Mystery Book Group: The City by the BayWednesday April 1, 2020
3:00 PM until 4:15 PM
The state of California looms large in the history of mysteries. Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, set in San Francisco, and Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, set in Los Angeles, essentially began the "hard-boiled" tradition of American mysteries. A few years ago, we read books set in The City of Angels; now it's time for mysteries set in the The City by the Bay.
The 13th Juror  by John Lescroart
Dismas Hardy, lawyer/investigator, undertakes the defense of Jennifer Witt, accused of murdering her husband and their eight-year-old son as well as her first husband, who had died nine years earlier from an apparent drug overdose. While preparing his case, Hardy learns that both of Jennifer's husbands had physically abused her. But Jennifer refuses to allow a defense that presumes her guilt. She is not guilty, she claims. Hardy is now driven to seek an alternative truth a jury can believe. As the trial progresses, the complex truth itself begins to change, to bend, to fade in and out of focus as the clock keeps ticking on Jennifer's fate, until there seems only one person left to convince, and she is "the 13th juror"—the judge.
Copies of the book are available at the Info Desk. Discussion moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of the Susan Lombardi Mysteries.
No registration required.
Location: Community Room
to go to the Wallingford Public Library