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BETRAYAL
by John Lescroart

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Thriller

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Lescroart thrills with this tale of murder and cover-ups amid the murky world of American businessmen thriving in Iraq. Longtime readers and newcomers alike will warm to enigmatic San Francisco defense attorney Dismas Hardy and his detective friend Abe Glitsky as they embark on a white-knuckle thrill ride with an explosive conclusion.

When San Francisco attorney Charlie Bowen goes missing and is presumed dead, Hardy agrees to take on one of Bowen's most prominent cases.

After serving in Iraq, Lt. Evan Scholler attempts to reconcile with Tara Wheatley. But things are complicated by Tara's relationship with Ron Nolan, an ex-military man who was working for a private corporation in Iraq. Ron and Tara were lovers while Evan was recovering from his war wounds. After Ron was killed, Evan was tried and convicted of his murder. And just when his attorney seemed to be making headway in his appeal, he disappeared. The task
to overturn Evan's conviction falls on Hardy, a wily attorney who must uncover governmental secrets at the highest levels. (Dutton, Feb., 400 pp., $26.95)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: Dutton

Published: February 2008

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