I dove into this book. It started out great, a thrilling page-turner. I gradually lost interest in the story after the first half. Some of the characters were interesting, some bored me. The plot twists were not at all surprising and I found myself skimming through much of the book toward the end. I had no doubts about the innocence of the accused. Was I supposed to think she was guilty? The story line focused on whether or not she was guilty, and it shouldn't have in my opinion. This book was mildly entertaining, the second half very disappointing, the ending too abrupt. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for another whodunit. I've definitely read better. This was my first book by John Lescraort. I'll give him another try sometime.
I really liked this book! The Hunt Club is a diversified group that came together as an investigation agency after Wyatt Hunt was forced from his job. His job of helping children in peril was very gratifying for him, but when he had to make the decision to leave the state agency, he started the Hunt Club, and in this book, they are after the killer of a well known federal judge and his mistress.
The Hunt Club-- sometimes it takes unorthodox actions to catch the bad guys!!Very good.one of his best
Lescroat at his best! A definite page turner.
Excellent tale of murder, missing suspects and lots of twists to the tale. I couldn't put the book down. Not a police procedural per se which is this author's usual type book. Great read and surprises galore.
Action packed and fun to read. Set up nicely for "Hunt Club" series.
Quick read, very fun. The ending is a little disappointing but I loved the characters.
What can I say? Lescroart doesn't write bad books. This timie, Dismas is not central to the story, but it is still San Francisco, and you'll feel at home, as a different group of good guys go after the bad, rich guys.
This is the newest of Lescroart's crime dramas. Good characters and fast moving. Couldn't put it down....
I think Lescroart is going starting a new character series and this is the first book. Wyatt Hunt starts his own PI firm. This book lays the foundation for future books.
Just what you would expect from this author - another fast page turning, excellent read. The Hunt Club really take Lescroart to the next level
Good read... Started slow and a little confusing, he uses first names, then last names, had to go back to see who was who. Once it got going it zipped by couldn't put it down, glad I stuck with it.
One of the main reasons I love John Lescroarts books is the sparkling repartee between characters. Wyatt Hunt and Devin Juhle have a great time giving each other digs and barbs; it reminds the reader that these are just plain guys who are doing difficult things.
Because I find Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky to be such attractive men, it was difficult to transfer my interest in a new character. However, Lescroart is a master of the series and he uses two secondary characters to help us make the transition: Amy Wu and Wes Farrell. Wes is the king of amazing t-shirt slogans; where does he get all those zingers?
Another thing I love about Lescroarts books is the use of a city (San Francisco) as a backdrop and canvas upon which the characters and action move. Is there a city as politicized as San Francisco? The author has an understanding of the complexity of the citizens attitudes, as well as the politics that have a strong influence on how San Francisco operates.
As usual, Lescroart creates a fascinating back story for Wyatt Hunt. After just a couple of chapters, I felt I understood what made Wyatt tick; the author has the knack for explaining character in just a few hundred words.
A federal judge and his paramour are found shot in the judges home. This judge is leaning on one of the most powerful unions in California, is that the reason hes been killed? Why kill his girl friend?
Theres a point where the story seems to lose its focus and just meander. Of course, Lescroart spends time setting up this new story line; obviously Wyatt will be a help to Dismas Hardys law office in the future. However, the action in this story gets lost for a time.
My problem with this series is that Wyatt isnt Dismas Hardy or Abe Glitsky. Although the author has created an interesting character in Wyatt, he lacks the gut-wrenching back story of Dismas or the difficult present life of Abe.
This is a hard cover book. This is not one of his best but I love his books.
The plot of this book is gripping. It is quite a surprise ending and I'm sure that enthusiasts of police procedurals will enjoy this immensely.
I am a huge John Lescroart fan. The Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky series has been a joy to read and it was with some curiosity that I awaited the release of The Hunt Club. This was to be a departure from the past and I was hoping it would measure up.
Dismas Hardy makes a few cameo appearances in this novel, but this story as about a new character, Wyatt Hunt, PI. Still set in San Francisco, Hunt becomes involved in the murder of a federal judge and his mistress and the disappearance of a television personality... The beginning of the novel is promising and it is not long before you find yourself immersed in the intrigue however, for far too long, the story is allowed to meander without apparent purpose until as the end comes into sight, Lescroart finds his feet again and puts some very interesting finishing touches to it.
This is a novel that does not beg for or even promise a sequel. It can easily be a stand alone book and if there are no further adventures of Wyatt Hunt, that will be alright with me. Hopefully, if Mr. Hunt is to have some longevity in future novels, the author will find something about him to make him relevant to those of us who admire his writing.
