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The keeper
2014
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When one of his counselor wife's clients suspiciously disappears and the woman's husband, a San Francisco jail guard, is accused of her murder, lawyer Dismas Hardy examines possible suspects before discovering evidence of the corruption-related death of an inmate. (suspense). Simultaneous. - (Baker & Taylor)

When one of his counselor wife's clients suspiciously disappears and the woman's husband, a San Francisco jail guard, is accused of her murder, lawyer Dismas Hardy examines possible suspects before discovering evidence of the corruption-related death of an inmate. - (Baker & Taylor)

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In the latest Dismas Hardy legal thriller, a missing-persons case gets very complicated, very fast. Hal Chase is a guard at the San Francisco County Jail; one night, while he's out at the airport picking up a relative, his wife, Katie, disappears from their home. Hal is soon picked up by police as the prime suspect. Because Katie was a client of Hardy's marriage-counselor wife, Hal wants Dismas to take his case. Hardy asks his old pal, former homicide cop Abe Glitsky, to pitch in with the investigative legwork. Glitsky soon uncovers some serious holes in Hal Chase's story—his alibi, for instance, is very shaky—and when Katie's body is found, and her husband is arrested for the murder, Dismas wonders if he could possibly be defending a guilty man, while Glitsky wonders if he'll come out of this case alive. Lescroart has occupied a chair at the head table of the legal-thriller society for quite awhile, and this smartly plotted, sharply written novel will do nothing to dislodge him from that lofty perch. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The return of Lescroart's two most popular characters ensures mega-interest for an author whose books have sold 10 million copies and been translated into 22 languages across 75 countries. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

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