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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
Lescroart DoesIt Again !!!!!!!
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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
Two Words.... Soap Opera
posted by Carol-G on January 11, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 24, 2012
Posted May 18, 2012
Seeking the Past
The Hunt Club, the private investigative agency in San Francisco headed by Wyatt Hunt, has been the focus of several novels prior to this one, exciting mystery-thrillers. While the present volume is both a mystery with some elements of thriller, the reader has to painstakingly plod through a lot to find them. It basically is more of an introspective look at Hunt, his birth and his development as a mature person.
Hunt’s mother was murdered when he was three, his father twice tried for the deed but not convicted because of hung juries. While on trial, he let Hunt go through the system, passing through several adoptive families before hitting success with the Hunts. Then one day, now a middle-aged man, he receives a text message: “How did your mother die?,” thus setting him on a journey to rediscover his routes, with almost no memories or information to guide him.
Uncovering strange and unexpected information along the way, Hunt follows a trail, often led by additional text messages, not to mention additional murders. Too often, there is much repetition, and the physical reaction by Hunt to the pressures seemed superficial, leaving one wondering if there is some basic physical ailment or just plain old anxiety affecting him. Perhaps some judicious editing, or even a rewrite, could have improved the novel, which in its present form is quite interesting but to this reader lacks the spark of the predecessors in the series. Perhaps that’s what the author strove to achieve - - who knows? With that caveat, the novel is recommended.
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Posted December 27, 2012
Posted January 23, 2012
A Little Disappointing
While John Lescroart remains one of my favorite writers, this book wasw a little disappointing. I felt that someone was there with a whip telling him to get this book written. His characters still are likeable and interesting, but this was less so and I found myself getting impatient.
Waiting for the next one.
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Posted January 31, 2012
Posted January 30, 2012
Posted January 30, 2012
Posted January 26, 2012
A More Personal Tale
The Hunter has its share of crime and private investigation, nicely done with a big if. That is why the newly promoted inspector Burg was able to find the "real killers" way back when, yet the detectives assigned to the case could not, nor could Hunt without much difficulty some 40 years later. Saying that Burg solved the crime without telling us how leaves way too many questions. And what was the supposed police involvement at the beginning that caused the threat that the investigation would be shut down as a cover-up? Forgotten by the author is all I know. But then, you know how they are-these former defense attorneys.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
But the story is mostly a personal tale of Hunt's adoption and his discovery of his natural family. Another reviewer uses the words "soap opera" and he is not far off. I pick these books up for the crime stories, and frankly didn't care about this aspect of the case. But I recognize that the author did a bang up job on it.
Posted January 18, 2012
"How Did Your Mother Die?"
Wyatt Hunt is a private investigator who suddenly receives an enigmatic text: "How did your mother die?" Up to now, Wyatt knows he was adopted but has no idea who his parents were, let alone that his mother died by some mysterious event. So begins a journey of discovery, anxiety and trauma beyond one's wildest imaginations, with connections to the infamous Jim Jones, the cultist leader responsible for the deaths of thousands back in the late 20th century.
Wyatt has a bunch of great people working for him, all of whom want to be part of figuring out how Wyatt's mother died, a hunt that will turn even more desperate after one of their own group is murdered while investigating what at first seems a very vague clue. In the process, Wyatt will be seeking who is the unrevealed texter and wanting to know why someone higher up in the Police Department has ordered him to stop fishing around in police business, even though this case has been cold for forty years.
What's Wyatt to do about a letter supposedly written by his real father, a message which declares his own innocence in the demise of his wife? Little by little, the people Wyatt and his staff are interviewing remember a little more and a little more, just enough each time to make the story even more complex and more traumatic for Wyatt. One of the hallmarks of this novel is the authenticity by which Wyatt, normally a very together, orderly guy, suffers increasing mental, emotional, and physical distress and illness. However, a relationship with a significant other improves, even through the test of dire stress to which Wyatt succumbs at one point in the story. A lifetime of coping with the unknown surfaces with horrific effects that it seems may or may not be healed with a solution to the multiple questions reached at many near dead-end points.
The Hunter is a taut, thrilling, complex and fascinating mystery about origins, cold case crime, and relationships gone awry because of hidden motives and secrets! Well done, John Lescroart!
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Posted January 12, 2012
The Hunter hits the bull's redeye
Lescroart is today's genius writer of redeye fiction. Buy The Hunter on Friday, finish it by Sunday night, or you'll wake up in a San Francisco-like mind fog on Monday for work. It's that good! Take my learned advice or suffer through your workday. Hey, can't say you've not been warned.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2012
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Posted February 2, 2012
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