The Keeper (Dismas Hardy Series #15)

The Keeper (Dismas Hardy Series #15)

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by John Lescroart

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From New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart, a riveting novel featuring Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky on the hunt for clues about a woman who has gone missing.

On the evening before Thanksgiving, Hal Chase, a guard in the San Francisco County Jail, drives to the airport to pick up his step-brother for the weekend. When they return, Hal’s…  See more details below


From New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart, a riveting novel featuring Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky on the hunt for clues about a woman who has gone missing.

On the evening before Thanksgiving, Hal Chase, a guard in the San Francisco County Jail, drives to the airport to pick up his step-brother for the weekend. When they return, Hal’s wife, Katie, has disappeared without a clue.

By the time Dismas Hardy hears about this, Katie has been missing for five days. The case strikes close to home because Katie had been seeing Hardy’s wife, a marriage counselor. By this time, the original Missing Persons case has become a suspected homicide, and Hal is the prime suspect. And the lawyer he wants for his defense is none other than Hardy himself.

Hardy calls on his friend, former homicide detective Abe Glitsky, to look into the case. At first it seems like the police might have it right; the Chases’ marriage was fraught with problems; Hal’s alibi is suspect; the life insurance policy on Katie was huge. But Glitsky’s mission is to identify other possible suspects, and there proves to be no shortage of them: Patti Orosco—rich, beautiful, dangerous, and Hal’s former lover; the still unknown person who had a recent affair with Katie; even Hal’s own step-mother Ruth, resentful of Katie’s gatekeeping against her grandchildren. And as Glitsky probes further, he learns of an incident at the San Francisco jail, where Hal works—only one of many questionable inmate deaths that have taken place there. Then, when Katie’s body is found not three blocks from the Chase home, Homicide arrests Hal and he finds himself an inmate in the very jail where he used to work, a place full of secrets he knows all too well.

Against this backdrop of conspiracy and corruption, ambiguous motives and suspicious alibis, an obsessed Glitsky closes in on the elusive truth. As other deaths begin to pile up he realizes, perhaps too late, that the next victim might be himself.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of bestseller Lescroart’s entertaining 18th thriller featuring San Francisco DA Dismas Hardy (after 2013’s The Ophelia Cut), Hardy learns that Katie Chase, wife of sheriff’s deputy Hal Chase, has gone missing. The cops question Hal, who’s later arrested after the discovery of Katie’s body. Hardy agrees to help Hal, and puts newly retired friend Abe Glitsky, once head of homicide in the SFPD, on the case. When Glitsky asks reporter Jeff Elliot for some background on Hal, he gets an earful about inmate deaths at the city jail under the direction of Sheriff Burt Cushing. Glitsky’s best hope is finding the killer, or at least a viable suspect, one of whom could be Patti Orosco, Hal’s rich and beautiful onetime lover, or the unknown man Katie had an affair with. Glitsky shakes the rust off his investigative skills as he chases down every lead. The action builds to a surprising and surprisingly cynical conclusion. Author tour. Agent: Barney Karpfinger, Karpfinger Agency. (May)
Associated Press Staff
“[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.”
Providence Journal
"A nail-biting suspense yarn that's not to be missed."
Gayle Lynds
“Bristling with red-hot suspense, The Ophelia Cut is the roller-coaster ride of a lifetime... You'll love this book."
The Florida Times-Union
“Lescroart is a master at building tension to a complicated climax that will satisfy both old and new readers alike.
Brad Thor
Praise for The Ophelia Cut

"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. ”
M.J. Rose
“An amazing page-turner, emotional, significant and suspenseful. Lescroart has written his most gripping novel to date, one which sets a new standard.
William Kent Krueger
"Nothing short of magic, dark and delicious. The Ophelia Cut is the work of a master at the top of his game."
Kirkus Reviews
Just because San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy's friend Lt. Abe Glitsky's been forced out as chief of SFPD Homicide doesn't mean he can't go back to work—as an independent investigator for Hardy himself, with all the complications fans would expect. Katie Chase, a client of Hardy's family-counselor wife, Frannie, has been reported missing by her husband, Deputy Sheriff Hal Chase, who works as a prison guard. When Hal calls in his stepmother, Ruth Chase, instead of Katie's parents, Curt and Carli Dunne, to help with his two small children, he risks tearing his family even further apart. Hal himself is behind his wife's disappearance, Curt and Carli darkly intimate, and the discovery of Katie's corpse close to the family home gives more credence to their charges. Hal hires Hardy to represent him, and since Hardy's regular investigator is away on vacation, he asks Glitsky to investigate. So far the case looks much more like a straightforward whodunit than Lescroart's large-scale studies of Bay Area political corruption (The Ophelia Cut, 2013, etc.). But that all changes when Glitsky begins looking into a rash of suspicious activity at the jail, especially the fatal slip and fall of inmate Alanos Tussaint. Probing ever more deeply, Glitsky links nefarious County Sheriff Burt Cushing and Adam Foster, his chief deputy, to both the allegations of illegal violence in the jail and an unusually nasty coverup. Ordered by Hardy to stick to collecting evidence he can use in court, Glitsky, concluding that "the facts of the case cried out for obsession," announces his determination to see justice done whatever the cost. The cost promptly rises. Glitsky isn't the only one who's in for a bumpy ride, for beneath the cathartic outburst of homicides are more perps than you can waggle a Taser at. The investigation, heartfelt but untidy, ranks in the middle range among Hardy and Glitsky's caseload.

