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Following closely on the heels of 2006's The Hunt Club, John Lescroart crafts another San Franciscobased thriller around a case involving a popular writer wrongfully accused of murdering his wife -- and the attorney who will do anything to clear his name.
Stuart Gorman, a bestselling outdoors writer who advocates spiritual healing through nature, and his maverick doctor wife, Caryn Dryden, have been headed for divorce for years. But now, with their only child packed off to college, Caryn finally drops the D-word on Gorman, who erupts and retreats to their secluded mountain getaway to cool down and reevaluate his quickly unraveling life. When he returns a few days later, however, he finds his wife very naked and very dead in the hot tub. He immediately calls the authorities; but when the police arrive, Gorman quickly becomes the prime suspect in the bizarre death. Numerous domestic disturbances, an impending divorce, a multimillion-dollar insurance policy, allegations of infidelity, and a neighbor who allegedly saw someone in Gorman's vehicle leave the scene of the crime in the middle of the night all point to the successful writer being a successful murderer as well. Enter Gina Roake, a 47-year-old defense attorney who, emerging from a long mourning period after a crushing personal loss, has decided to "attack life" once again...
Longtime fans of Lescroart's previous novels will notice numerous familiar characters -- homicide inspector Devin Juhle, private investigator Wyatt Hunt, et al. -- playing important secondary roles in this page-turning thriller, which cleverly plants the seeds of a steamy new story line in the novel's conclusion. Paul Goat Allen