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A MASTERFUL STORY OF CRIME AND JUSTICE IN SAN FRANCISCO

When Dr. Caryn Dryden is found floating dead in her hot tub, homicide inspector Devine Juhle targets a suspect close to home: her husband, Stuart Gorman. After all, Stuart recently asked for a divorce...and he stands to gain millions in insurance. His alibi—that he was at his cabin on Echo Lake that weekend—doesn't keep him out of hot water. But maybe a shrewd attorney will.

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A MASTERFUL STORY OF CRIME AND JUSTICE IN SAN FRANCISCO

When Dr. Caryn Dryden is found floating dead in her hot tub, homicide inspector Devine Juhle targets a suspect close to home: her husband, Stuart Gorman. After all, Stuart recently asked for a divorce...and he stands to gain millions in insurance. His alibi—that he was at his cabin on Echo Lake that weekend—doesn't keep him out of hot water. But maybe a shrewd attorney will.

Gina Roake, a partner in Dismas Hardy's firm, is eager o take on such a high-profile case, especially when the client's innocence seems so easy to prove. Yet the more time she spends with Stuart, the more complicated her feelings become; she feels strangely drawn to him at first, then has to confront the possibility of a dark history lurking in his past. Desparate to know the truth, Gina calls in Wyatt Hunt to investigate. Before the facts are in, her client is on the lam; he's already been tried in the press, and so he's certain the courtroom won't bring him any mercy either. Racing to a stunning conclusion as Gina uncovers disturbing answers, John Lescroart spins a chilling story of secrets, love, and lies.

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Following closely on the heels of 2006's The Hunt Club, John Lescroart crafts another San Francisco–based 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
Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Lescroart's latest legal thriller falls short of its recent predecessors (The Hunt Club, etc.), after a promising opening. Successful outdoor author Stuart Gorman finds himself the prime suspect in the murder of his wife, Caryn, whose nude body he discovers near their hot tub at their San Francisco home after returning from a weekend at his mountain retreat. Feeling that he has nothing to hide, Stuart is frank about the tensions in his marriage, and those admissions, coupled with a history of domestic disturbance and a huge life insurance payout, prompt a close friend, California state assemblyman Jedd Conley, to recommend a lawyer, even before Stuart's arrest. The attorney, Gina Roake, is eager to sink her teeth into a major case as a way of overcoming a traumatic personal loss, and she soon turns investigator when evidence suggests that something amiss in Caryn's professional life as a doctor may have triggered her death. Unremarkable courtroom scenes and a clumsy gimmick to uncover the real killer make for a less than compelling resolution. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Gina Rourke, a partner at Dismas Hardy's firm, is eager to prove that Stuart Gorman didn't kill his wife, even though he had asked for a divorce and is now on the run. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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The author's latest legal thriller assigns a starring role to Gina Roake, yet another in his ever-expanding corps of regulars from the San Francisco justice system. Even though she'd just told him she wanted a divorce, and even though he told a traffic cop who tagged him for speeding that he was leaving town so that he wouldn't kill his wife, nature writer Stuart Gorman can't understand why the police regard him as their prime suspect after she's found drowned in their hot tub. It's true that Stuart is the person who found her the next morning, pulled her out and tried to administer CPR to a corpse already stiff with rigor mortis. And it's true that Dr. Caryn Dryden's death makes him a multi-millionaire. But he couldn't possibly have killed Caryn, he points out, because he was up at Tamarack Lake when she died. In that case, Insp. Sgt. Devin Juhle wants to know, how could a neighbor have identified Stuart's SUV pulling into his garage at 11:30 p.m. and leaving again an hour later? It must be a mistake, replies the suspect, who doesn't even want to retain counsel because he's convinced that the best way to clear himself is to play detective. Not until his old college roommate, California Assemblyman Jedd Conley, persuades him that hiring an attorney is no admission of guilt, does he sign on Gina, a partner of franchise linchpin Dismas Hardy (The Second Chair, 2004, etc.). Gina, a former prosecutor, has never defended a murder case before, and apart from the weight of the evidence, Stuart gives every sign of being the most clueless client in history. Lescroart cuts back on his trademark sociological sweep to deliver the mid-grade pleasures of the genre: a slow start, realisticallyrepetitious interrogations, some crackling courtroom scenes and a surprise ending that will catch at least half his readers unawares. Agent: Barney Karpfinger/Karpfinger Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423328582
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged, 5 CDs, 6 hrs.
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John T. Lescroart
John Lescroart is the bestselling author of eighteen previous novels, which have sold more than ten million copies. He lives with his family in Northern California.

