The Fall

John Lescroart (Author)


A "courtroom thriller extraordinaire" (Providence Journal) from "master craftsman" (Associated Press) John Lescroart puts Dismas Hardy and his daughter in the middle of an uncertain murder case where winning the trial could mean losing everything.

On a cool night in May, a teenage foster child named Anlya Paulson plummets to her death from a San Francisco overpass. But did she fall...or was she pushed?

Homicide inspectors focus their attention on a likeable but naïve middle school teacher and volunteer foster care advocate. At first, his only connection to Anlya's death is the meal they shared earlier that night. But soon his story falls apart, and Rebecca Hardy, now an associate at her father's law firm, is drawn into his defense.

As the case rushes toward trial, Dismas and Rebecca battle an aggressive prosecutor, a disinterested police force, and their own client, who isn't faring well in jail. When a dying woman's last words cast a surprising new light on the evidence and problems develop with a key witness, the father-daughter duo begins to glimpse the intricate web that connects the young victim to the city's complex political and judicial machine. Proving their case in court, however, will be harder, as Rebecca comes to realize that a trial doesn't always end with the truth.

Product Details

$16.00  $14.72
Atria Books
Publish Date
July 18, 2017
5.3 X 1.0 X 8.2 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

JOHN LESCROART is the author of twenty-nine novels, nineteen of which have been New York Times bestsellers. Libraries Unlimited places him among The 100 Most Popular Thriller and Suspense Authors. With sales of over twelve million copies, his books have been translated into twenty-two languages in more than seventy-five countries, and his short stories appear in many anthologies. John's first book, SUNBURN, won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award for Best Novel by a California author. DEAD IRISH, THE 13TH JUROR, and THE KEEPER were nominees for the Shamus, Anthony, and Silver Falchion Best Mystery Novel, respectively; additionally THE 13TH JUROR is included in the International Thriller Writers publication 100 Must-Read Thrillers of All Time. HARD EVIDENCE made The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List. THE SUSPECT was the American Author's Association 2007 Book of the Year. THE MOTIVE was an Audie Finalist of the Audio Publishers Association. THE MERCY RULE, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, THE SUSPECT, THE FALL, and THE RULE OF LAW have been major market Book Club selections. John's books have been Main Selections of one or more of the Literary Guild, Mystery Guild, and Book of the Month Club. John Lescroart's writing skills are a national treasure. -The Huffington Post


"Nothing short of magic, dark and delicious. The Ophelia Cut is the work of a master at the top of his game."--William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author of Trickster's Point
"Bristling with red-hot suspense, The Ophelia Cut is the roller-coaster ride of a lifetime... You'll love this book."--Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies
Praise for The Ophelia Cut

"Smart, riveting, and utterly compelling, The Ophelia Cut has an incredible cast of characters from whom you will not want to depart...hands-down the best legal thriller I have read in years and a perfect case study for why readers love the brilliant John Lescroart. "--Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Black List
Praise for The Fall

"Action-packed."--Publishers Weekly
"The Fall is both a mystery and a courtroom thriller in the best ways possible."--The Bookreporter
"There's something special about The Fall... a courtroom thriller extraordinaire that matches the best of John Grisham and Scott Turow."--Providence Journal
"Lescroart's popularity as a legal-thriller author only stands to grow."--Booklist
"A terrific courtroom mystery... Lescroart is a master craftsman. He knows how to juggle story elements to keep readers guessing up to the last chapter. The Fall is a tantalizing legal thriller."--Associated Press
"Fresh, interesting and evolving."--Daily Republic
Praise for The Keeper

"A terrific read... Lescroart satisfies with every bite, and the finale is delicious."--Associated Press
"[A] tense and intricate tale. . . Lescroart is a master of legal suspense. . . The Ophelia Cut will be remembered more as a literary endeavor in the vein of Scott Turow than anything Lescroart has done."--Associated Press
"Lescroart is a master at building tension to a complicated climax that will satisfy both old and new readers alike."--The Florida Times-Union
"A nail-biting suspense yarn that's not to be missed."--Providence Journal
"Lescroart's popularity as alegal-thriller author only stands to grow."--Booklist
"Action-packed."--Publishers Weekly
"[A] smart and riveting legal thriller that is more complicated that it first appears to be. The plot and characters are all superb,"--Daily American