Title Profile & Character Information

The Ophelia Cut

Annotation
Defense attorney Dismas Hardy returns to defend a close friend against murder charges in New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart's most suspenseful and intricately plotted novel to date.
WHEN A BRUTAL RAPIST IS MURDERED, A LOVING FATHER STANDS ACCUSED OF THE CRIME. DEFENSE ATTORNEY DISMAS HARDY MUST DEFEND HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW AND OLD FRIEND MOSES McGUIRE IN A THRILLING CASE THAT HITS FAR TOO CLOSE TO HOME.
Moses McGuire has good reason to be concerned about his beautiful twenty-three-year-old daughter, Brittany. She moves quickly from one boyfriend to the next, and always seems to prefer a new and mysterious stranger to a man she knows something about. But her most recent ex, Rick Jessup, isn't willing to let her go, culminating in a terrible night when Brittany is raped.
Within twenty-four hours, Rick Jessup is dead, Moses McGuire is the prime suspect in the investigation, and Dismas Hardy has been hired to defend his brother-in-law. Making things even more complicated, McGuire has fallen off the wagon, and his stay in prison could bring to light old secrets that would destroy Hardy and his closest colleagues' careers.
As the overwhelming evidence against McGuire piles up, Dismas Hardy focuses on planting doubt in the minds of the jurors--until, in a feat of legal ingenuity that is staggering in both its implications and its simplicity, Hardy sees a new way forward that might just save them all. But at what price?
For the first time since 2009, Dismas Hardy, the author's most beloved protagonist, returns in a masterful novel that showcases Lescroart's extraordinary story-telling gifts: a cast of flesh-and-blood characters, morally complex situations, and relentless, nail-biting suspense.

Characters
NameHardy, Dismas
GenderMale
OccupationLawyer
TraitsMarried
Father

NameGlitsky, Abe
GenderMale

GenreLegal
    --Courtroom
Mystery
Suspense
Fiction
TopicsLawyers
Fathers and daughters
In-laws
Rapists
Murder investigations
Murder trials
Secrets
American legal system
Circumstantial evidence
SettingSan Francisco, California
California


Series
  Dismas Hardy series
1Dead Irish
2The Vig
3Hard evidence
4The 13th juror
5The Mercy rule
6Nothing but the truth
7The Hearing
8The Oath
9The First law
10The Second chair
11The Motive
12Betrayal
13A Plague of secrets
14The Ophelia cut
15The Keeper