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The Oath (Dismas Hardy, Book 8) (original 2001; edição 2003)

por John Lescroart (Autor)

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Doctor Eric Kensing is living in fear that he is about to be indicted for the death of a patient. That patient was his boss, Tim Markham. But Kensing and Markham aren't just connected by work - Kensing's wife is one of Markham's many lovers. It's not looking good for Kensing, so he enlists the help of lawyer Dismas Hardy. Some say Kensing is not worth saving, although others say that Kensing is a special doctor, prepared to do anything to save a patient's life, even defying proper medical procedure. Despite all the damning evidence, Hardy becomes increasingly sure that Kensing is innocent. Against mounting pressure for an arrest, Hardy knows that the only way to save Kensing is to find the real murderer. And like Kensing, he seems to be working within a system that is set up to thwart him and any attempt at real justice...… (mais)
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Título:The Oath (Dismas Hardy, Book 8)
Autores:John Lescroart (Autor)
Informação:Berkley (2003), Edition: 1st ptg., 624 pages
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Dismas Hardy, San Francisco attorney, takes on a client who becomes a suspect in a murder case. Eric Kensing was the attending physician when the head of an HMO died in his hospital. The victim had been hit by a car but an autopsy showed that excessive levels of potassium had been administered to him just before he died, bringing on a heart attack.

Hardy believes his client is innocent but Kensing has difficulty comprehending that he is the prime suspect. He manages to lie to his attorney about critical times and persons, thinking it doesn't matter; he's innocent. His obfuscations cause Hardy a great deal of pain, but he continues to work for his client. And part of that work involves looking for the real killer.

Hardy's relationship with Abe Glitsky, homicide detective, is threatened along the way. The two have been friends for years but they are working different sides of the fence this time, and acting in the best interest of different interests.

Much of the book is, in fact, about these two men. The plot is a vehicle for exploring their feelings and actions. Which appealed to me, given that I prefer plots that are character-driven.

It turns out that there are several possible murderers, but only one other stands out. Again and again Kensing emerges as a real possible. Are we to find out that Hardy has it wrong? It's happened before. I won't tell.

It's a good legal thriller, more on the outskirts of the law than on the courtroom. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Defense attorney, Dismis Hardy is back in this story which includes many of the regulars from the series. This time the CEO of a major health provider company is the victim of a hit and run accident. He's in the ICU and in dire straights. But, when he dies, it comes to light that he was actually murdered in the hospital. I really like this series and this is a good installment. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
I hesitate to mark this as a legal mystery as, unlike many of Lescroart's other books, there is very little that takes place in a courtroom except for a couple of grand jury scenes.

No need to summarize the plot as the book's description does that just fine without any spoilers and this book would be ripe for spoilers. Not a great book, just a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed the repartee between Glitsky and Hardy, two best friends, who manage to focus on their own conflicting jobs and irritate each other no end, yet manage to forgive and forget.

You'll learn some interesting economics of running a hospital and HMO and trying to keep the HMO going provides the motivation for several of the "mercy" killings that lead to the penultimate murder. I did find the murderer's motivations to be rather unconvincing, but then again, I don't value money and power the way her/she/it (no spoilers there) did. ( )
2 vote ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Lots of misdirection in this one that will keep you guessing as Hardy and Glitsky stumble to the final resolution. ( )
1 vote etrainer | Aug 29, 2010 |
Upgrading reading comprehension is a prerequisite for me to make this a page-turner!
  terrafrank | May 8, 2010 |
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Doctor Eric Kensing is living in fear that he is about to be indicted for the death of a patient. That patient was his boss, Tim Markham. But Kensing and Markham aren't just connected by work - Kensing's wife is one of Markham's many lovers. It's not looking good for Kensing, so he enlists the help of lawyer Dismas Hardy. Some say Kensing is not worth saving, although others say that Kensing is a special doctor, prepared to do anything to save a patient's life, even defying proper medical procedure. Despite all the damning evidence, Hardy becomes increasingly sure that Kensing is innocent. Against mounting pressure for an arrest, Hardy knows that the only way to save Kensing is to find the real murderer. And like Kensing, he seems to be working within a system that is set up to thwart him and any attempt at real justice...

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