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From New York Times best-selling 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.
©2014 The Lescroart Corporation (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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By Cholmondeley on 10-08-14

Lescroat in full stride

This is classic Lescroart. It's set in San Francisco - probably a San Francisco of yesterday but he describes a crazy place I knew and liked. He's not a lawyer but he gets the procedural stuff and the sense of criminal law practice as well as anyone in the writing business. Dismas and Fran are getting older and in a way, they are both getting cooler.

David Colacci is, of course, the voice of the series and does for Lescroart what Richard Ferrone has done for the Prey Series.

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By Tess C. on 05-26-14

One of slower stories of the Dismas Hardy series

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The first 7 hours of this story are quite slow. A 2 or 3 paragraph synopsis/summary would have been adequate for that length of the story.

The plot finally picked up around hour 8 and got interesting. Lescroart is a favorite author but I feel he should have abbreviated or added better pacing to the majority of this 12 hour ( audio length) story

Would you ever listen to anything by John Lescroart again?

Yes. I have listened to all the Hardy stories over the years and some of Lescroarts other work

What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Collacci is excellent. Hi 'voicing ' is superb.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The end had a good plot twist. Just not quite worth the time to get there.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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