John Lescroart -- author of the New York Times bestseller
The Oath and a "master" of the modern thriller (People)--
returns with a spellbinding novel about events that force
defense attorney Dismas Hardy and Lieutenant Abe Glitsky
outside the law and into a fight for their lives.
Prodded by his father, Glitsky asks the new homicide
lieutenant about the case, but the brass tells him in no
uncertain terms to stay out of it. Guided by the Patrol
Special -- a private police force supervised by the SFPD
that is a holdover from San Francisco's vigilante past-the
police have already targeted their prime suspect: John
Holiday, proprietor of a run-down local bar, and a friend
and client of Dismas Hardy.
While Dismas Hardy has built a solid legal practice and a
happy family, John Holiday has not followed the same path.
Despite this, Hardy has remained Holiday's attorney and
confidant, and with Glitsky's help, Hardy finds ample
reason to question Holiday's guilt. Hardy's case falls on
hostile ears, however, and to avoid arrest, Holiday turns
fugitive. The police now believe three things: that Hardy
is a liar protecting Holiday, that Holiday is a cold-
blooded killer, and that Glitsky is a bad cop on the wrong
side of the law.
As the suspense reaches fever pitch, Hardy, Glitsky, and
even their families are caught in the crossfire and
directly threatened. The police won't protect them. The
justice system won't defend them. Shunned within the
corridors of power, and increasingly isolated at every
turn, Hardy and Glitsky face their darkest hour. For when
the law forsakes them, they must look to another, more
primal law in order to survive.
A brilliant and emotionally powerful thrill-ride through
the twisting streets of San Francisco, The First Law is
John Lescroart's most immediate and electrifying novel to