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The Keeper


AT SEVEN-FIFTEEN on the Monday morning after Thanksgiving, Dismas Hardy sat at his dining room table, the San Francisco Chronicle spread out before him. He reached for his mug of coffee, took an all but unconscious sip, put it back down.

His wife, Frannie, coming in from the kitchen behind him, put her hands on his shoulders, then kissed the top of his head. “Are you all right?”


“You sure?”

“Why wouldn’t I be?”

“I don’t know. You’re sighing just about every ten seconds.”

“It’s a new breathing technique I’m working on.”

“I’d say you’ve got it down.”

“Every ten seconds?”

“Give or take.” In her bathrobe, fresh from a shower, she pulled out a chair and sat as Hardy sighed again. “Like right there,” she said. “You’re also not zipping through the paper the way you always do.”

Hardy looked down, turned a page. “Am, too.” He sat back. “Okay, so the kids stay here for five days, and the whole time I’m aware of how much space they’re taking up and the energy it takes to keep up with them, and by yesterday I am really, really ready for them to get back to their school lives and out of here. And now this morning I wake up and they’re not here and I wish they were. How does this make any sense?”

“You miss them, that’s all.”

“Yeah, but when they’re here . . .”

“They’re great.”

“Of course,” Hardy said. “Perfect in every way, as we’ve raised them to be. But I barely get used to seeing them and they’re gone again. Then I want them back.”

“Kids,” she said. “Can’t live with them. Can’t kill them. Meanwhile, do you think you can spare me a piece of the paper?”

Hardy sighed again. Reaching up, he tore off a corner the size of a postage stamp and slid it across to her.

“Thank you,” she said. “Now could you please spare me a section of the newspaper? Any section would be fine.”

“You said ‘piece.’ ”

“I know I did. That was an egregious error, and I deserved what I got.” Striking quickly, she pulled the front section over to her. “How have I tolerated living with you all these years?”

“That whole ‘never a dull moment’ thing?”

“That must be it.” She scanned the headlines, turned the page, and after a minute or two gave a quick gasp.

Hardy looked over. “What?”

But she was reading and didn’t respond. Her hand went to her mouth.


Now she looked up, puzzled and pensive. “Katie Chase,” she said. “One of my clients. It says here she’s gone missing.”


“Looks like Wednesday night.” Frannie kept scanning. “Her husband, Hal, went to pick up his brother at the airport, and when he came back, she was gone.”

“Gone how?”

“I don’t know. That’s all it says here, missing from her house.”

“Any signs of a struggle?”

“I don’t know. It doesn’t say.” She looked across at him. “She’s got two kids, Diz. One and three. That’s part of why she was seeing me.”

“What’s the other part? No, wait, let me guess. Her marriage.” Then he shook his head. “But the husband’s got an alibi.”

“It’s not an alibi, Dismas. It wasn’t him. I’m sure it wasn’t him.”

“No? Why do you say that? Do you know him?”

Frannie lifted then lowered her shoulders. “They have their problems. This just in: Raising kids isn’t easy. You said it yourself. Hal was at the airport. Maybe somebody snatched her. Maybe she ran away.”

“And left her kids?”

“Maybe they weren’t there. Maybe Hal took them with him to the airport.”

“Because toddlers are so much fun to be with? Especially at an airport. No, they were home with her.”

“So what happened to them?”

“They’re still home,” Hardy said. “They’re fine. If they weren’t, that article would have said something about it. It’s only her. She either left on her own or somebody took her. And sorry, but nobody kidnaps adults.”

“Either way . . .”

Hardy finished her thought. “Either way, I admit, it’s not good. And speaking of other things not good, you should read ‘CityTalk’”—a popular daily column in the paper—“third overdose in the jail in the last three months.”

“Overdose in the jail? How do you get drugs into the jail?”

“I’m going to rule out the Tooth Fairy.”

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The Keeper: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lescroart's books are page turners. A mystery writer who doesn't have to use vulgar language and detailed sex to put forth an interesting novel!
Sambenedict More than 1 year ago
One of his better recent efforts. Not necessarily as good as some of the early Hardy-Glitssky books(The Oath)being the last really great one), but still a good read as the familiar age maybe not so gracefully.
LeeNV More than 1 year ago
A little slow starting, but just picked up and got better and more complicated. You couldn't predict the end. Lescroat hasn't lost his touch. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so happy to report that this is a really good book, well written, complex yet plausable, just good writing. So many other author failures in the past few months had disheartened me. Thank you for the good story. Kat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short & sweet, AWESOME!!!!! Recommed to all!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky revue is as usual entertaining and enjoyable. The author still has a few tricks up his sleeve and managed to keep me guessing right up to the very end. Somehow though this book didn't seem the sparkle that I've come to expect and look for in this ongoing series. Give this book a good 3.5 stars. J M Lydon
GMony61 More than 1 year ago
This book had a lot of twists and turns. Has many main characters so you don't know who the true focus of story will be. Highly recommend this, excellent read.
Suzy38Qkid More than 1 year ago
Have read all John Lescroart's Books. Very suspense filled.
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JackDaniels More than 1 year ago
If you love the Hardy series you will love this book.
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Mikeeman More than 1 year ago
Tedium to a new level .Quit reading about 30% through.  Definitely  a "paid by the word" effort  by the author.  He won't get me again.  My  resolve it to"DISMISS DISMUS"!!  Goodbye Mr. Lescroat!!!!
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snowyowl49855 More than 1 year ago
Loved it, very enjoyable and suspenseful read!