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Author John LescroartJohn Lescroart (pronounced "less-kwah") is a big believer in hard work and single-minded dedication, although he'll acknowledge that a little luck never hurts. Now a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into 16 languages in more than 75 countries, John wrote his first novel in college and the second one a year after he graduated from Cal Berkeley in 1970.

The only hitch was that he didn't even try to publish either of these books until fourteen years later, when finally, at his wife Lisa's urging, he submitted SON OF HOLMES to New York publishers„and got two offers, one in hardcover, within six weeks!

But about six years before that first hardcover publication, John's ambition to become a working novelist began to take shape. At that time, as Johnny Capo of Johnny Capo and His Real Good Band, he'd been performing his own songs for several years at clubs and honky-tonks in the San Francisco Bay Area. On his 30th birthday, figuring that if he hadn't made it in music by then, he never would, he retired from the music business.

He'd been writing all along, and didn't stop now, although his emphasis changed from music first, prose second, to the other way around. Within two months of his last musical gig, he finished a novel, SUNBURN, that drew on his experiences in Spain. Since John didn't know anyone in the publishing world, he sent the manuscript to his old high school English teacher, who was not enthusiastic. Fortunately, the teacher left the pages on his bedside table, and his wife picked them up and read them. She loved the book and submitted it in John's name to The Joseph Henry Jackson Award, given yearly by the San Francisco Foundation for Best Novel by a California author. Much to John's astonishment, SUNBURN beat out 280 other entrants, including INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE, for the prize.

Though SUNBURN wasn't to be published for another four years, and then only in paperback, the award changed John's approach to writing. He started to think he might make a living as an author, something he'd never previously believed possible for a ñregular guy with no connections.î

John moved to Los Angeles and in the next three years finished three long novels, the last of them featuring a private investigator who shared the name Dismas Hardy (and very little else) with the man who would become John's well-known attorney/hero. Since he'd gotten SUNBURN published without using a literary agent, John went on submitting his work to New York over the transom, receiving many kind rejection letters, but no offers. Finally he realized that even if he wasn't fated to become a commercially successful author, he wanted to be involved in books and literature. So he enrolled in the Masters Program in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

While John and his wife, Lisa Sawyer, were preparing that summer to move to New England, he was paying bills by typing technical papers on coal transportation for a consulting firm. Asked by the boss what he thought of the paper, John commented that the argument it made wasn't very compelling and that it wasn't very well-written. His boss challenged him: could he do it any better? In a week, John re-wrote the 400-page draft, which went on to win before the ICC. This led to a ñday jobî offer that John couldn't refuse. Graduate school fell by the wayside.

But after a year and a half, even a lucrative day job had become a burden. Nothing would do for John by now but to write, but he had little time for writing with his high-paying, career-oriented job. Lisa suggested taking a look at some of the old manuscripts and submitting them„she remembered reading and liking SON OF HOLMES. How about that one? There was one 14-year-old yellowed and brittle copy of the manuscript left in the world„in the basement of their best man, Don Matheson's, apartment. Six weeks later, John had his first hardcover book deal.

Over the next seven years, back in Los Angeles again, John and Lisa were finally ready to start their family. During this time, John wrote several screenplays and published three more books while he held down a job as a word processing supervisor at a downtown law firm.

Finally he was publishing, but he wasn't making a living. And then in 1989, at the age of forty-one, he took a break to go body-surfing at Seal Beach. The next day, he lay in a Pasadena hospital. From the contaminated sea water where he'd been surfing, he'd contracted spinal meningitis. Doctors gave him two hours to live.

John now looks back on his 11-day battle with death as the turning point in his career. He quit the last of his day jobs to move back to Northern California and to write full-time, with intense focus and a renewed dedication. The resulting books, richer in terms of theme and story, found a devoted readership and propelled him into the elite circle of bestselling authors„only twenty years to overnight success!.

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The Rule of Law
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Poison
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Fatal
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The Fall
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The Ophelia Cut
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Lescroart, John T. | Dead Irish | Book on Tape Dead Irish | Lescroart, John T. | Book on Tape

Audio Edition. 1996 NY: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing. Audio book (abridged [2 cassettes, 3 hours]), read by Tony Goldwyn.