Biography

John Lescroart has made a name (albeit an unpronounceable one!) for himself as the author of crime thrillers, most notably an acclaimed series starring the San Francisco lawyer-and-cop team of Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky. But the road to bestsellerdom has been paved with more than a few unexpected detours for this hardworking novelist, who has been writing all his adult life but who only started to chart big around the mid-1990s.

Lescroart (pronounced les-KWA) grew up with an equal interest in music and writing. After college, he concentrated his energies on the former, performing alone and in bands around the San Francisco Bay area and scribbling in whatever spare time he could find. But he set a deadline for himself, and when he had not "made it" by age 30, he quit music to focus on writing. Within weeks he finished up a novel-in-progress based on his experiences living in Spain. He submitted it to a former high school teacher who was less than dazzled; but the man's wife loved it and entered the manuscript in a local competition. Although it would not formally see print for another four years, Sunburn won the prestigious Joseph Henry Jackson Award, beating out Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire for the best novel by a California author.

To support his art, Lescroart held down a dizzying succession of jobs -- from house painting and bartending to working as a legal secretary. At one point, just as he was ready to enroll in the creative writing program at Amherst, he was offered a lucrative gig he could not afford to pass up, and graduate school fell by the wayside. As the years passed, some of his books were published, but he never felt financially secure enough to write full-time. Then, in 1989, he contracted spinal meningitis after body-surfing in contaminated seawater. He emerged from his life-threatening ordeal with a new resolve, quit the last of his day jobs, and became a real working novelist.

It took a few tries for Dismas Hardy to become the fully realized character Lescroart's fans have come to know and love. Debuting in 1989's Dead Irish, Hardy began life as an ex-cop/ex-attorney turned bartender and did not return to the practice of law until his third appearance in Hard Evidence (1993). From then on, interest grew in the series, which has snowballed into a lucrative franchise for the author. In 2006, Lescroart introduced another San Francisco-based dynamic duo, private investigator Wyatt Hunt and homicide detective Devin Juhle, in The Hunt Club. Slightly younger than Hardy and Glitsky but drawn with the same humanizing brush, the protagonists of this series have proved immensely popular with readers.

Incidentally, Lescroart's writing success has allowed him to return to his other love: He has founded his own independent label, CrowArt Records, which showcases some of his own music and produces CDs by a number of artist/friends. At long last, John Lescroart is able to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview, Lescroart let us in on some fun and fascinating insights about himself and his life as a writer:

"First, it's Less-KWAH. Here's a tip -- don't have that name. Get a pen name that people can pronounce and remember. Just this Saturday, I gave a talk at a well-attended writers' conference. There were probably a hundred people in the room, and the talk went very well. Five minutes later, I was in the bathroom washing my hands and around the corner, I heard a guy tell another that he'd just heard the greatest talk by John le Carré. 'You know, The Tailor of Panama and the Smiley books? Good stuff. I'm going to go buy all his books.'"

"Second, I didn't have to quit the day job to keep writing. One of the most productive times in my early writing life was while I had a full-time job as a word processor in a law firm and also worked part-time at night, often working until 11:00 p.m. How did I do any writing, you might ask? Well, I did it between 6:00 and 8:00 in the morning, four pages a day, and published five books in six years. But because a) I was making some money doing 'regular' work and didn't have to be scrounging for coin and b) I was panic-stricken at the little time that was left in the day to write, I wound up becoming more efficient."

