The Suspect Hardcover – Jan 16 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Lescroart's latest legal thriller falls short of its recent predecessors (The Hunt Club, etc.), after a promising opening. Successful outdoor author Stuart Gorman finds himself the prime suspect in the murder of his wife, Caryn, whose nude body he discovers near their hot tub at their San Francisco home after returning from a weekend at his mountain retreat. Feeling that he has nothing to hide, Stuart is frank about the tensions in his marriage, and those admissions, coupled with a history of domestic disturbance and a huge life insurance payout, prompt a close friend, California state assemblyman Jedd Conley, to recommend a lawyer, even before Stuart's arrest. The attorney, Gina Roake, is eager to sink her teeth into a major case as a way of overcoming a traumatic personal loss, and she soon turns investigator when evidence suggests that something amiss in Caryn's professional life as a doctor may have triggered her death. Unremarkable courtroom scenes and a clumsy gimmick to uncover the real killer make for a less than compelling resolution. (Jan.)
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Legal-thriller powerhouse Lescroart rounds up the usual suspects in his latest effort, the story of a man accused of murdering his wife. Investigator Wyatt Hunt and police detective Devin Juhle (from The Hunt Club, 2005) put in an appearance, as does longtime series regular Dismas Hardy, but the lead goes to Gina Roake, an attorney in Hardy's firm. Roake defends Stuart Gordon, an outdoor writer, whose wife is found dead in their home--while Gordon was out of town, alone. But defending a man she is not sure about isn't easy, and it gets harder when Gina begins to feel an attraction toward her client. Lescroart's prose has always ranged from smooth to clumsy ("he realized he was probably culpable of dishonesty"), but this time readers familiar with his work may find themselves wincing more often than usual. Still, the story is rock solid, and Gina Roake makes a nice addition to the author's roster of regulars. Stylistic flaws aside, this is a satisfying offering from an acknowledged brand name in the legal-thriller business. David Pitt
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On a clear, still and silent Sunday at the end of the second week in September, a fifty-year-old outdoor writer named Stuart Gorman sat on a flat-topped rock at the edge of a crystalline lake set in a bowl of granite near the California Desolation Wilderness Area a few miles southwest of Lake Tahoe. Read the first page
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Top Customer Reviews
With each succeeding novel, now 18 in all, John Lescroart (pronounced "less-kwah" so you can tell your friends about this audiobook) garners a host of new fans. He is an author one cannot ignore as his plots are scrupulously drawn, his characters likable, and he choreographs the escalation of suspense masterfully.
Gina Roake, a 47-year-old partner in Dismas Hardy's law firm and a secondary character in previous Lescroart tales, is given center stage in this story of truth and justice. Still reeling from the death of her beloved fiancé, an icon in San Francisco's law world, she has gone camping by a Sierra Nevada alpine lake to be alone and, hopefully, heal.
Across the lake outdoor writer Stuart Gorman has a very different reason for seeking tranquility - his wife, Dr. Caryn Dryden, had just announced that she wanted a divorce. This was a shocking, infuriating kick in the head to Stuart as he had long ago realized that their marriage was not all he wished it but had determined to remain faithful - they had made promises to each other and he, for one, intended to keep them.
Nonetheless, he was furious when Caryn as much as said he no longer mattered to her and he took off for their cabin at Echo Lake.Read more ›
it is the best thriller i have read in ages. i could not put it
down and read it in one sitting. it had a truly complex plot with great characters and a very sympathetic hero. i only wish
alfred hitchcock was still alive to make a movie of this book. only he would have the skill to translate this onto the screen. if you loved cracker and rebus this is the book for you! the ending will blow you away.