The 13th Juror

The 13th Juror

Book - 1995
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In John T. Lescroart's brilliant new novel, The 13th Juror , Dismas Hardy, lawyer/investigator, undertakes the defense of Jennifer Witt, accused of murdering her husband and their eight-year-old son as well as her first husband, who had died nine years earlier from an apparent drug overdose. While preparing his case, Hardy learns that both of Jennifer's husbands had physically abused her. But Jennifer refuses to allow a defense that presumes her guilt. She is not guilty, she claims. Hardy is now driven to seek an alternative truth a jury can believe. As the trial progresses, the complex truth itself begins to change, to bend, to fade in and out of focus as the clock keeps ticking on Jennifer's fate, until there seems only one person left to convince, and she is "the 13th juror"--the judge. The 13th Juror is a stunning and suspenseful novel of moral ambiguity, of good intentions, bad judgements and the tortuous path to ultimate justice.
Publisher: New York : Island Books, 1995, c1994.
ISBN: 9780451215932
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Lescroar John
Characteristics: 544 p. ;,18 cm.
Alternative Title: Thirteenth juror


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Jul 10, 2016

The paperback is 630 pages long. Gave up after 230 pages. The author did such an awful job of initial character development in the 1st 100 pages that it made it difficult/impossible to support the main characters (Dismas, Frannie (his wife), Jennifer (the accused)). Other important characters (Freeman, Terrell, Abe, Jennifer's family and therapist) were also poorly portrayed. The story contains 1 of the "dumbest" plot devices I've ever come across: Frannie is insecure and jealous over Jennifer, so she asks to meet Jennifer. Big waste of time.

Oct 18, 2012

A bit too long & some bad writing but mostly a good read. Amazingly incompetent lawyers though. Hard to believe courtroom procedures are like this in real life, but who knows, it's the USA where the object seems to be to give lawyers a good living.

Apr 30, 2011

I usually like long books, they give me a chance to stay immersed in a plot for several days. This one, though, was disappointing at the end. Several hundred pages to end with a Perry Mason-esque conclusion in a few pages

Sep 14, 2010

This is Lescroart at his best. There is lots of detective work, many red herrings, a sneakily misleading title, some excellent courtroom scenes, and a surprise ending.


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