"Third, I don't wait on inspiration, and I refuse to acknowledge 'writer's block.' I simply sit down and put words on the paper. It's like being a carpenter -- writers build things. Carpenters don't wake up and say, 'Hmm, I'm not in the mood to drive nails today.' No, they go to work and do the job. It's not very romantic, but that's how I approach writing."

"If you have a good relationship, nurture it. The great god of Writing with a capital "W" isn't the only thing in life. It can be a great part and a big part, but it shouldn't consume you on a daily basis and shouldn't make your life miserable all the time. Try not to get nuts about the greater success of other writers -- we're really not in competition with other writers. We're only trying to outdo ourselves, to get better at our jobs. Go on dates. Spend some time outside (fishing is good, so is skiing, hiking, swimming, jogging). Stay in shape -- writing is a marathon. Don't drink too much. Have as much fun as you can."

Lescroart used to perform as "Johnny Capo" in a group called Johnny Capo and His Real Good Band. Although he no longer performs with that outfit, he still pursues music as the founder of his very own independent label called CrowArt Records. The first project on the label was Date Night, a CD of his own compositions performed by master pianist Antonio Castillo de la Gala. Followers of Lescroart's writing may recognize the in-joke in the album's title. As he explains on his web site, "Fans of Dismas Hardy will know that Diz and Frannie (Dismas's wife) set aside every Wednesday night for some time alone together -- it's their date night."

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Lescroart
    2. Hometown:
      El Macero, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 14, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Houston, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English with Honors, UC Berkeley, 1970

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

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    We have a new Harriet Klausner, her name is Gail Cooke. Wow, you saved us all some big bucks by reading your mini version of the book. Now why would I want to buy this book after reading your crappy version of the story. Aren't you cheating B&N of some sales. This is where B&N should.step in and end this nonsense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    Not up to the author's standards

    I have read all of John Lescroart's books and this by far is the worst. Mr. Lescroart should stick with books featuring Dismas Hardy. If I had not known I was reading a book by John Lescroart, I would never have guessed it. The writing is very inferior to his other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

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    A good read

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

    disappointed

    This book took me a month to read-it did not hold my attention. The court room dialogue was the best part of the book but I would recommed trying others by the author first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    Lescroat Never Disappoints

    Since discovering Lescroat's books I've been a loyal reader. I've never been disappointed. Each new book strengthens my loyalty. This one begins with naivete of the innocent believing all is well when telling the truth. But, as always, the investigating mind always has pre-determined bias and investigative directions. In reflection, there were subtle hints missed along the way but that nagging back-of-the-mind uneasiness kept building.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2009

    A Great Twist of Suspects!

    The author really keeps you guessing until the end , most likely you will have missed the real culprit. The author is well established as a great writer and you will enjoy this book.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    A very good weekend read

    Excellent book to read over the weekend. Fun plot but easy to finish and enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    Where's Dismas?

    In his last two novels JL has introduced 'or featured' new main characters with what amounts to cameo appearances of Dismas Hardy. Although the books are well written and the characters are good, I'm drawn to JL's novels for the characters I'm invested in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    A Real Whodunnit !!

    First book I have read by this author, always thought he wrote more like John Grisham who is a little intense for me. But this book started out great and continued right to the end. Gina was such a likeable character, I rooted for her from the start. And poor Stuart trying to keep his family together. I wanted him aquitted even if he did do it, Caryn was just too self centered to live. Then there was Kymberly. I wanted to slap some good sense into that girl, who needed discipline in the worst way. The author certainly knew his characters and after the first 2 chapters so did we. This is right up there with my most favorite books and I'll be reading John for a long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2007

