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The Keeper (Dismas Hardy #15)

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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, 320 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Atria Books
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James Thane
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
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 Wilkins
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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
Apr 08, 2015 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
Very enjoyable read! Kept me up late because I couldn't put it down. This book confirms why I love the Dismas Hardy series.
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
Patricia Kurz
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
Lynn Demsky
"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
Stacy Bearse
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
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
Linda Munro
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
May 30, 2015 L rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
Ann Peck
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.
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!
Newest Dismas Hardy novel. It's a "Keeper". Sorry, too easy. Enjoyable book, fast read.
As a contemporary mystery, The Keeper does a nice job of keeping the reader in the dark, even though they might feel they figured it out, or that the author is keeping everything straightforward. Don't worry, he's not. There are just enough twists and turns to make Jeffery Deaver smile. It's a smoke-and-mirrors job for sure.

What I like most is the author's liberal use of dialogue. Nothing is more entertaining in a mystery novel than trying to pick apart a conversation between the good guy and th
Joseph M. O'Connor
Pretty good yarn.

How DO you pronounce that name? Tom Stienstra, the Outdoors editor/columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, a gentleman who just loves to drop names, mentioned some time ago that he and John Lescroart get together and go fishing every year or so to compare new ways in which their names are mis-pronounced. And so it ever will be!

Be that as it may, Lescroart can write a good legal/cop/procedural yarn. He's been doing it for decades, and he's trying it again with The Keeper. Emph
I have always been a big fan of Lescroart's, and have recommended him to many other readers, but I feel like in some respects he wrote himself into a corner, and is now trying to write himself out of it, with varied success. In his usual San Francisco law-and-order setting, prosecutors have become defense attorneys and vice versa, cops are forcibly retired and become private investigators--all well and good to shake things up so they don't get stale, but if you have set up specific character tra ...more
I'm a big fan of this series starring SF lawyer Dismas Hardy and now ex-SFPD head of homicide Abe Glitzky, but this isn't the best. (Hmm which one is? I think you need to start much earlier in the series, perhaps at the beginning to appreciate the characters and Lescroart's storytelling.) Here we find Glitzky, pushed out of his position and bored in his retirement, so Hardy calls him in to investigate for him, free lance. The case starts out simply: a man's wife disappears and when the body is f ...more
Perry Martin
John Lescroart's newest thriller, Narrated by David Colacci is another great book including Lescroart's main characters Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky.

Glitsky is now a retired inspector who is helping his friend and Defense Attorney Dismas Hardy with the investigation of the Disappearanceof a clients wife. While the DA wants to D charge the husband with murder Abe has other ideas.

When the investigation seems to overlap with a string of inmate deaths at the County Jail the mystery rises to a level
Mixed review on this one.

Good story plot allowing reader to try to ascertain, from a multitude of suspects, who the real suspect is. Also effuse with realistic dialogue.

In spite of all of the above, book lacks the heavy drama it takes to keep the reader turning pages into the wee hours. Needs more situations or incidents to hold the reader's interest. Because of this, it took me 3x as long to finish this book as it normally takes me to finish a novel - too many opportunities to temporarily set t
Book Addict Shaun
Legal thrillers are something I've wanted to read more of for a long time. There's just something about the courtroom that fascinates me, and John Lescroart's books have been on my tbr for a while along with most of Grisham's (apart from the few that I've read). I did jury service just over a year ago and this just heightened my interest in the genre even further. So when I saw this book on bookbridgr I didn't hesitate in requesting a review copy. I am now going to be seeking out more books fro ...more
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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
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