The Hunter (Wyatt Hunt Series #3)

The Hunter (Wyatt Hunt Series #3)

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by John Lescroart
     
 

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Raised by loving adoptive parents, San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt never had an interest in finding his birth family—until he gets a chilling text message:

“How did your mother die?”

The answer is murder, and Hunt takes on a case he never knew existed, unsolved for decades. His family’s dark past unfurls in

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Raised by loving adoptive parents, San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt never had an interest in finding his birth family—until he gets a chilling text message:

“How did your mother die?”

The answer is murder, and Hunt takes on a case he never knew existed, unsolved for decades. His family’s dark past unfurls in dead ends. Child Protection Services, who suspected Hunt was being neglected, is uninformed; his birth father, twice-tried but never convicted of the murder, is in hiding; Evie, his mother’s drug-addicted religious fanatic of a friend, is untraceable. And who is the texter, and how is this person connected to Hunt? Time is running out. Insisting the murderer is out there, the texter refuses to be identified. But as the case escalates, so does the threat—for the killer has a secret that will go to the grave…


Editorial Reviews

Surrounded by an adoring family and loyal associates and friends, award-winning director Tallie Jones has a right to feel that at thirty-nine, her life is nearly perfect. Then, just when she is directing the most important film of her life, the bottom begins, at first gradually, to fall apart. As account discrepancies of ever-larger magnitudes emerge, she realizes that somebody very close to her has grievously betrayed her. Who is it: Her trusted personal accountant? Her loving college-age daughter? Her devoted personal assistant? Her producer live-in lover? To catch the thief in this endgame, Tallie puts herself on the line. Keep the nightlights burning; Danielle Steel is back in town. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
“How did your mother die?” For San Francisco PI Wyatt Hunt, that enigmatic text message triggers his biggest, and most personal, case—and it’s a great start to bestseller Lescroart’s outstanding fourth Hunt novel (after 2010’s The Treasure Club). Hunt, an orphan with few details of his birth parents, soon learns that his birth name was Wyatt Carson; that his mother, Margaret, was murdered; and that his father, Kevin, was charged with the crime but never convicted. He also receives, from the priest who married his parents, a letter from Kevin asserting his innocence. Lescroart deftly handles a large supporting cast and makes fine use of the city of San Francisco while cleverly incorporating a piece of real history into the narrative, the infamous Jonestown massacre in Guyana in 1978 (the “People’s Temple” leader Jim Jones had been active in San Francisco). This book succeeds on every level—as a mystery, as a thriller, and as an exploration of its appealing hero. Agent: Barney Karpfinger. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
“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  

Library Journal
In Lescroart's latest Wyatt Hunt thriller, the successful San Francisco—based private detective receives a text message from an unknown party asking if he knows how his birth mother died. Orphaned and raised by a caring foster family, Hunt never had an interest in finding his biological parents—until now. The message sets Hunt on a touching and tragic quest for the truth, which may cost him everything. VERDICT Well read by Eric Dawe, the story contains enough twists and turns to hold the listener's interest. As in previous Hunt novels, the city is as much of a character as the wide range of police officers and PIs filling the narrative. Recommended to Lescroart's fans and others who enjoy fast-paced detective stories. ["Devoted Lescroart fans may enjoy the work, but thrill-seekers might want to look elsewhere," read the less-than-positive review of the New York Times best-selling Dutton hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 1/20/12.—Ed.]—Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Parkersburg Lib.
Kirkus Reviews
Time for San Francisco private eye Wyatt Hunt to confront the obligatory demons from his past as he searches for the killer of his birth mother. "How did your mother die?" asks an anonymous text message. The founder and principal of The Hunt Club, who's never known who his birth parents were, soon learns at least part of the answer: She was killed 40 years ago, only three years after her marriage to the man who was tried twice for her murder and set free twice by hung juries. Father Don Bernard, the priest who married Margaret and Kevin Carson, has more news for Hunt: an ancient letter from his father swearing his innocence and saying that he's leaving the Bay Area for a job in Texas. The ice-cold trail, lit at first only by the flares of further text messages, turns red-hot when Ivan Orloff, Hunt's newest investigator, gets killed after making what seemed like some pretty routine inquiries. The trail leads from Evie Secrist, Margaret's best friend, back to the Jonestown mass suicide a generation ago, and forward to Evie's ex-husband Lionel Spencer. But it ends again, frustratingly, with Spencer's own death, which Hunt's old SFPD frenemy, homicide inspector Devin Juhle, is all too eager to write off as suicide. Will Hunt and Tamara Dade, his veteran assistant and new lover, be able to pick up the scent the cops missed? Most readers will see ahead of Hunt where this is all headed. Nor will many of them consider the substitution of the hero's back story for Lescroart's customary sociological probe of San Francisco corruption (Treasure Hunt, 2010, etc.) an improvement. The scene in which Hunt finally comes face to face with his anonymous informant, however, is transfixing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101559451
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Series:
Wyatt Hunt Series , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
56,619
File size:
469 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“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

Meet the Author

John Lescroart is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty previous novels, including A Plague of Secrets, Betrayal, The Suspect, and The Hunt Club. His books have been printed in sixteen languages and published in more than seventy-five countries. 

Brief Biography

Hometown:
El Macero, California
Date of Birth:
January 14, 1948
Place of Birth:
Houston, Texas
Education:
B.A. in English with Honors, UC Berkeley, 1970

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The Hunter 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the way that Lescroart develops Wyatt Hunt's character in this book. He makes you feel like you know him and are rooting for him as the plot develops!!!!! Wyatt opens himself up and lets you feel his frustrations and successes as the plot develops. John Lescroart keeps you involved and emotionally connected throught the entire book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, but too long and tortuous plot.
Sansabiel More than 1 year ago
always good characters, and a puzzle to solve. One of my favorite authors
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always enjoy John Lescroart's books. I appreciate the way he develops his characters from book to book, the believable plots, and fresh story lines.
Knightrider666 More than 1 year ago
ENJOYABLE READ. RECOMMENDED. JOHN LESCROART. WHAT MORE TO SAY?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always a fantastic read! You will not be disappointed
BarboOH More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing as usual... a must read
Madderly-Review More than 1 year ago
The best parts of Lescroart,s character driven books are the relationships the reader maintains with the characters. I was thrilled to see Wyatt Hunt return and loved the idea of delving into his past with him. The book centers around the questionable death of Wyatt's birth mother. Of course it turns out to be a murder to be solved, and of course Wyatt and his "band of merry men and women" are on the job. Enter a mysterious texter and ties to Jim Jones, and a great story unfolds. Upon following his adventures we learn more about the characters we want to share a dinner with, so all in all this was a successful venture for a top author.
bgwyn34 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed all the John Lescroart books I've read and this one did not disappoint !!
AndyAC More than 1 year ago
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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Punchs the payer and shoots the killer in the gut"FUC OFF MY FRIENDS,HALEY I NEED HELP!"
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"I need you to kill Flower. She is a Demigod at 'ethics' res one."
AMA001 More than 1 year ago
Always enjoy John Lescroart's books and this is no exception. It's not the type of story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, but it's worth reading.
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