The Rule Of Law: A Novel

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In “master of the legal thriller” (Chicago Sun-Times) John Lescroart’s electrifying new novel, attorney Dismas Hardy is called to defend the least likely suspect of his career: his longtime, trusted assistant who is suddenly being charged as an accessory to murder.

Dismas Hardy knows something is amiss with his trusted secretary, Phyllis. Her out-of-character behavior and sudden disappearances concern Hardy, especially when he learns that her convict brother—a man who had served twenty-five years in prison for armed robbery and attempted murder—has just been released.

Things take a shocking turn when Phyllis is suddenly arrested at work for allegedly being an accessory to the murder of Hector Valdez, a coyote who’d been smuggling women into this country from El Salvador and Mexico. That is, until recently, when he was shot to death—on the very same day that Phyllis first disappeared from work. The connection between Phyllis, her brother, and Hector’s murder is not something Dismas can easily understand, but if his cherished colleague has any chance of going free, he needs to put all the pieces together—and fast.

Proving that he is truly “one of the best thriller writers to come down the pike” (USA TODAY), John Lescroart crafts yet another whip-smart, engrossing novel filled with shocking twists and turns that will keep you on your toes until the very last page.


  • 001 RuleOfLaw Open

    Duration: 39s
  • 002 RuleOfLaw Epigraph

    Duration: 16s
  • 003 RuleOfLaw Prologue

    Duration: 02min
  • 004 RuleOfLaw Chapter1

    Duration: 13min
  • 005 RuleOfLaw Chapter2

    Duration: 10min
  • 006 RuleOfLaw Chapter3

    Duration: 16min
  • 007 RuleOfLaw Chapter4

    Duration: 13min
  • 008 RuleOfLaw Chapter5

    Duration: 07min
  • 009 RuleOfLaw Chapter6

    Duration: 19min
  • 010 RuleOfLaw Chapter7

    Duration: 13min
  • 011 RuleOfLaw Chapter8

    Duration: 22min
  • 012 RuleOfLaw Chapter9

    Duration: 13min
  • 013 RuleOfLaw Chapter10

    Duration: 10min
  • 014 RuleOfLaw Chapter11

    Duration: 20min
  • 015 RuleOfLaw Chapter12

    Duration: 12min
  • 016 RuleOfLaw Chapter13

    Duration: 13min
  • 017 RuleOfLaw Chapter14

    Duration: 12min
  • 018 RuleOfLaw Chapter15

    Duration: 13min
  • 019 RuleOfLaw Chapter16

    Duration: 16min
  • 020 RuleOfLaw Chapter17

    Duration: 12min
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