A crime 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 to home because Katie had been seeing Hardy’s wife, a marriage counselor. By this time, the original Missing Persons case has become a suspected homicide, and Hal is the prime suspect. And the lawyer he wants for his defense is none other than Hardy himself.
I enjoyed this book, even though Dismas Hardy played a secondary role to Abe Glitsky. I like Lescroart’s writing style, and I wish more crime writers followed his lead. I found the story intriguing and plausible, although one clue revealed early on pretty much narrowed down the suspects. Still, the plot had enough originality to keep me guessing as to the outcome, which has enough of a twist to keep it from being formulaic.
I met John at the La Jolla Writers Conference a few years back, and he has become one of my favorite authors.