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In the latest Dismas Hardy legal thriller, a missing-persons case gets very complicated, very fast. Hal Chase is a guard at the San Francisco County Jail; one night, while he’s out at the airport picking up a relative, his wife, Katie, disappears from their home. Hal is soon picked up by police as the prime suspect. Because Katie was a client of Hardy’s marriage-counselor wife, Hal wants Dismas to take his case. Hardy asks his old pal, former homicide cop Abe Glitsky, to pitch in with the investigative legwork. Glitsky soon uncovers some serious holes in Hal Chase’s story—his alibi, for instance, is very shaky—and when Katie’s body is found, and her husband is arrested for the murder, Dismas wonders if he could possibly be defending a guilty man, while Glitsky wonders if he’ll come out of this case alive. Lescroart has occupied a chair at the head table of the legal-thriller society for quite awhile, and this smartly plotted, sharply written novel will do nothing to dislodge him from that lofty perch. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The return of Lescroart’s two most popular characters ensures mega-interest for an author whose books have sold 10 million copies and been translated into 22 languages across 75 countries. --David Pitt

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"A terrific read... Lescroart satisfies with every bite, and the finale is delicious." (Associated Press)

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"Smart, riveting, and utterly compelling, The Ophelia Cut has an incredible cast of characters from whom you will not want to depart...hands-down the best legal thriller I have read in years and a perfect case study for why readers love the brilliant John Lescroart. ” (Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Black List)

“[A] tense and intricate tale. . . Lescroart is a master of legal suspense. . . The Ophelia Cut will be remembered more as a literary endeavor in the vein of Scott Turow than anything Lescroart has done.” (Associated Press)

"Nothing short of magic, dark and delicious. The Ophelia Cut is the work of a master at the top of his game." (William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author of Trickster's Point)

“Bristling with red-hot suspense, The Ophelia Cut is the roller-coaster ride of a lifetime... You'll love this book." (Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies)

“Lescroart is a master at building tension to a complicated climax that will satisfy both old and new readers alike.” (The Florida Times-Union)

"A nail-biting suspense yarn that's not to be missed." (Providence Journal)
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Product Details

  • Series: Dismas Hardy
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition edition (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476709181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476709185
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (430 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 JohnLescroart.com 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.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The Keeper by John Lescroart is the fifteenth book in the Dismas Hardy series. It’s been almost 25 years since Dead Irish, the first Dismas Hardy novel was published in 1990. Unlike many other long-running series, author Lescroart manages to keep the series afloat with masterful storytelling without pricking the sensibility of the readers. And over the years, Dismas Hardy has grown into a fine character, one of the most memorable fictional characters ever created.

The Keeper is about a guard at the San Francisco County Jail whose wife Katie Chase has gone missing. When homicide detectives visited him and the missing person case has become homicide, Hal Chase insisted on lawyer Dismas Hardy to represent him. Though the police suspected Hal, Hardy and his friend Abe Glitsky, former homicide detective, thinks that it could be someone else.

When Hardy and Abe started their probe into the case, Katie’s body is discovered along with revelations about Hal’s affair and the insurance policy on Katie. Hal is taken into custody and sent to jail. But there are other possible suspects as well - Hal’s former love Patti Orosco, Katie’s unknown lover, and Hal’s step-mother Ruth. But as Hardy and Abe probe deeper, things are not what they seem to be.

John Lescroart has crafted a story that fans of the series will delightfully enjoy. Though there are different threads to the story, the author blends them beautifully bringing it to a suspenseful climax.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Denise Crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The latest in the series (#15) is an entertaining mystery that focuses on the collaboration between attorney Hardy and his long time friend turned investigator, ex cop Abe Glitsky, as they delve into the case of a missing woman and corruption at the local jail. The body of the woman, wife of jail guard Hal Chase, is found in a wooded clearing close to the family home and Hal is arrested. But the homicide isn't going to be closed that easily -- and the team is off and running, chasing down clues and trying to find evidence.

Although I knew who the murderer was almost instantly (a side effect of reading hundreds of books in this genre), the evolving story was paced well with plenty of red herrings. The partnership of Dismas and Abe has developed over the long series and the characters are well drawn and complex. Their interaction is spiked with humor but their respect for each other is evident.

I enjoy the series and fans will want to devour this latest book!

Thank you to NetGalley and Atria books for the e-book ARC to review.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By W. Mackela on May 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is the fifteenth book in the Dismas Hardy series, but most of the story is told from the point of view of former homicide detective Abe Glitsky. He has been retired for about 6 months and Hardy hires him as an investigator. He was bored reading books and watching TV, so he was quite willing to go out and do something useful, even though he felt like a turncoat, working for the defense. Hardy gives him a lot of freedom. He just wants him to find out who killed his client's wife. Glitsky is a veteran detective, so he knows what to do. Before too long the DA needs a new investigator, when one of his people is killed, so he hires Glitsky, still with the imperative to find out the truth.

This book is a fairly run of the mill Police Procedural. It works well as a stand alone story, and you don't feel like you jumped into the middle of a series. Abe Glitsky is a fairly fleshed out character, and you get a feel that he could have a future as an investigator for the DAs office. He is the only character that gets to be filled out. The rest of the players are more two-dimensional bit characters, you probably know them if you have followed this series.

I enjoyed The Keeper, but wasn't glued to the page. The story plodded along without too much happening other than Glitsky's detective work and home life. There wasn't too much tension, it felt more like a Police Procedural from the UK than an American Police Procedural.

I give this book 3 1/2 Stars out of 5. I liked Glitsky, but the plot could have used a few more twists and surprises.

I received this Digital Review Copy for free from edelweiss.com.
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Format: Hardcover
THE KEEPER is not a legal thriller. I don’t believe, if memory serves, there is a single courtroom scene on any page. That is a neat trick, considering it is full to the brim of defense attorneys (the venerable Dismas Hardy) and district attorneys (Wes Farrell and an entire team of assistants), not to mention police, ex- (Abe Glitsky) and otherwise, and a defendant (Hal Chase) who is in jail and may or (more likely) may not be innocent. John Lescroart's latest offering is a pure mystery, evenly divided between police procedure and private investigation, and wonderful from beginning to end.

Chase is a deputy sheriff assigned to duty at the San Francisco County Jail. When Chase’s wife, Katie, goes missing from their home on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, leaving her very young children unattended, suspicion almost immediately falls upon Chase, and not without reason. The couple has been having financial problems; the now-missing Katie had been in counseling; and both husband and wife had huge life insurance policies that named the surviving spouse as beneficiary. Chase, seeing which way the wind is blowing, lawyers up with Hardy. This is somewhat ironic, given that Katie had been seeing Hardy’s marriage counselor wife for some time. When it is revealed that Katie and Chase had been having extramarital affairs, it appears that Chase had at least two more motives to murder his wife.

Given that his usual investigator is away on an extended trip, Hardy retains Glitsky to start turning over evidentiary rocks in the hope of uncovering another suspect. Glitsky, who recently has been somewhat involuntarily retired from his job as a homicide detective, does not lack for suspects, but there is a problem: none of them are anywhere near as good as Chase.
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