The Fall

The Fall

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Late one night, a teenage African American foster child named Tanya Morgan plummets to her death from the overpass above San Francisco's Stockton tunnel. But did she fall...or was she pushed? Rushing to produce a convictable suspect in the glare of the media spotlight, homicide inspectors focus their attention on a naive young man named Greg Treadway. Greg is a middle school teacher and he volunteers as a Special Advocate for foster children. At first, the only thing connecting him to Tanya's death is the fact that they shared a meal earlier that night. But soon enough, elements of that story seem to fall apart...and Hardy's daughter, Rebecca, finds herself drawn into the young man's defense. By the time Greg's murder trial gets underway, Dismas and Rebecca have unearthed several other theories about the crime: a missing stepfather who'd sexually assaulted her; a roommate who ran a call girl service; a psychologically unstable birth mother; and a mysterious homeless man who may have had dealings with Tanya. Or Greg Treadway himself, who is perhaps not all that he first appeared. But how will they get these theories in front of a jury? And if they can, what price will they have to pay?
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781501140662
9781476709215
Characteristics: 308 pages ;,24 cm.

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AL_ALICE Aug 05, 2016

Dismas Hardy's daughter, Rebecca, handles her first trial in a case where a young black woman falls to her death. The accused is a high school teacher in his twenties who was providing guidance in the court system to the young woman's twin brother. Is the teacher guilty? Could the fall have been accidental or a suicide? If it's murder, who else could have done it?

The plot is great, the regular characters appear in various roles. A welcome addition to this long-running series.

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rahmmie
Oct 22, 2015

I like Lescroart but I thought this book was just average

karcoldelharvic5 Aug 29, 2015

Enjoyed the book, though you know 'he done it' well before the ending.

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nannerl
Jul 01, 2015

I enjoyed this novel by an author who rarely lets me down. In The Fall, he effectively uses the technique of Dismas Hardy's daughter, a new lawyer, to show the kinds of issues a criminal defence lawyer can face, including frustrations of not being able to bring certain important information to the jury. The twist at the end wasn't particularly a surprise, but it ended the story in a satisfying way.

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nionoff
Jun 13, 2015

I found previous novels by Lescroart about these characters entertaining, but unfortunately he must have written this one in his sleep. Full of clichés, unrealistic characters and an ending that is telegraphed from the very beginning, this is a total waste of time. This is what happens when authors go on auto pilot to produce volume, not quality.

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Jamaka_88
Jun 14, 2016

Rebecca Hardy tries her first murder case. Three subjects have want of the victim dead, but who had not only the need but the follow through to do so?

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