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The Hunter

A Novel

by John Lescroart

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The Hunter by John Lescroart
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  • Published Jan 2012
    400 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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Raised by loving adoptive parents, San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt never had an interest in finding his birth family - until he gets a chilling text message from an unknown number: "How did ur mother die?"

The answer is murder, and urged on by curiosity and the mysterious texter, Hunt takes on a case he never knew existed, one that has lain unsolved for decades. His family's dark past unfurls in dead ends. Child Protective Services, who suspected but could never prove that Hunt was being neglected, is uninformed; his birth father, twice tried but never convicted of the murder, is in hiding; Evie, his mother's drug-addicted religious fanatic of a friend, is untraceable. And who is the texter, and how are they connected to Hunt?

Yet in the present, time is running out. The texter, who insists the killer is out there, refuses to be identified. The cat-and-mouse game leads Hunt across the country and eventually to places far more exotic - and far more dangerous. As the chase escalates, so does the threat, for the killer has a secret that can only be trusted to the grave. Thriller master John Lescroart weaves a shocking, suspenseful tale about the skeletons inside family closets... and the mortal danger outside the front door.

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"Starred Review. This book succeeds on every level - as a mystery, as a thriller, and as an exploration of its appealing hero." - Publishers Weekly

"Most readers will see ahead of Hunt where this is all headed." - Kirkus Reviews

"Readers who enjoyed the first two Hunt novels will definitely want to read this one, and Lescroart fans who found those books a bit on the thin side will change their tune this time." - Booklist

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John Lescroart Author Biography

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John Lescroart is the author of twenty-nine novels (his thirtieth, The Missing Piece, will be published by Atria in March of 2022), nineteen of which have been New York Times Bestsellers. Libraries Unlimited has named John among "The 100 Most Popular Thriller and Suspense Authors." With sales of over twelve million copies, his books have been translated into twenty-two languages in more than seventy-five countries, and his short stories appear in many anthologies. His short story "The Adventure of the Giant Rat of Sumatra" was selected for the 1998 edition of Houghton Mifflin's The Best American Mystery Stories, edited by Sue Grafton. Additionally, his short story "Dunkirk" appeared in the 2015 Anthony and Silver Falchion Award winning anthology, In the Company of Sherlock Holmes.

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