found dead, he is forced to return to the life he was desperately attempting to escape. His friend Eddie left behind a pregnant widow and Hardy must confront raw passions and old secrets in order to provide assistance and prevent other lives from becoming at risk.

A Plague of Secrets: In this novel, Dismas Hardy, Wyatt Hunt and Abe Glitsky return to action in a timely and compelling legal thriller full of with blackmail, political intrigue, and multiple murders. Victim number one is Dylan Vogler, an ex-convict who runs a coffee shop in Ashbury District, San Francisco. When cops find his body, they also discover his knapsack filled with top grade marijuana. It then becomes apparent that people flocked to the area not only to get their coffee fix, but also to satisfy their need for weed. The detectives start to investigate Maya Townsend, a beautiful socialite who’s related to the mayor of the city and is also an absentee coffee shop owner where Dylan used to work. Another of Maya’s associates is soon after murdered and the investigators are drawn into a world of conspiracy, cover-ups and political intrigue. The noose begins to tighten on Maya and she also has a secret she’s desperate to protect during her high-profile trial. Her future as well as that of the San Francisco political landscape is at stake and Dismas Hardy must decide whether Maya’s secret is worth protecting.

When Does The Next John Lescroart book come out?

John Lescroart doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Fatal and was released on January, 24th 2017.

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