The Mercy Rule (Mass Market)

A Novel

By John Lescroart

Dell, 9780440222828, 640pp.

Publication Date: August 10, 1999

List Price: 7.99*
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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 ten novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Guilt and The 13th Juror. He lives with his family in California.

Praise For The Mercy Rule: A Novel

"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