The Mercy Rule

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The Mercy Rule

By John Lescroart

Island, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780440222828, 640pp.

Publication Date: August 9, 1999



Once Dismas Hardy was a cop. Now he spends his days in a lawyer's suit, billing hours to a corporate client in a downtown San Francisco office. Hardy's wife and kids like it that way. Then one client changes everything.


Graham Russo, a former baseball star, is charged with murdering his dying father. Was it suicide, the last desperate act of a dying man? Was it murder? Or mercy?


Now, as a carnival of reporters, activists, cops, lovers, and families throng around the case, Dismas Hardy is going to trial with a client he doesn't trust, a key witness he cannot believe, and a system that almost destroyed him once. For Dismas, this case will challenge everything he believes about the law, about his family, and about himself. Because a chilling truth is beginning to emerge about an old man's lonely death. And what Dismas knows could put him next in line to die. . . .

About the Author
John Lescroart is the author of twenty-five previous novels, including the "New York Times" bestsellers "Damage", "Treasure" "Hunt", "The" "Ophelia" "Cut", and "The" "Keeper". He lives in Northern California.

Praise For The Mercy Rule

"Very entertaining. . . a large and emotionally sprawling novel."
--Chicago Tribune

"A taut read. . . Another winner."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"A thought-provoking and important novel."
--Nelson DeMille