The Suspect

The Suspect

by John Lescroart

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ISBN-13: 9780451222763
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 429,306
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Lescroart is the author of nineteen previous novels, including The Betrayal, The Suspect, The Hunt Club, The Motive, The Second Chair, The First Law, The Oath, The Hearing, and Nothing But the Truth. He lives in Northern California.


El Macero, California

Date of Birth:

January 14, 1948

Place of Birth:

Houston, Texas


B.A. in English with Honors, UC Berkeley, 1970

Reading Group Guide


On the heels of The Hunt Club, his biggest bestseller to date, John Lescroart weaves a new story of crime and justice in San Francisco that will keep pages turning and readers guessing from start to dizzying finish.

When Dr. Caryn Dryden is found floating dead in her hot tub, homicide inspector Devin Juhle targets a suspect close to home: her husband, Stuart Gorman. After all, Stuart was recently asked for a divorce…and he stands to gain millions in insurance. His alibi that he was at his cabin on Tamarack 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 to 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. Desperate 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, The Suspect is a chilling story of secrets, love, and lies.

Building on The Hunt Club's phenomenal success, The Suspect showcases the writing of a master of suspense at the height of his art.


John Lescroart is the author of seventeen previous novels, including The Hunt Club, The Motive, The Second Chair, The First Law, The Oath, The Hearing, and Nothing But the Truth. He lives with his wife and their children in northern California.

  • What were your first impressions of Stuart Gorman? Were you sympathetic to his situation, or did you believe he was the one who murdered his wife?
  • The book opens with this quote from George Berkeley: "Truth is the cry of all, but the game of few." What does this quote mean in the context of what happens in The Suspect?
  • We learn about Caryn Dryden through flashbacks in the novel; what did you think of her?
  • Do you believe Stuart and Caryn's attempts to hide their daughter's bipolar disorder and to protect her when she got into trouble because of her illness helped or hurt Kymberly?
  • The book is set in very scenic places; San Francisco and the Lake Tahoe area. Did any particular imagery or descriptions stand out for you?
  • On pages 78-80, we read an excerpt from one of Stuart's books. What did you think of what he's written?
  • What did you think of Inspector Devin Juhle? Were his instincts about Stuart off base, or did he have good reason to think Stuart was the one who murdered Caryn?
  • Answer the question that Stuart poses to Gina Roake in Chapter 15, as he tries to explain his motivation for finding Caryn's killer: "If I didn't love her anymore, why would it matter so much?" [page 140]
  • "Gina found herself fighting for the job she now wanted more than anything in her life." [page 227] Why did she want to keep Stuart's case so badly?
  • Has your opinion of the U.S. justice system changed in any way now that you've read The Suspect? Do you believe that people are innocent until proven guilty? Was Stuart treated this way?
  • In addition to Stuart, many other characters had a motive to kill Caryn: her sister Debra; Kymberly; business partner Bob McAfee; the head of PII, Bill Blair. At any point, did you believe that any of these characters killed Caryn? Were there others that you suspected might be responsible?
  • Did you suspect that Gina's "date" with Jedd Conley was a sting?
  • Did Jedd's role in the mystery come as a surprise to you? Why or why not?
  • Were you surprised that Gina got together with Wyatt Hunt at the book's end? Do you think they make a good couple? Why or why not?

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The Suspect 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Fairly fast moving storyline with interesting characters. Well detailed development of the plot to allow the reader to try to anticipate the next steps . Definitely would recommend this book.
citygirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The author: a pretty reliable genre writer, legal thrillers set in San Francisco from the pov, usually of the defense attorney, sometimes a cop. In recent years he's moved away from his first main character, Dismas Hardy, into Hardy's circle of friends and colleagues. And he's written sooo many in this series. It's readable. In this one defense attorney Gina Roake takes the case of writer accused of killing his doctor wife after she dumps him. Roake is the only one who thinks he's innocent, blah blah. Unless you're really into SF and legal thrillers like I am, you can skip it safely. Heck, even if you are.
Bonni208 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Kept me up at night. Great story. Suspenseful.
OneMorePage on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Lescroart's 'normal' lawyer is Dismiss Hardy. Although he has a bit part, the main charter is Gina Roake, former fiance of Dismiss' partner, David.Yet again, we don't actually go to trial; instead, everything is settled at a preliminary hearing. Lescroart is recycling a tired plot.
kd9 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I'm glad to see Lescroart return to basics. Rather than escalating violence done to his main protagonists (Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky), he tells the story of a colleague of Hardy's who married the head of his law firm, David Freeman, only to have her husband gunned down. Gina Roake needs a long time to recover. She is a good lawyer, but she has never defended a murder suspect. On the advice of her ex-lover and politician, Jedd Conley, she takes the case of a outdoors writer accused of killing his wealthy and ambitious doctor wife. There are plenty of suspects and great insights into the workings of the criminal justice system, especially the mindsets of the police and prosecution once a suspect is arrested. This is a good book for lovers of San Francisco and of seeing justice triumph.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read
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sweetmarissa More than 1 year ago
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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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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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.
all-about-daughters More than 1 year ago
Excellent book to read over the weekend. Fun plot but easy to finish and enjoy.
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