First Sentence: On a Wednesday evening in early December, Dismas Hardy, standing at the thin line of dark cherry in the light hardwood floor of his office, threw a dart.
Attorney Dismas Hardy takes on a case from attorney Charlie Bowen, who has recently disappeared. Evan Scholler was a National Guard reservist sent to Iraq. Ron Nolan was an ex-Navy Seal now in Iraq working for a private contracting agency supplying security in Iraq. The interaction between Evan and Ron results in Ron being dead and Evan found guilty and in prison for his murder. But was he? Dismas is not so certain.
Absolutely relevant to today and the Bush presidential years, this books deals, in harsh terms, with the war in Iraq, government security contractors and federal waste.
Two-thirds of the book deals with those subjects, the relationship between the two men and it outcome. Only in the last third of the story does Dismas come fully into the story.
I found it rather slow going to that point as I didn't particularly care about the characters. However, once Dismas and Abe Glitsky joined the story, it picked up. This wasn't my favorite Lescroart read, but it was still quite good.