Probably one of the best of the Wyatt Hunt books
The heroes of Lescroart's popular Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky series (The Second Chair; etc.) have reached the point where age and professional success keep them from the gritty street-level investigations that made their adventures so good. While promising that he hasn't abandoned the duo, Lescroart keeps the action high by inaugurating a new San Francisco series, starring private investigator Wyatt Hunt and homicide detective Devin Juhle. Longtime Lescroart fans can relax: these pals are at least as interesting and enterprising as Hardy/Glitsky. Hunt's eccentric pack of friends and associates (aka the loose organization known as the Hunt Club) are investigating the murder of a federal judge and his young girlfriend. What would normally be a job for the police becomes personal after Hunt's love interest, who has connections to the judge, goes missing. Both Hunt and Juhle have appropriately troubled pasts: Hunt was forced out of a career as a child protective services officer, and Juhle is trying to live down a shoot-out that killed his last partner. As a PI, Hunt is free to detect in unorthodox and entertaining ways, while Juhle brings to bear the technical and logistic resources of official law enforcement. Most readers will agree that it's a great combination, both on the job and on the page.
From Publishers Weekly: "The heroes of Lescroart's popular Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky series (The Second Chair; etc.) have reached the point where age and professional success keep them from the gritty street-level investigations that made their adventures so good. While promising that he hasn't abandoned the duo, Lescroart keeps the action high by inaugurating a new San Francisco series, starring private investigator Wyatt Hunt and homicide detective Devin Juhle. Longtime Lescroart fans can relax: these pals are at least as interesting and enterprising as Hardy/Glitsky. Hunt's eccentric pack of friends and associates (aka the loose organization known as the Hunt Club) are investigating the murder of a federal judge and his young girlfriend. What would normally be a job for the police becomes personal after Hunt's love interest, who has connections to the judge, goes missing. Both Hunt and Juhle have appropriately troubled pasts: Hunt was forced out of a career as a child protective services officer, and Juhle is trying to live down a shoot-out that killed his last partner. As a PI, Hunt is free to detect in unorthodox and entertaining ways, while Juhle brings to bear the technical and logistic resources of official law enforcement. Most readers will agree that it's a great combination, both on the job and on the page." Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.
"At first the Hunt Club had a membership of one; Private Investigator Wyatt Hunt. Then others joined, both on and off the payroll...." I couldn't put it down.
Lescroart is always good and this one is great!
Super story with wild plot twist at end.
A GREAT FAST PACED READ,THE NEW HERO IS GREAT HOPE WE HEAR MORE ABOUT HIM .A MUST READ
Another great John Lescroart book. New main characters that are just as interesting and Dismas and Abe. I've read every one of his books and enjoyed them all.
From the writer of the Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky books - the author develops a new character - Wyatt Hunt, a child services worker turned PI. Great read - suspenseful and well crafted. You won't be disappointed.
This was a fun book. There were engaging characters (although there were enough secondary characters for things to get a little confusing) and an interesting plot. Lescroart did a great job building suspense without resorting to anything particularly gory/heinous/extreme. I'd definitely read more from Lescroart.
A great book. Seemed to start a little slow as the characters are introduced but picks up speed and readability quickly. Didn't want to put it down as the story developed.
John Lescroat always spins a good tale. Has added some new fun characters, but stories still take place in San Francisco. It's always fun to read about places I've visited or eaten at while visiting there.
I really enjoyed this book and hope you will also.
At first, The Hunt Club had a membership of one; private investigator Wyatt Hunt. Since then, members have joined both on and off the official payroll. Their common interest is obstructing justice one way or another. But they don't mind having a little fun along the way, and thats exactly what they're doing one late spring night at a San Francisco bar...
One of them is missing the festivities though. Homicide inspector Devin Juhle has just caught a major case: the shooting death of a 63 year old federal judge and his twentysomething mistress. While Juhle works, Hunt plays hooking up with TV star and legal analyst Andrea Parisi-once he escorts her safely home and sobers her up that is.
The Hunt Club compreises members boh on and off the official payroll. Their common interest is obtaining justice, one way or another.
This was good. This new character is alsmost as good as Dismas Hardy who also appears briefly in this book. A lot of the same characters turn up in this book as in the Dismas Hardy books. If you are a fan of Lescroart, he's just doing a "spin-off" for a new series
Fun read. Lots of action, humor, and even a little romance. This is the first book from this author that I have read, and I will definitely look for others.
I would certainly select another book by Lescroart; I definitely enjoyed this one.
Absolutely great. I couldn't put it down and was sorry to see it end. I certainly hope this is the start if a new series. Wyatt Hunt is a likable PI, not afraid to push the envelope, but it will keep you interested. I figured out the killer too soon, so I wasn't surprised at the ending, but it didn't hurt my enjoyment of the book. Highly recommend.
I thought John Lescroart could not have better characters than Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky. I was wrong. Great characters (again) and a great book!
This book is great, enough twists and turns to keep you guessing all the way through. Recommend it to all
Another great book by Lescroart.
This is my first John Lescroart book and I was not impressed. Whereas the storyline was good and the characters were well developed, the book centered around the characters more than the crime(s) and the solving of them. I found myself wanting to fast forward through the CDs just to get to the "point" of the story. Perhaps I should have gone with the "abridged" version instead. The ending of the story was good, with a twist thrown in, but once again, the author had to muddy up the storyline and ending by adding more character non-related interaction. Needless to say, once the criminal(s) had been dealth with, and the inconsenquential story continued, I popped the last CD out and considered the story done. I probably won't read another Lescroart story, but if you like more of the novel-type who-done-its, this one will be right up your alley.