The Ophelia Cut: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, May 7, 2013 - Fiction - 418 pages
183 Reviews
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.
  

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The writing was excellent, pacing terrific. - Goodreads
I found the ending to not be very good. - Goodreads
Well ya know this is a good crime yarn. - Goodreads
It's time for the kids to take over the story lines... - Goodreads
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What an ending.Never saw it! - Goodreads

Review: The Ophelia Cut (Dismas Hardy #14)

User Review  - L - Goodreads

I usually enjoy Lescroart's work more than I did this one. We saw a darker side of his characters this time, too "over the line" for my taste. Hardy, et al, are still there, but their actions disappoint--too self-serving. Still, the story is tense, with a complex plot. Read full review

Review: The Ophelia Cut (Dismas Hardy #14)

User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

I have very mixed feelings for "The Ophelia Cut" by John Lesscroart. The book came roaring out of the gate. For the first 75 % of the book I was spellbound. The story was intense, and smack dab really ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
13
Section 2
23
Section 3
31
Section 4
38
Section 5
48
Section 6
56
Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
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About the author (2013)

John Lescroart is the author of twenty-five previous novels (seventeen New York Times bestsellers), including The 13th Juror, Damage, The Hunter, The Ophelia Cut, and The Keeper. His books have sold more than 10 million copies and have been translated into twenty-two languages in seventy-five countries. He lives in Northern California.

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