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Treasure Hunt (Wyatt Hunt Series #2)

Treasure Hunt (Wyatt Hunt Series #2)

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by John Lescroart, Jeffrey Cummings (Read by)

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Mickey Dade hates deskwork, but that’s all he’s been doing at Wyatt Hunt’s private investigative service, The Hunt Club. His itch to be active is answered when a body is discovered: It’s Dominic Como, one of San Francisco’s most high profile activists—a charismatic man known as much for his expensive suits as his work on a


Mickey Dade hates deskwork, but that’s all he’s been doing at Wyatt Hunt’s private investigative service, The Hunt Club. His itch to be active is answered when a body is discovered: It’s Dominic Como, one of San Francisco’s most high profile activists—a charismatic man known as much for his expensive suits as his work on a half-dozen nonprofit boards. One “person of interest” in the case is Como’s business associate, Alicia Thorpe—young, gorgeous, and the sister of one of Mickey’s friends.

As Mickey and Hunt are pulled into the case, they soon learn that the city’s golden fundraiser was involved in some highly suspect deals. And the lovely Alicia knows more about this—and more about Como—than she’s letting on. Treasure Hunt is both a nail-biting thriller and a coming-of-age story, filled with Lescroart’s trademark San Francisco flavors. Mickey Dade, its young protagonist, gradually learns the hard lessons Hunt knows only too well, as the world he thought he knew unravels around him.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Lescroart’s lackluster third Hunt Club thriller (after The Suspect) finds PI Wyatt Hunt near the end of his rope. Business has slowed to a trickle; Hunt’s relationship with his old high school friend, homicide detective Devin Juhle, is on the rocks; his receptionist, Tamara Dade, has walked out; and Tamara’s brother, Mickey, is his only remaining employee. When Mickey discovers the body of Dominic Como, San Francisco’s most prominent civic activist, he proposes a way for Hunt’s agency to get involved in the murder investigation and perhaps return to solvency. Como’s extensive charities, like the Sunset Youth Project and its subsidiaries, operated with a budget of about $50 million—a sum large enough to put all sorts of murder motives into play. And just how jealous was Como’s wife of her husband’s young and pretty female driver? A labored gathering of suspects, police, and Hunt Club operatives allows Hunt to produce the killer in melodramatic fashion. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
A month from throwing in the towel, Wyatt Hunt gets a chance to put his faltering private-investigation firm back on the map. Ever since The Hunt Club made headlines and trod on important San Francisco toes in its first big case (The Hunt Club, 2006), his name has been anathema in police circles, and spooked clients have stayed away too. But when Hunt tells aspiring chef Mickey Dade, his driver and sometime fieldworker, that he's going to have to let him go, Mickey makes a counter-offer. Fresh from discovering the body of wealthy activist/philanthropist Dominic Como, Mickey has heard that Hunt's old nemesis, Inspector Devin Juhle, is looking to pin the murder on Alicia Thorpe, a volunteer at Como's principal charity, Sunset Youth Project (SYP). Hunt could make the rounds of the organizations Como funded, Mickey suggests, get them to put up a substantial reward for information leading to a conviction and ride the attendant publicity back into the limelight. It's a pleasure to watch Hunt-at first diffident, then increasingly confident-persuade the executive directors of Mission Coalition, Sanctuary House and SYP to pony up. In a particularly zesty turn of events, grieving widow Ellen Como adds a substantial sum to the reward even as she's promising to claim the whole pot if her announcement that her husband was carrying on with Alicia closes the case. Alas, it's all downhill from there. Despite a second murder, there's little excitement in Juhle's pursuit of Alicia; The Hunt Club's investigation mainly turns up the unsurprising news that there's a lot of civic corruption in the Bay Area; and the denouement, in which Hunt summons all the leading figures in the case to his office so that hecan identify the killer by spotting discrepancies in the suspects' stories, will make you think you've wandered into an antique bookstore. Worth reading only for Lescroart's customary sharp-edged portrait of the myriad temptations San Francisco offers citizens with money and power.

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Brilliance Audio
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Wyatt Hunt Series , #2
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5.50(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet 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.

Brief Biography

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

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Treasure Hunt 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
This week I read three books, starting with John Burdett's brilliant Godfather of Kathmandu, then Robert Crais' very satisfying The First Rule. I was sure that I was going to be three out of three since I liked Lescroart's last book so much. But, it was not to be. Treasure Hunt is a dud in comparison to the other two. It's a dud in comparison to Lescroart's last novel, which I gave five stars. His characters are uninteresting and thinly developed. I wouldn't go so far as to say he phoned it in, but it could have been so much more. The author discusses the abuse of community service organizations, and that could have made a great story if he took it further. But instead he chose a rather pedestrian plot that just bored me. Even the Hunt Club members, who are supposed to be the good guys, showed a surprisingly short level of integrity and common sense. Try harder next time, Mr.Lescroart.
Mort More than 1 year ago
i read this book in 1.5 days. liked it smooth reading. characters were life like. they feed off each other. read it. i think you will like it. does not take long to get into the book either.
AngelKayW More than 1 year ago
I very much agree with KenCady's review. John Lescroart's books are great...with the exception of the Wyatt Hunt series. It's difficult to believe that John Lescroart actually wrote these they are so subpar to his Dismas Hardy series. I, too, had just finished Robert Crais' excellent book The First Rule and was very much looking forward to following it with a book from another of my favorite authors: Lescroart. Treasure Hunt was a terrible disappointment. I didn't even finish it. Both of the Wyatt Hunt books are very poorly written. I won't buy another one from that series. Hopefully Lescroart has not gone the way of James Patterson.
DonGeo More than 1 year ago
Like all of Lescroart's books in this series, this twisted thriller will not disappoint. The author's characters are cleanly and swiftly developed in prose so strong that you can see, feel, smell and touch each of them. The book works well as a 1st-time to Lescroart read, but is even better having read the precedant works. The story line is vibrant and unique, taking interesting twists while embracing the "work" of Not-for-Profits. Treasure Hunt is a must-read. Colourful, entertaining and a page turner. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While not quite up to the last Dismas Hardy book, it is definitely a good read.
pabenham More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book, but not one of Lescroart's best. Story line is weak.
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Disappointing. This book started out nicely and then dragged on. I much prefer books by Lee Child, Stuart Woods, Sandra Brown, Linda Fairstein or Michael Connelly.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
strange plot about detective (?) type characters involved in gathering donations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was just ordinary. Did not keep me interested like his other books that I have read/
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pleasure reading for relaxation
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enjoy the backdrop of the best city in the U.S.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Again, a bland read but I would purchase again because I really Lescroart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read several books by this author and this ranks up there with the best of them. I bought this to read on the flight from NY to San Diego and I was not disappointed. I finished it on way there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After I finished the book, I passed it on to a friend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this author an buy almost eveything he writes, some are better than others, but this one was very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this author. He has created believable characters and the San Francisco setting is always interesting. The plots are always have some twists and turns. I eagerly await the author's next effort.
Guest More than 1 year ago
enjoy browsing and checking for new or old authors.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Usually love his books, but the books about the Hunt characters always seem convoluted and far-fetched. Would not have bought the book if I realized this was central character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like to read before I turn in at night and this ia much better than watching TV
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good reading. Keeps you turning the pages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once-good author running out of things for his characters to do