The Second Chair

Version: Abridged (Unabridged version available here)
Author: John Lescroart
Narrator: David Colacci
Genres: Police Stories
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: November 2006
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Dismas Hardy is finally on top: as a managing partner at his thriving, newly reorganized law firm, he’s a rainmaker and fix-it guy for clients leery of taking their chances in a courtroom. Now Hardy’s up-and-coming associate, Amy Wu, brings him a high-profile case: Andrew Bartlett, the seventeen-year-old son of a prominent San Francisco family, has been arrested for the double slaying of his girlfriend and his English teacher. The D.A. wants to try him as an adult. Determined to get the case into juvenile court, and overwhelmed by the mounting evidence against her client, Wu asks Hardy to sit second chair for her in Bartlett’s defense.
As the Bartlett case moves swiftly to trial, another series of murders grips the city. An unseen killer seems to be shooting citizens wantonly, and as fear and anxiety build around the Executioner (as he is quickly dubbed in the ensuing media frenzy), Abe Glitsky, the newly promoted deputy chief of the Investigations Bureau, leads the desperate hunt to stop him.
With the city on the verge of panic, Hardy and Glitsky are locked in a race against time—to save a client and to catch a murderer. But nothing is what it seems, and as both men’s cases twist and turn to their shocking conclusions, the very foundations of San Francisco’s legal system will be shaken to the core.

Reviews (6)

Written by Jacqueline Martin on February 7th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another EXCELLENT book and superbly narrated ! Thank you again

The Second Chair

Written by margo on April 12th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book - interesting characters that make you curious to find out what happens to them in the rest of the series. Twists and turns that keep you interested and a pretty good mystery.

The SECOND chair

Written by Linda Blue from Salisbury, MD on February 8th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another great story from John Lescroart. I listened to it some time ago, so I don't remember the details, just that I really enjoyed it. Dismas Hardy is great. I believe he was 2nd Chair to Amy Wu in a difficult murder case. I will listen to this one again.

About what I expected

Written by Shane from Whitsett, NC on January 19th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Not superb by any stretch but about what I expected. Decent plot, good characters, decent twists, pretty good stuff.

The Second Chair

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on August 30th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have listened to a couple of books in this series and have enjoyed them greatly. It is like taking a trip to San Francisco. The name Dismus is unusual enough to remember. The combination of court room drama and investigative work makes the story move right along. The author always has interesting people and story line.

Second Chair

Written by Deborah Martinson on July 21st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Excellent "read" to listen to. . . don't know why, but I'm not crazy about actually reading Lescroat--but do enjoy very much listening to his books. The plot was tight, the characters interesting and believable.

Author Details

Author Details

Lescroart, John

John Lescroart is the bestselling author of eighteen previous novels, which have sold more than ten million copies. He lives with his family in Northern California.