Twenty-six years ago, spinal meningitis nearly took John Lescroart's life. When he beat the odds and recovered, the experience led the author to create a future for himself that was even better than the life he'd been living before.
"I was in a coma for 11 days," Lescroart said. "When I got out, I said, 'I'm done working day jobs, and I'm done writing practice novels. I'm going to try to be a writer full time."
He sat down and wrote "Hard Evidence" — his sixth book, but the first of what became his trademark series of legal thrillers featuring San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy.
A quarter of a century later, Lescroart, now 67, has...