New York Times Bestseller

In The 13th Juror, 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. The 13th Juror is a stunning and suspenseful novel of moral ambiguity, of good intentions, bad judgements and the tortuous path to ultimate justice.

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Praise for THE 13TH JUROR


—Jonathan Kellerman

“A heart-pounding page-turner. … The 13th Juror is courtroom drama at its best.”


“A brilliant courtroom drama.”

—The Washington Post Book World

“Unusual in his ability to combine courthouse scenes with action sequences, judicial puzzles and dimensional people, Mr. Lescroart produces a full house of well-drawn characters. The many subplots, social issues and legal maneuvers of The 13th Juror come together in a fast-paced text that sustains interest to the very end.”

—The Wall Street Journal

“Further evidence that Lescroart can hold his own among legal-thriller writers comes with this taut novel . . . an intricate story and satisfying courtroom scenes carry the day.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Powerful . . . compelling . . . the power of the book lies in Lescroart’s impeccable accumulation of detail.”

—San Francisco Chronicle

“A riveting legal thriller filled with twists and turns, engaging characters and crackling courtroom scenes. . . . His multi-dimensional story raises intriguing questions about guilt, justice and truth.”

—Greensboro News and Record

Dutton Hardcover, 1994; Signet Paperback, 2005