Prison guard Hal Chase’s wife, Katie, goes missing from their home, and he becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. Worse, there is blood that matches hers at the scene and the cops believe she’s been murdered. Spooked, Chase hires Dismas Hardy as his lawyer.
Hardy calls on former homicide detective Abe Glitsky to investigate.
Chase and Katie had a complicated marriage. He certainly had motive to want her out of his life, but it soon becomes clear that others may have wanted her out of the way as well. As Glitsky delves deeper, many details about the case seem off to him, including the death of an inmate in the jail where Chase used to work.
Driven to understand what’s going on, Glitsky closes in on the truth, but as the death count rises he realises that the next victim could be him…..
For me, no one can touch John Grisham with a legal thriller but this one comes pretty damn close!
This is Lescroart’s 15th novel in the Dismas Hardy series but I felt this could easily be read as a standalone; the real star of this novel is his investigator Abe Glitsky. Other characters appear in this novel that have been in previous but I didn’t feel that I couldn’t follow because of not having read any earlier ones. Each character is introduced in their own right – regular readers of this series might actually find that repetitive but as a new fan it worked for me.
There’s not as much actual court room drama as I like but it’s still fast paced with good old fashioned detective work and has so many twists and turns, red herrings, goodies and baddies that will make you second guess everything you read.
The main suspect, Hal, at the beginning I felt quite sorry for him, totally saw him as a victim as well but as the story progresses I found myself really disliking him and the fact that it all seems to end in his favour.
I’ve read so many detective and mystery novels that I should be able to spot whoduunit a mile off but I never do and this one really threw me, I hadn’t got a clue (even though they were there) and just didn’t see that ending coming – I’m so naive!
A gripping novel from start to finish that I would totally recommend to fans of legal thrillers. So much so, that I’m tempted to go back to the beginning and find out how it all started!
Thanks to the publishers Headline / Bookbridgr for sending me a copy for review.
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