    John Lescroart comes through again with a thriller

    John Lescroart comes through again with a thriller. I was all ready to read a continuation of the Hunt Club characters. I was happy to see that John developing new characters. I didn't know who the killer was until he was ready to unvail him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2007

    CRACKLING COURTROOM SCENES AND A SURPRISE FINISH

    With each succeeding novel, now 18 in all, John Lescroart (pronounced 'less-kwah' so you can tell your friends about this book) garners a host of new fans. He is an author one cannot ignore as his plots are scrupulously drawn, his characters likable, and he choreographs the escalation of suspense masterfully. Gina Roake, a 47-year-old partner in Dismas Hardy's law firm and a secondary character in previous Lescroart tales, is given center stage in this story of truth and justice. Still reeling from the death of her beloved fiancé, an icon in San Francisco's law world, she has gone camping by a Sierra Nevada alpine lake to be alone and, hopefully, heal. Across the lake outdoor writer Stuart Gorman has a very different reason for seeking tranquility - his wife, Dr. Caryn Dryden, had just announced that she wanted a divorce. This was a shocking, infuriating kick in the head to Stuart as he had long ago realized that their marriage was not all he wished it but had determined to remain faithful - they had made promises to each other and he, for one, intended to keep them. Nonetheless, he was furious when Caryn as much as said he no longer mattered to her and he took off for their cabin at Echo Lake. Once there, he vented his anger by polishing off half a quart of vodka then going a few rounds with the cabin - plates ricocheted off walls, chairs were broken and framed family photos smashed. Unable to find any peace, he decided to drive back to the city for a final showdown with Caryn. It was not a showdown but it was final as he found Caryn dead, her nude body by their hot tub. Knowing that he had nothing to do with his wife's death, Stuart was frank when interrogated by Sergeant Devin Juhle, admitting that they were not getting along and that she had asked for a divorce. Further, her death will make him a millionaire three times over. To Juhle, if a wife is murdered, the spouse did it. Thus, he has not doubt that Stuart is guilty - all he has to do is prove it. Upon the advice of his good friend, California Assemblyman Jedd Conley, Stuart hires Gina as his attorney. She jumps at the chance even though she has never defended a murder case. However, as she comes to know Stuart there are a few unpleasant surprises in store for her - he has twice been arrested for domestic violence, he spent a few days alone at the family cabin with Caryn's attractive sister, Debra, a young girl living across the street from Stuart swears she saw him come home at the time Caryn was killed. As the investigation proceeds it appears that a recent invention of Caryn's awaiting FDA approval may have had something to do with her death. But, who would and perhaps more importantly who could have killed her? Lescroart treats readers to some of his trademark crackling courtroom scenes, and a surprising, satisfying finish,. In addition, he leaves us to ponder whether or not we are really believed innocent until we're proven guilty. Don't miss this one! - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2007

    Excellent

    This was a great book. It started out good and kept getting better. So many twists and surprises it kept me reading all night long, couldn't put it off. Even though I miss Dis Hardy, I look forward to reading more books about Gina. I'll be recommending The Suspect to my book club members.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2007

    Suspenseful whodunnit

    The suspect, Stuart, lies so much by omission that I couldn't be sure who the killer was. Lescroart has done a great job of creating a 'seamless transition' between Dismas Hardy,Abe Glitsky and the new lawyer group that it seems much like the same familiar old law firm of the past.The story line is much more intense than I expected.Good job John!

