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#19 in Dismas Hardy
Category: Legal Thriller
Average Rating: 5.0
Attorney Dismas Hardy is called to defend the least likely suspect of his career: his longtime, trusted assistant who is suddenly being charged as an accessory to murder.
Dismas Hardy knows something is amiss with his trusted secretary, Phyllis. Her out-of-character behavior and sudden disappearances concern Hardy, especially when he learns that her convict brother--a man who had served twenty-five years in prison for armed robbery and attempted murder--has just been released.
Things take a shocking turn when Phyllis is suddenly arrested at work for allegedly being an accessory to the murder of Hector Valdez, a coyote who'd been smuggling women into this country from El Salvador and Mexico. That is, until recently, when he was shot to death--on the very same day that Phyllis first disappeared from work. The connection between Phyllis, her brother, and Hector's murder is not something Dismas can easily understand, but if his cherished colleague has any chance of going free, he needs to put all the pieces together--and fast.
This is another twisty, nail-biting legal thriller in the Dismas Hardy series. The lack of over-the-top, unrealistic violence makes this one of the better books in the series.
Jacques Roy's performance is quite satisfactory. His character voices are distinctive enough to adequately follow dialog and his pacing is appropriate.
This remains one of my all-time favorite series.
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