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The Hunter

Format:  Hardcover,

387 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Jan 2012

ISBN-13: 9780525952565

ISBN-10: 052595256X

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"New York Times" bestseller John Lescroart delivers a dark, intimate thriller about the price we put on family and the terrible costs of seeking the truth.

Raised by loving adoptive parents, San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt never had an interest in finding his birth family-until he gets a chilling text message from an unknown number: "How did ur mother die?"

The answer is murder, and urged on by curiosity and the mysterious texter, Hunt takes on a case he never knew existed, one that has lain unsolved for decades. His family's dark past unfurls in dead ends. Child Protective Services, who suspected but could never prove that Hunt was being neglected, is uninformed; his birth father, twice tried but never convicted of the murder, is in hiding; Evie, his mother's drug-addicted religious fanatic of a friend, is untraceable. And who is the texter, and how are they connected to Hunt?

Yet in the present, time is running out. The texter, who insists the killer is out there, refuses to be identified. The cat-and-mouse game leads Hunt across the country and eventually to places far more exotic-and far more dangerous. As the chase escalates, so does the threat, for the killer has a secret that can only be trusted to the grave. Thriller master John Lescroart weaves a shocking, suspenseful tale about the skeletons inside family closets . . . and the mortal danger outside the front door.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Jan 2012
ISBN-13: 9780525952565
ISBN-10: 052595256X
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 387
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.3
Walmart No.: 9780525952565

About the author

Biography of Lescroart, John

John Lescroart was born in Houston, Texas on January 14, 1948. He started writing as a student at the University of California-Berkeley, where he majored in English. Following college and a job with a telephone company, he traveled around Europe, singing folk and country-rock music. He won the 1978 Joseph Henry Jackson best novel award for under-35 California writers with the autobiographical novel Sunburn. While helping his wife raise their two children and working in legal, bartending, musician, and social service positions, he still found the time to write numerous novels.

His novels include the Dismas Hardy Series, Son of Holmes, Rasputin's Revenge, A Certain Justice, Guilt, The Hunt Club, The Suspect, Sunburn, Treasure Hunt, Damage, and The Hunter. He made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013 with his title The Ophelia Cut.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-01-20)

Upon receiving the unsettling text message, "How did your mother die?" the crafty San Francisco PI Wyatt Hunt-an orphan with little knowledge of his birth parents-sets off to find the answers to questions that have been troubling him for 40 years. In this third title starring Hunt (The Hunt Club; Treasure Hunt), New York Times best-selling author Lescroart populates a potentially haunting plot line with minor characters engaging in somewhat inconsequential events.

Rather than showcasing the customary witty repartee among investigators, Lescroart has Hunt and his associates turning inward and reflecting on how the events of the plot affect them personally, often in ways that spiral beyond their control. At one point in his search, Hunt experiences a physical and emotional breakdown, prompting a close colleague to offer him her strength and support. Wending its way through extensive interpersonal interactions and intimate exchanges, the plot slowly arrives at its predictable finale.

Verdict: Lescroart redeems this rather lackluster thriller by involving a few of Hunt's relatives in the infamous 1978 Jonestown massacre in Guyana. Devoted Lescroart fans may enjoy the work, but thrill-seekers might want to look elsewhere.

[See Prepub Alert, 7/25/11.] - Jerry P. Miller. Cambridge, MA

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2012-05-01)

In Lescroart's latest Wyatt Hunt thriller, the successful San Francisco-based private detective receives a text message from an unknown party asking if he knows how his birth mother died. Orphaned and raised by a caring foster family, Hunt never had an interest in finding his biological parents-until now. The message sets Hunt on a touching and tragic quest for the truth, which may cost him everything.

Verdict: Well read by Eric Dawe, the story contains enough twists and turns to hold the listener's interest. As in previous Hunt novels, the city is as much of a character as the wide range of police officers and PIs filling the narrative. Recommended to Lescroart's fans and others who enjoy fast-paced detective stories.

- Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Parkersburg Lib.

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

New York Times bestseller John Lescroart delivers a dark, intimate thriller about the price we put on family and the terrible costs of seeking the truth.

Raised by loving adoptive parents, San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt never had an interest in finding his birth family-until he gets a chilling text message from an unknown number: "How did ur mother die?"

The answer is murder, and urged on by curiosity and the mysterious texter, Hunt takes on a case he never knew existed, one that has lain unsolved for decades. His family's dark past unfurls in dead ends. Child Protective Services, who suspected but could never prove that Hunt was being neglected, is uninformed; his birth father, twice tried but never convicted of the murder, is in hiding; Evie, his mother's drug-addicted religious fanatic of a friend, is untraceable. And who is the texter, and how are they connected to Hunt?

Yet in the present, time is running out. The texter, who insists the killer is out there, refuses to be identified. The cat-and-mouse game leads Hunt across the country and eventually to places far more exotic-and far more dangerous. As the chase escalates, so does the threat, for the killer has a secret that can only be trusted to the grave. Thriller master John Lescroart weaves a shocking, suspenseful tale about the skeletons inside family closets... and the mortal danger outside the front door.

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