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    A MUST-HEAR THRILLER

    Versatile actor/director David Collaci who also narrated this author's Dead Irish (the first book with Dismas Hardy) has an easy-listening stage trained voice plus the ability to easily segue between characters. So deft is he at this that at times it almost seems that one is listening to a cast of readers rather than one. The conversations and confrontations between the two main characters are absolutely riveting when read by Colacci. With each succeeding novel, now 18 in all, John Lescroart (pronounced 'less-kwah' so you can tell your friends about this audiobook) garners a host of new fans. He is an author one cannot ignore as his plots are scrupulously drawn, his characters likable, and he choreographs the escalation of suspense masterfully. Gina Roake, a 47-year-old partner in Dismas Hardy's law firm and a secondary character in previous Lescroart tales, is given center stage in this story of truth and justice. Still reeling from the death of her beloved fiancé, an icon in San Francisco's law world, she has gone camping by a Sierra Nevada alpine lake to be alone and, hopefully, heal. Across the lake outdoor writer Stuart Gorman has a very different reason for seeking tranquility - his wife, Dr. Caryn Dryden, had just announced that she wanted a divorce. This was a shocking, infuriating kick in the head to Stuart as he had long ago realized that their marriage was not all he wished it but had determined to remain faithful - they had made promises to each other and he, for one, intended to keep them. Nonetheless, he was furious when Caryn as much as said he no longer mattered to her and he took off for their cabin at Echo Lake. Once there, he vented his anger by polishing off half a quart of vodka then going a few rounds with the cabin - plates ricocheted off walls, chairs were broken and framed family photos smashed. Unable to find any peace, he decided to drive back to the city for a final showdown with Caryn. It was not a showdown but it was final as he found Caryn dead, her nude body by their hot tub. Knowing that he had nothing to do with his wife's death, Stuart was frank when interrogated by Sergeant Devin Juhle, admitting that they were not getting along and that she had asked for a divorce. Further, her death will make him a millionaire three times over. To Juhle, if a wife is murdered, the spouse did it. Thus, he has not doubt that Stuart is guilty - all he has to do is prove it. Upon the advice of his good friend, California Assemblyman Jedd Conley, Stuart hires Gina as his attorney. She jumps at the chance even though she has never defended a murder case. However, as she comes to know Stuart there are a few unpleasant surprises in store for her - he has twice been arrested for domestic violence, he spent a few days alone at the family cabin with Caryn's attractive sister, Debra, a young girl living across the street from Stuart swears she saw him come home at the time Caryn was killed. As the investigation proceeds it appears that a recent invention of Caryn's awaiting FDA approval may have had something to do with her death. But, who would and perhaps more importantly who could have killed her? Lescroart treats listeners to some of his trademark crackling courtroom scenes, and a surprising, satisfying finish,. In addition, he leaves us to ponder whether or not we are really believed innocent until we're proven guilty. Don't miss this one! - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    interesting legal thriller

    When he returns to his San Francisco home following a weekend at Tamarack Lake, outdoor author Stuart Gorman finds his naked wife Dr. Caryn Dryden dead near their hot tub. San Francisco Police Department Inspector Sergeant Devin Juhle leads the official investigation. Stuart admits to the homicide detective that Caryn asked for a divorce, that their relationship was filled with domestic trouble and confesses that he hated her at least for this weekend though he also loved her he has no alibi. More so he will receive a large life insurance settlement so his close friend, California State Assemblyman Jedd Conley recommends he obtain a lawyer because his arrest seems imminent. --- Jedd gets his pal the services of attorney Gina Roake, just back from sabbatical following personal tragedy. Though her ego is lifted by being chosen, Gina wonders why her when her client and senator could choose anyone in the city. Still she quickly sends investigator Wyatt Hunt to see if someone can affirm that Stuart was in the Sierra Nevada lake at the time of death and to look closely into Caryn¿s medical career to see if that had something to do with her homicide. The media accuses Stuart of drowning his wife, which sends the accused on the run making the case that much more difficult to defend as the jury is already tainted before the trial has begun. --- This is an interesting legal thriller with a partner in Dismas Hardy¿s firm taking the lead on defending the client, convicted by a press frenzy before he even reaches the courtroom. The story line is fast-paced with interesting court scenes and a solid investigation into Caryn¿s professional connections. Though the ending seems implausible especially the post game twist and to dependent on an opening that Perry Mason would avoid, John Lescroart entertains his fans with this exciting tale. --- Harriet Klausner

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