The Ophelia Cut by John Lescroart
A Novel

71%

7 Critic Reviews

Some necessary backstory weighs down the momentum at first, but the pace picks up after several 11th-hour revelations.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

WHEN A BRUTAL RAPIST IS MURDERED, A LOVING FATHER STANDS ACCUSED OF THE CRIME. DEFENSE ATTORNEY DISMAS HARDY MUST DEFEND HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW AND OLD FRIEND MOSES McGUIRE IN A THRILLING CASE THAT HITS FAR TOO CLOSE TO HOME.

Moses McGuire has good reason to be concerned about his beautiful twenty-three-year-old daughter, Brittany. She moves quickly from one boyfriend to the next, and always seems to prefer a new and mysterious stranger to a man she knows something about. But her most recent ex, Rick Jessup, isn’t willing to let her go, culminating in a terrible night when Brittany is raped.

Within twenty-four hours, Rick Jessup is dead, Moses McGuire is the prime suspect in the investigation, and Dismas Hardy has been hired to defend his brother-in-law. Making things even more complicated, McGuire has fallen off the wagon, and his stay in prison could bring to light old secrets that would destroy Hardy and his closest colleagues’ careers.

As the overwhelming evidence against McGuire piles up, Dismas Hardy focuses on planting doubt in the minds of the jurors—until, in a feat of legal ingenuity that is staggering in both its implications and its simplicity, Hardy sees a new way forward that might just save them all. But at what price?

For the first time since 2009, Dismas Hardy, the author’s most beloved protagonist, returns in a masterful novel that showcases Lescroart’s extraordinary story-telling gifts: a cast of flesh-and-blood characters, morally complex situations, and relentless, nail-biting suspense.
 

About John Lescroart

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John Lescroart is the author of twenty-three previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Damage, Treasure Hunt, and The 13th Juror. He lives in Northern California. M.J. Rose is the international bestselling author of twelve novels, one of which (The Reincarnationist) was the basis of the television series Past Lives. She is a founding board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz.com. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Atria Books. 434 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crime, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Ophelia Cut
All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on Apr 16 2013

Lots of great scenes shoehorned into a story that seems uncertain how to mix its social commentary and courtroom drama with the regulars’ continuing soap opera.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Feb 11 2013

Some necessary backstory weighs down the momentum at first, but the pace picks up after several 11th-hour revelations.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Doris Meredith on May 03 2013

...Mr. Lescroart's courtroom scenes wouldn't be nearly as effective if the characters weren't so realistic.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on May 10 2013

From the enigmatic opening pages --- set in New York, no less --- to the haunting closing paragraphs that reveal the source of the book’s title, THE OPHELIA CUT is a haunting work that resonates and echoes.

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Huffington Post

Above average
Reviewed by Jackie K Cooper on May 21 2013

THE OPHELIA CUT is four fifths great Lescroart, but the last fifth wrecks it.

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Jacksonville.com

Good
Reviewed by Tim O'Connell on May 06 2013

Lescroart is a master at building tension to a complicated climax that will satisfy both old and new readers alike.

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TCPalm / AP

Above average
on May 19 2013

...“The Ophelia Cut” will be remembered more as a literary endeavor in the vein of Scott Turow than anything Lescroart has done.

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