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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052595256X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952565
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Not only the best Wyatt Hunt novel yet, but one of Lescroart’s best.”—Associated Press

“If you’re hunting for a great book, your quest ends here.”—Providence Journal

“Suspenseful and surprising, full of twists and turns.”—Booklist

“John Lescroart’s writing skills are a national treasure.”—The Huffington Post

“Grisham and Turow remain the two best-known writers in the genre. There is, however, a third novelist at work today who deserves to be considered alongside Turow and Grisham. His name is John Lescroart.”—Chicago Sun-Times  
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

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.

More About the Author

John Lescroart's newest book, THE KEEPER, appeared on the New York Times best-seller list soon after its release in May, 2014. Thanks for your support!

John Lescroart is the New York Times Bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including most recently THE KEEPER, available online and in bookstores now. He has written seventeen novels in the San Francisco based Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky series. Libraries Unlimited has included him in its publication "The 100 Most Popular Thriller and Suspense Authors," his books have been translated into twenty languages in more than seventy-five countries, and his short stories appear in many anthologies.

John's blog at is updated regularly with writing tips, insights on his books, recipes, recommendations, book give-aways, and more! Please also find John on Twitter and Facebook.

Customer Reviews

Good read . . . could not put it down; read it straight through.
Reliance on characters other than his old standbys (and favorites) took away some of the luster, but the story line was weak and the ending a little too contrived.
Lescroart is introducing new characters and the story line was very engaging.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

83 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on January 3, 2012
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In my opinion, John Lescroart is one of the best mystery / courtroom drama authors writing today. Not only does he create complex, fascinating plots that keep you glued to the page from the first words to the last, he also creates very memorable, unique characters. Add to that Lescroart's love for San Francisco, the city where his mysteries are set, and you've got the perfect recipe for a great series of mystery and suspense novels.

I have read every book Lescroart has ever written (and usually more than once) because they are such a joy to read. I have to confess that I prefer Hardy / Glitsky series to the newer Wyatt Hunt series. The reason why I never really warmed up to Wyatt Hunt is because he was always way too perfect and idealized to be likable. I always perceived Hunt as one of those cardboard Superman figures: there is no flaw in him you can put your finger on but that's precisely what makes him less than appealing. In contrast, Hardy, Glitsky and especialy Wes Farrell are very complex, fascinating characters. Their demons and their complex personal histories are precisely what makes them so interesting to follow from one novel in the series to another.

In THE HUNTER, Lescroart finally shows to his readers that Wyatt Hunt is not as simple and one-dimensional as we might have started to think he was. There is a dark secret in Wyatt's distant past. When this private investigator sets out to explore the story of his mother's murder and his father's two trials as her killer, the readers start catching glimpses of those things about Hunt's personality that have been concealed from our view until this point. Wyatt's very perfection, his perennial need to be the best at everything he undertakes find their explanation in THE HUNTER.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert T. Carroll on January 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was my first Lescroart read. The author came highly recommended and I was not disappointed. For me the book was a page turner, finished in 2 days. Each twist and turn kept my interest up, the realism and accuracy of technical cell phone and medical details was much appreciated. Anyone familiar with San Francisco will also delight not only in the accuracy but in the local references to streets and places, especially bars, restaurants, and hotels. Connecting Jim Jones to past evil done and current evildoing was a stroke of genius. If the reader who says this is Lescroart's worst is right, then I have a lot to look forward to. Can't wait to read "Damage."
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Wyatt Hunt, along with his employees in "The Hunt Club," conducts private investigations, and takes center stage in John Lescroart's new thriller, "The Hunter." Wyatt's early years were difficult. He has only a vague memory of his birth parents, and at a young age, he was placed in California's foster care system. Although a loving couple named Bob and Charlene Hunt adopted Wyatt when he was six, he still bears emotional scars and has underlying abandonment issues. Hunt, who is in his early forties, recently split with his girlfriend, defense attorney Gina Roake. "We're both reluctant to commit," Wyatt tells his pal, San Francisco homicide detective Devin Juhle.

Out of the blue, Hunt receives a text on his cell phone from an anonymous source asking, "How did your mother die"? This message throws him for a loop, since he knows nothing about the subject. Thus begins a grueling odyssey that will consume Wyatt for months, bring him close to emotional collapse, and prompt a killer to commit further acts of violence. Hunt and his colleagues interview anyone who might have relevant information, carry out intensive research into the distant past, and soon discover that they have stirred up a hornet's nest.

"The Hunter" is an engrossing tale that focuses on Wyatt's visceral longing to find out who his parents were and why they were unable to raise him. Even when he is tempted to let the matter drop, Wyatt realizes that he needs to know the whole truth, regardless of the consequences. His investigation will endanger him and his staff, anger the police (who want him to back off), and threaten his relationship with the new woman in his life. On the other hand, his quest could ultimately help him fill in the blanks concerning his biological mother and father.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By B. Guerra on January 30, 2012
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While I enjoyed the premise of the strange text alerting him that his birth mother is dead and something shady was involved, the unfolding of that premise was shaky. I finished the book because the plot kept me semi-interested to see how it all turned out, but the characters and dialogue were amateurish. The scenes between Tamara and Wyatt were laughable and belonged in a bad romance novel. This is me paraphrasing, but not by much:

Tamara: "Wyatt, no matter what you do, you can't get rid of me."
Wyatt: "Are you sure? I feel like you deserve more, that you deserve something I can't give right now."
Tamara: "All I want is you, all of you. I just want you to let me in."
Wyatt: "Thank you. Things have just been hard. I'm glad you're here for me.
Tamara: "I'll always be here for you, no matter what."

I wanted to jam a pencil through my retina, but I just vomited instead.

Books like this really help one appreciate when someone nails dialogue and uses it to show different layers of the characters and propel the story forward.

I don't think I'll ever be at the front of the line when another one of Lescroart's books come out.
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