In Poison, the seventeenth Hardy book, we find the hero finally recovered from two bullet wounds. He has vowed to steer clear of murder cases and concentrate on himself, when he is called by a former client. Several years ago Abby Jarvis went to prison for vehicular homicide. Grant Wagner hired her when she was released, and she turned her life around. By all accounts she adored Wagner and his family, yet she finds herself accused of murdering him and needs Hardy’s help once again.
As Dismas investigates the Wagner clan in an effort to find an alternative theory, he finds himself in several dangerous situations. As always there are several sub plots that keep the readers’ interest, including one that features the murder of a friend of Hardy’s son. As the plot evolves, many of the protagonist's friends make their customary appearances, and a feeling of deja vu set in for me.
Lescroart makes his characters come alive, and they are definitely the high point of his books for me. His ability to intertwine his characters and make us root for all of them is a talent he uses well. His plots are always intricate but quite easy to follow, and I enjoyed trying to figure out who did what to whom as I got deeper into this storyline.
As a legal thriller, Poison is a winner, and I am looking forward to seeing who Lescroart features in his next book. I recommend this as an addition to your legal thriller collection as soon as it is released.
Publisher - Atria Books
Date of Publication - February 13, 2018