Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Keeper (Dismas Hardy, #15)” as Want to Read:
The Keeper (Dismas Hardy, #15)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Keeper (Dismas Hardy #15)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  2,290 Ratings  ·  261 Reviews
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 disappeare
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Atria Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Keeper, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Pat Cannon My take was that Cushing was guilty but managed to cover his tracks. The events surrounding Foster made it easy for him to blame Foster for…moreMy take was that Cushing was guilty but managed to cover his tracks. The events surrounding Foster made it easy for him to blame Foster for everything. I'm guessing we haven't seen the last of Burt Cushing in this series.(less)

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
James Thane
May 02, 2015 James Thane rated it really liked it
I've long been a fan of John Lescroart's series featuring San Francisco lawyer Dismas Hardy and Homicide Inspector Abe Glitsky, and so it's always a treat to open a new book in the series. Glitsky has recently been forced to resign from his position as head of the Homicide department and is at loose ends. Feeling like he's too young to be retired, he's spending his days reading, watching television, and generally being bored as hell.

On the night before Thanksgiving, Hal Chase, who is a guard at
Patrice Hoffman
The Keeper is the latest by John Lescroart after last years phenomenal The Ophelia Cut. Let me just say this isn't The Ophelia Cut. There is no huge courtroom battle, no mountain of evidence against the defense, or really much of a performance from Dismas Hardy.

The Keeper begins with Hardy and his wife, Frannie, reading the morning paper and discussing the disappearance of Katie Chase. Katie is a client of Frannie's who was recently receiving counseling for her turbulent marriage.

The main suspe
Feb 14, 2014 Vlorini rated it it was amazing
His best yet.....thought I had it figures out three times and still he got me! What a great way to spend a rainy weekend.
Liz Barnsley
Apr 30, 2014 Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Publication Date: Available NOW from Headline.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via BookBridgr

Dismas Hardy takes on a case that’s very close to home.
When Hal Chase’s wife, Katie, goes missing and he becomes the prime suspect for her murder, he wants Dismas Hardy as his lawyer.
Hardy calls on former homicide detective Abe Glitsky to look into the case. Chase certainly had strong motives but as Glitsky delves deeper, he identifies other possible suspects and he also uncovers
Nov 21, 2013 Jan rated it really liked it
Gotta love this series. Abe Glitzky, now retired, takes an investigative job w/Dismas to determine who killed Hal Chases' wife. Hal, Dismas' client, is a guard at the San Francisco Jail where shady deals and unsolved deaths have occurred. Although I had a feeling who had done the deed, this was an enjoyable read.
Mike French
Jul 10, 2014 Mike French rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable read! Kept me up late because I couldn't put it down. This book confirms why I love the Dismas Hardy series.
Feb 19, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed First at Brunner's Bookshelf

It has almost been a year since I started blogging, and when I began I made sure to join Netgalley. I have gotten a lot of great books through them and have gone outside my comfort zone and found some authors I never would have tried otherwise. John Lescroart is one of those authors that I am glad to have found. I had never read his work before but had seen his name around the bookstore. The summary of his last book, The Ophelia Cut, sounded interesting, so I
Oct 03, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it
In his latest legal thriller, Lescroart offers up a great novel, which fans and newbies alike can praise. When Katie Chase goes missing, all eyes turn to her husband, Hal, as having something to do with the disappearance. Pre-empting what is sure to be a legal conundrum, Hal seeks the counsel of Dismas Hardy, renowned defence attorney in San Francisco. When SFPD begin circling like vultures and soon turn their Missing Persons case into a Homicide investigation, even before a body can be found, t ...more
Apr 16, 2014 Jen rated it it was amazing
My goodness, I've been reading John Lescroart's novels for a long time! The latest entry in his series about Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky is The Keeper, and I enjoyed it very much. (Especially since I was disappointed in the previous one, The Ophelia Cut, I was so glad to find that Lescroart can still keep me involved.)

Hal Chase is a guard at the city jail, his wife is missing, and when homicide detectives visit him, he decides it is time for a lawyer. Dismas Hardy is well aware that the circums
Mar 29, 2015 Ed rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Crime fiction or procedural fans
It's been a while since I picked up a Lescroart "Dismas Hardy" legal thriller and within the first 10 pages, I realized what I had been missing. There are many authors out there writing legal thrillers but none with the characterization skills of Lescroart. His plotting isn't bad either.

