From New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart, a riveting novel featuring Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky on the hunt for clues about a woman who has gone missing.
On the evening before Thanksgiving, Hal Chase, a guard in the San Francisco County Jail, drives to the airport to pick up his step-brother for the weekend. When they return, Hal’s wife, Katie, has disappeared without a clue.
By the time Dismas Hardy hears about this, Katie has been missing for five days. The case strikes close to home because Katie had been seeing Hardy’s wife, a marriage counselor. By this time, the original Missing Persons case has become a suspected homicide, and Hal is the prime suspect. And the lawyer he wants for his defense is none other than Hardy himself.
Hardy calls on his friend, former homicide detective Abe Glitsky, to look into the case. At first it seems like the police might have it right; the Chases’ marriage was fraught with problems; Hal’s alibi is suspect; the life insurance policy on Katie was huge. But Glitsky’s mission is to identify other possible suspects, and there proves to be no shortage of them: Patti Orosco—rich, beautiful, dangerous, and Hal’s former lover; the still unknown person who had a recent affair with Katie; even Hal’s own step-mother Ruth, resentful of Katie’s gatekeeping against her grandchildren. And as Glitsky probes further, he learns of an incident at the San Francisco jail, where Hal works—only one of many questionable inmate deaths that have taken place there. Then, when Katie’s body is found not three blocks from the Chase home, Homicide arrests Hal and he finds himself an inmate in the very jail where he used to work, a place full of secrets he knows all too well.
Against this backdrop of conspiracy and corruption, ambiguous motives and suspicious alibis, an obsessed Glitsky closes in on the elusive truth. As other deaths begin to pile up he realizes, perhaps too late, that the next victim might be himself.
At the start of bestseller Lescroart's entertaining 18th thriller featuring San Francisco DA Dismas Hardy (after 2013's The Ophelia Cut), Hardy learns that Katie Chase, wife of sheriff's deputy Hal Chase, has gone missing. The cops question Hal, who's later arrested after the discovery of Katie's body. Hardy agrees to help Hal, and puts newly retired friend Abe Glitsky, once head of homicide in the SFPD, on the case. When Glitsky asks reporter Jeff Elliot for some background on Hal, he gets an earful about inmate deaths at the city jail under the direction of Sheriff Burt Cushing. Glitsky's best hope is finding the killer, or at least a viable suspect, one of whom could be Patti Orosco, Hal's rich and beautiful onetime lover, or the unknown man Katie had an affair with. Glitsky shakes the rust off his investigative skills as he chases down every lead. The action builds to a surprising and surprisingly cynical conclusion. Author tour.
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I'm so glad I rediscovered John Lescroart and his series featuring D Hardy and A Glitsky. Lescroart is an excellent writer of compelling yet believable mysteries with interesting characters.
Retired Investigator Abe Glitsky on the Hunt
John Lescroart's newest thriller, Narrated by David Colacci is another great book including Lescroart's main characters Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky.
Glitsky is now a retired inspector who is helping his friend and Defense Attorney Dismas Hardy with the investigation of the Disappearance of a clients wife. While the DA wants to D charge the husband with murder Abe has other ideas.
When the investigation seems to overlap with a string of inmate deaths at the County Jail the mystery rises to a level that uses all of Glitsky's investigative abilities.
Knowing these characters since the beginning of the series they are as you always remember them. As a reader of this series I an glad the author doesn't feel the need to over explain all the other books within this one new book. John Lescroart gives enough background to let this be your first Dismis Hardy/Abe Glitsky of which there are two separate and interwoven sets of books. Without having to know all the backstory.
Please go back and read the others if you can they are worth every minute and most are available on Audible.
As I listened to this book I thought several times who did what to whom but The twist and turns in this story leave you saying I didn't see that coming, again and again.
Well written. Just missed the one two punch. No tension or drama. Read like a police report. Ok but not terrific.