‘The Rule of Law,’ John Lescroart’s 18th Dismas Hardy Novel, Set for January 2019 Release

Following his provocative, fan-favorite standalone novel, Fatal (2017), John Lescroart returned to his New York Times bestselling Dismas Hardy series this year when Poison came out back in February. 

Now, Lescroart is gearing up to release his 18th Dismas book, titled The Rule of Law, which is scheduled for publication in early 2019. Check out the plot details below! 


John LescroartJohn Lescroart—the “master of the legal thriller” (Chicago Sun-Times)—is back in action, marshaling his witty dialogue and airtight plotting in this electrifying thriller featuring attorney Dismas Hardy as he grapples with his longtime, trusted assistant being charged as an accessory to murder.

Dismas Hardy knows something is amiss with his trusted secretary, Phyllis. Always reliable and consistent, she’s been behaving out of character and disappearing without notice. Dismas becomes even more concerned when he discovers that Phyllis has been reluctantly playing host to her convict brother, a man just released from San Quentin after serving a twenty-five-year sentence for armed robbery and attempted murder.

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

As “one of the best thriller writers to come down the pike” (USA TODAY), John Lescroart crafts yet another whip-smart and rousing novel filled with shocking twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very last page.



The Rule of Law will hit bookstores on January 29, 2019, and is currently available for pre-order here or anywhere else books are sold. 



Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children


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