In this story the wife of a jail guard, Hal Chase, goes missing under puzzling circumstances. Katie Chase left her house and kids with no explanation which was entirely unlike her. As in most such cases the husba
May 22, 2014 Carol rated it liked it
I usually love Lescroart's Dismas Hardy series. However, this is not really a Dismas Hardy story, but really a story of Abe Glitsy, who has been retired for about 6 months when Hardy hires him as an investigator. Not much Dismas, and NO court room scenes at all in the entire book. How can it be called a legal thriller? The first half was slow, and actually a bit annoying because of the tired old plot premise that one of the main characters in the story must be the best suspect because the murder ...more
May 13, 2014 Bob rated it liked it
Dismas Hardy is called to represent a guard in the sheriff's department whose wife has been found murdered. There is not much evidence to go on, but the guards alibi is weak and the police and the DA are pretty sure he did it. Dismas hires Abe Glitsky, who has been betting bored in retirement, be his investigator for the case. Meanwhile there is something rotten in the Sherriff's Department and the DA is putting on a push to investigate and soon the two cases come together. A good read and anoth ...more
Lynn Demsky
Mar 12, 2014 Lynn Demsky rated it it was amazing
"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
Patricia Kurz
May 27, 2014 Patricia Kurz rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Typical for the series except this one uses Abe Glitsky more actively. There were moments in the book that I felt Abe was made to look doddering, and deserving of his forced retirement. He made a bunch of rookie mistakes and I sort of winced at his foolishness. And even in the big solve, where Abe stands front and center, I didn't feel it was genuine.

Hardy was barely in the book, which this time was fine; but I wouldn't call it a Dismas Hardy book by any stretch.

Now about the story. The story w
Apr 07, 2015 Richelle rated it really liked it
overall amazing book! great first experience with this author! I really enjoyed the adventure! kept me guessing the whole time! I had no idea who to blame .. I had suspicions, but even they changed from chapter to chapter lol
I really enjoyed the short chapters! makes reading so much more enjoyable in my opinion!

the only thing that kept this from getting a 5 was there were so many characters thrown at me all at once. mind you some
of that is my fault due to the fact that I did not
initially know t
Linda Munro
Mar 13, 2014 Linda Munro rated it it was amazing
Dismis Hardy gets a new client, Hal Chase, a prison guard who is suspected in his wife’s murder, even though the case is technically still on the missing person level. When his wife, Katie’s body is found, Hal is arrested. Hardy, whose wife has been seeing Katie professionally, hires now retired Abe Glitsky as a detective to locate other possible suspects.

When it is learned that Hal has been having an affair with his wife’s best friend and that a large insurance policy had been taken out on bot
Sep 22, 2014 Jeanie rated it it was amazing
I have been on a roll when it comes to thrillers. I really liked this. With a contrast of characters, it keeps you engaged and guessing on who done it. Dismas Hardy is asked to represent a jail guard Hal whose wife has gone missing. He has no reliable alibi and with his marriage on the rocks, he is not looking like a rose. Dismas brings a retired investigator Abe to uncover other suspects and ends up uncovering more than a murder. CSI and NCIS style you are left wondering if you should quit your ...more
Stacy Bearse
May 24, 2014 Stacy Bearse rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I have read this author for many years, following his likable group of San Francisco lawyers, cops, DAs and investigators. THE KEEPER is another outstanding novel from Lescroart, superbly plotted and rich in color. The story seems a bit rushed, however, lacking the deep character development we have come to expect from the author. Nevertheless, the pages fly by as the tale winds to a stunning conclusion. Read the story carefully and you will be rewarded: Clues to the surprising final chapters ar ...more
May 14, 2014 Valerie rated it it was amazing
As usual, John Lescroart has written another fantastic and interesting thriller. This one has to do with the disappearance of a young wife and mother while her husband was gone, picking his brother up at the airport. When her body is found five days later about two blocks from their home, the husband was arrested. What happens after that is a totally convoluted and really wild ride with all the suspects, other murders, etc. I absolutely enjoyed this book and would recommend it to all mystery fan ...more
Chris Birdy
Apr 01, 2016 Chris Birdy rated it it was amazing
This is another great story of justice, San Francisco style. A guard in the county jail retains Dismas Hardy fearing that he will be a suspect if his missing wife turns up dead. He is right. Hardy with his friend Abe Glitsky, who is unhappily retired from the police department. There are plots and sub-plots as the investigation uncovers a troubled marriage with infidelity on both parts and corruption in the Sheriff's Department who oversee the jail.
Mar 08, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
I have read other books in this series and this was among the best. John Lescroat knows this genre and does it well. The book held my attention all through it. His characters are developed well. The story is complex and well written. Hal Chase is a guard in the SF County Jail and the story is about his wife's disappearance. The detectives and investigators are all known to each other, but not working thogether. It was interesting to see how the author brought their stories to run together.
May 19, 2014 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Deserves 10 stars :* EXCELLENT suspense and kept teasing as to "who-done-it" !
Thought I had it figured out and then BLAM... another clue.
I really really hope this continues into a sequel featuring the ruthless "Cushing".
You won't want it to end!
Ann Peck
Jun 28, 2014 Ann Peck rated it really liked it
This is my first John Lescroart! Where have I been. I've got lots of catching up to do. Loved this book. Now I have to go back and read from the beginning.
May 25, 2015 L rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
While the story itself is perhaps overly complicated, it's filled with Lescroart's wonderful characters. The plot twists, and there are many, all work. This is a great read.
Jun 01, 2014 Jon rated it really liked it
Newest Dismas Hardy novel. It's a "Keeper". Sorry, too easy. Enjoyable book, fast read.

