Monday, January 16, 2012

The Hunter by John Lescroart

Wyatt Hunt is a private investigator.  He has plenty of work, a good group of employees, and a nice place to live.  So he sure didn't want to see a text message come through from an anonymous sender with only these words:  How did your mother die?

The Dutton/Penguin group sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It was published the first of January and the author is doing book tours now.  Watch for your chance to get the book signed by him.  Check with your local bookstore to get a copy.

Mr. Lescroart has created a very unique character in Wyatt.   Wyatt was adopted, knows nothing about his birth family, and didn't really care.  His life is fine, they didn't want him, why worry about it?  However, that text message begins to make him wonder.  And, since he's a private investigator, what do they do when they get curious?  They investigate...

His first discovery is that his mother was murdered.  He can't remember anything about it, but he feels like he should.  It was forty years ago.  His father was accused of the murder, but insisted he didn't do it.  Then he disappeared four years after the murder.  And now more people start to die...

This is a complex stories, with lots of odd continuities and circumstances tied to the central tale.  It's a well thought out mystery with a real emotional roller coaster for Wyatt.  He finds he does remember some of it, but not enough to help.  Wyatt was always in control; he cannot control this.

The strong story line will keep you reading.  And when you reach the end, there's still one little thread loose.  I think that thread might lead to the next book in this series.  We'll just have to wait and see, won't we?

Happy reading.

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