• September 16, 2014

Lescroart delivers with ‘The Keeper’

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Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014 4:30 am

John Lescroart has been delivering compelling legal thrillers for years, and his latest, “The Keeper,” is another terrific read.

Abe Glitsky is a retired homicide detective. When his friend, attorney Dismas Hardy, asks for his help, he jumps at the chance to get back in the game. Hardy’s client, Hal Chase, claims everything was fine when he left his house to pick up his brother at the airport. When they returned, Hal’s wife, Katie, has vanished.

Hal reports her disappearance, but the police believe something more sinister has occurred. The drive to the airport doesn’t take as much time as Hal took to get there, and his brother’s plane was delayed. To make things more complicated, the police find Katie’s blood at the scene of her disappearance, and evidence reveals their marriage was on the rocks. Then Hardy learns his own wife, a marriage counselor, was seeing Katie professionally. What really happened that night, and is Hal manipulating Hardy to escape justice?

The reason that Lescroart’s novels are so readable is his ability to take compelling characters and baffling mysteries and mix them together like a top-rated chef.

Many writers include great plot elements but leave a bad taste in the mouth with a subpar ending. Lescroart satisfies with every bite, and the finale is delicious.

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