I really enjoyed this book, however, I missed the court room scene that is normally in his books :-(
I've long been a fan of John Lescroart's series featuring San Francisco lawyer Dismas Hardy and Homicide Inspector Abe Glitsky, and so it's always a treat to open a new book in the series. Glitsky has recently be
Eric Aubin
Nov 15, 2016 Eric Aubin rated it really liked it
Another fortunate quick pick coming from the local library. A well crafted "who done it" from a writer that was new to me. I liked the casual banter between the chief protagonists, the sub plots held up and the Perp remained a mystery to the end which is a rare thing all too often. This was #15 in the series so lots to catch up on.
Janice Workman
Feb 02, 2017 Janice Workman rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the read - fast, some-what unpredictable. Appreciated that I could read this book in the series without having read the others. I will be reading more of his.
Cheryl Turley
This book was very difficult to follow. It was not a book I would recommend. There is no continuity. The author jumps all over the place and talks about matters not related to the tasks at hand. I'll give this author one more try with another book but I'm not too hopeful. Probably it is just not my cup of tea as far as authors go. I like a flow when I'm reading. I like to understand what is going on when I'm reading. I like to be inspired when I'm reading. Nadda with this guy.
Charity Cole
Jan 03, 2017 Charity Cole rated it it was amazing
John Lescroart is fantastic. I love his mysteries. They are compelling and drive the reader on and on til the final twist is revealed.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Hostage Taker (Eve Rossi #1)
  • The Last Alibi (Jason Kolarich, #4)
  • One Under (Bill Slider, #18)
  • Light of the World (Dave Robicheaux, #20)
  • Devil's Bridge (Alexandra Cooper, #17)
  • Resistant (Dr. Lou Welcome, #3)
  • Remains of Innocence (Joanna Brady, #16)
  • Trader of Secrets (Paul Madriani, #12)
  • Killer Ambition (Rachel Knight, #3)
  • Perfect Alibi (Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Mystery, #7)
  • Airtight
  • The Next Victim (Kali O'Brien, #7)
  • Twice a Spy
  • Black Horizon (Jack Swyteck, #11)
  • Al-Thar
  • The Farm
  • House Rivals (Joe DeMarco, #10)
  • The Ripper Gene
John Lescroart (born January 14, 1948) is an American author best known for two series of legal and crime thriller novels featuring the characters Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky.

Lescroart was born in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Junípero Serra High School, San Mateo, California (Class of 1966). He then went on to earn a B.A. in English with Honors at UC Berkeley in 1970. In addition to his nov
More about John Lescroart...

Other Books in the Series

Dismas Hardy (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Dead Irish (Dismas Hardy, #1)
  • The Vig (Dismas Hardy, #2)
  • Hard Evidence (Dismas Hardy, #3)
  • The 13th Juror (Dismas Hardy, #4)
  • The Mercy Rule (Dismas Hardy, #5)
  • Nothing but the Truth (Dismas Hardy, #6)
  • The Hearing (Dismas Hardy #7)
  • The Oath (Dismas Hardy, #8)
  • The First Law (Dismas Hardy #9)
  • The Second Chair (Dismas Hardy #10)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“entry from three years ago, gave her tag as WineBitch and” 0 likes
“He thought that he was a human being with rights, when in fact he was just another animal in the zoo.” 0 likes
More quotes…