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John Lescroart is the author of nineteen previous novels, including The Betrayal, The Suspect, The Hunt Club, The Motive, The Second Chair, The First Law, The Oath, The Hearing, and Nothing But the Truth. He lives in Northern California.
The heroes of Lescroart's popular Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky series (The Second Chair; etc.) have reached the point where age and professional success keep them from the gritty street-level investigations that made their adventures so good. While promising that he hasn't abandoned the duo, Lescroart keeps the action high by inaugurating a new San Francisco series, starring private investigator Wyatt Hunt and homicide detective Devin Juhle. Longtime Lescroart fans can relax: these pals are at least as interesting and enterprising as Hardy/Glitsky. Hunt's eccentric pack of friends and associates (aka the loose organization known as the Hunt Club) are investigating the murder of a federal judge and his young girlfriend. What would normally be a job for the police becomes personal after Hunt's love interest, who has connections to the judge, goes missing. Both Hunt and Juhle have appropriately troubled pasts: Hunt was forced out of a career as a child protective services officer, and Juhle is trying to live down a shoot-out that killed his last partner. As a PI, Hunt is free to detect in unorthodox and entertaining ways, while Juhle brings to bear the technical and logistic resources of official law enforcement. Most readers will agree that it's a great combination, both on the job and on the page. (On sale Jan. 24) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
In recent volumes of his popular Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky courtroom series (Second Chair and The Motive), Lescroart has flirted with the addition of new characters and subplots, but here he takes a fully fledged leap into the previously uncharted territory of private investigator Wyatt Hunt. Lescroart introduces Hunt as a caseworker for Child Protective Services (CPS) in San Francisco, follows him through an incident that ends his CPS career, and sets him up as a new protege of Dismas Hardy's ever-expanding law firm. Four years later, the staff and associates of Hunt's team, aptly named the Hunt Club, are drawn into a baffling investigation of the murder of a federal judge and his mistress that has surprising connections within the Bay City's power strata. Lescroart is to be applauded for recognizing the need for a fresh viewpoint in his narrative and for the creation of the energetic, streetwise Hunt, who certainly fills that bill. Hardy/Glitsky fans and new Lescroart readers alike will most assuredly want to join the Hunt Club.-Nancy McNicol, Ora Mason Branch Lib., West Haven, CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.