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Betrayal | Lescroart, John | First Edition Book Lescroart, John | Betrayal | First Edition Copy

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Author Signed Hardcover Book. 2008 NY: Penguin  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Author Signed Hardcover Book. January 2011 NY: Penguin  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Fall, The | Lescroart, John | Signed First Edition Book Lescroart, John | Fall, The | Signed First Edition Copy

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Fatal | Lescroart, John | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy Lescroart, John | Fatal | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy

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Fatal | Lescroart, John | Signed First Edition Book Lescroart, John | Fatal | Signed First Edition Copy

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First Law, The | Lescroart, John | First Edition Book Lescroart, John | First Law, The | First Edition Copy

First Edition Hardcover Book 2003 NY: Dutton Fine  First edition, first printing, new/unread in flawless dust jacket. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Hunt Club, The | Lescroart, John | Signed First Edition Book Lescroart, John | Hunt Club, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. 2006 NY: Penguin  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Hunter, The | Lescroart, John | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy Lescroart, John | Hunter, The | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy

Author Signed ARC  2012 NY: Dutton  Advance reading copy, new in pictorial wraps, signed by author.

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Hunter, The | Lescroart, John | Signed First Edition Book Lescroart, John | Hunter, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. January 2012 NY: Penguin  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Keeper, The | Lescroart, John | Signed First Edition Book Lescroart, John | Keeper, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book May 2014 NY: Atria     First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by author. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Mercy Rule, The | Lescroart, John | Signed First Edition Book Lescroart, John | Mercy Rule, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. 1998 NY: Delacorte  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Motive, The | Lescroart, John | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy Lescroart, John | Motive, The | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy

Author Signed ARC  2003 NY: Dutton Advance reading copy, mint, new/unread in flawless pictorial wrappers, signed by the author.

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Nothing but the Truth | Lescroart, John | Book - Advance Reading Copy Lescroart, John | Nothing but the Truth | Book - Advance Reading Copy

1995 NY: Dutton  Advance reading copy, mint, new/unread in pictorial wraps.

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Oath, The | Lescroart, John | Signed Book Club Edition Lescroart, John | Oath, The | Signed Book Club Edition

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2002 NY: Dutton Book Club Edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Oath, The | Lescroart, John | Signed First Edition Book Lescroart, John | Oath, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. 2002 NY: Dutton  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Ophelia Cut, The | Lescroart, John | Signed First Edition Book Lescroart, John | Ophelia Cut, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. May 2013 NY: Atria Books  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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A Plague of Secrets by John Lescroart | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy Lescroart, John | Plague of Secrets, A | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy

Author Signed ARC  2009 NY: Dutton  Advance reading copy, mint, new/unread in flawless pictorial wrappers, signed by the author.

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Author Signed Hardcover Book. July 2009 NY: Penguin Group  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Poison | Lescroart, John | Signed First Edition Book Lescroart, John | Poison | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. February 2018 NY: Atria First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.   Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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The Rule of Law by John Lescroart | Signed First Edition Book Lescroart, John | Rule of Law, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. January 2019 NY: Atria Books First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.   Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Second Chair, The | Lescroart, John | Signed First Edition Book Lescroart, John | Second Chair, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. 2004 NY: Dutton  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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John Lescroart Bibliography

Auguste Lupa Series
  • Son of Holmes (1986)
  • Rasputin's Revenge (1987)

Dismas Hardy Series
  • Dead Irish (1989)
  • The Vig (1990)
  • Hard Evidence (1993)
  • The 13th Juror (1994)
  • The Mercy Rule (1998)
  • Nothing But the Truth (1999)
  • The Oath (2002)
  • The First Law (2003)
  • The Second Chair (2004)
  • The Motive (2004)
  • The Suspect (2007)
  • Betrayal (2008)
  • A Plague of Secrets (2009)
  • The Ophelia Cut (2013)
  • The Keeper (2014)
  • The Fall (May 2015)
  • Poison (2018)
  • The Rule of Law (January 2019)

John Lescroart Collection: The Hearing, the Oath, and the First Law (omnibus) (2004)

Abe Glitsky Series
  • A Certain Justice (1995)
  • Guilt (1996)
  • The Hearing (1999)
  • Damage (2011)

Wyatt Hunt Series
  • The Hunt Club (2006)
  • Treasure Hunt (2010)
  • The Hunter (2012)

Standalone Books
  • Fatal - 2017

John Lescroart wards
2007 - American Author Medal for The Suspect

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