He is obsessed with her innocence. He will be destroyed by her guilt.
The walls were champagne. The house was immaculate. A prosperous doctor lived there with his son and his beautiful wife. But the elegant walls hid a family's secret, a wife's shame. And one day shots rang out in the doctor's house. Suddenly Jennifer Witt was in jail, facing the death penalty.
Jennifer insisted that she had not killed her abusive husband -- and she could never have killed her own son. Dismas Hardy believed her. But Hardy was only part of the defense team, and the only lawyer who continued to believe her...even as her story was torn to pieces, even as her lies came out, even as she was found guilty of murder.
Now there's only one thing Jennifer can do to save her life...and she refuses to do it. So Hardy must do it for her. And in a shocking case of violence, betrayal, and lies, his only weapon is the truth...
The 13th Juror...When innocence is not enough.
After a fizzled career as a prosecutor (lately chronicled in the author's 1992
Hard Evidence), Dismas Hardy works the other side of the street as a defense attorney. His first case seems hopeless: Jennifer Witt is accused of killing her husband and son, and plenty of witnesses place her near the bloody scene. The woman denies all, but it seems obvious it's all over except for the gas chamber. So Diz works "other dude" theories--finding who else could have pulled the trigger. Fruitful avenues of inquiry open up that Diz pursues with a diligence bordering on obsession, exasperating his wife and frustrating himself as the leads peter out. But he discovers that the victim was far from perfect, a wife-beater in fact, who also may have been entangled in some financial shenanigans at his medical practice. So what was the motive? Jennifer acting in self-defense? A Mob hit? Perhaps Jennifer's violent father popped the doc, and there's something fishy about her psychiatrist, too. All questions stay alive in the author's skillful hands, as his alter ego presents his theories to a tough-but-fair type of judge (the juror of the title). The suspense meets the minimum demands of mystery addicts: the domestic violence motif, the San Francisco locale, and the publisher's big promotional plans may increase Lescroart's modest following.
"A brilliant courtroom drama."
The Washington Post Book World
"I double-dare you to begin reading John T. Lescroart's new suspense trial novel and put it down....This one is on the money."
, USA Today
"Compelling...The power of the book lies in Lescroart's impeccable accumulation of detail."
The San Francisco Chronicle
"Unusual in his ability to combine courthouse scenes with action sequences, judicial puzzles and dimensional people, Mr. Lescroart produces a full house of well-drawn characters. The many subplots, social issues and legal maneuvers of
The 13th Juror, come together in a fast-paced text that sustains interest to the very end."
The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
John Lescroart is the author of nineteen previous novels, including The Betrayal, The Suspect, The Hunt Club, The Motive, The Second Chair, The First Law, The Oath, The Hearing, and Nothing But the Truth. He lives in Northern California.