The Hunter by John Lescroart


11 Critic Reviews

Lescroart wins on all is grand mystery writing.
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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:

“How did your mother die?”

The answer is murder, and Hunt takes on a case he never knew existed, unsolved for decades. His family’s dark past unfurls in dead ends. Child Protection Services, who suspected 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 is this person connected to Hunt? Time is running out. Insisting the murderer is out there, the texter refuses to be identified. But as the case escalates, so does the threat—for the killer has a secret that will go to the grave…


About John Lescroart

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John Lescroart is the author of twenty-three previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Damage, Treasure Hunt, and The 13th Juror. He lives in Northern California. M.J. Rose is the international bestselling author of twelve novels, one of which (The Reincarnationist) was the basis of the television series Past Lives. She is a founding board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Published January 3, 2012 by Signet. 398 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Jan 22 2012
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Critic reviews for The Hunter
All: 11 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 3


Below average
on Jan 03 2012

Most readers will see ahead of Hunt where this is all headed. Nor will many of them consider the substitution of the hero’s back story for Lescroart’s customary sociological probe of San Francisco improvement.

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Publishers Weekly

on Nov 21 2011

This book succeeds on every level—as a mystery, as a thriller, and as an exploration of its appealing hero.

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Blog Critics

on Mar 01 2012

Lescroart wins on all is grand mystery writing.

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Book Reporter

on Jan 06 2012

THE HUNTER presents a side of Wyatt Hunt that readers have not seen before and are unlikely to see again. There is a vulnerable element to his persona that is both surprising and touching.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
on Jan 03 2012

... includes some rather annoying plot clichés...there is Hunt’s heavy reliance on the previously mentioned well-placed collection of sources, a technique that has been used so often it has become expected.

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Booklist Online

on Nov 15 2011

Lescroart is a consistent crime-fiction A-lister, and the growth of the Hunt series will further solidfy his status.

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Huffington Post

on Jan 23 2012

It is a treat for any reader, and for devoted fans of Lescroart's writing skills it is extraordinary.

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City Book Review

Above average
on Apr 18 2012

The novel could have been stronger if Lescroart had capitalized on the great opening sequences to build tension and suspense...

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Lincoln Journal Star

on Jan 10 2012

Lescroart continues to write thrillers that hit it out of the park. Hunt is a great character, and the personal insight into what makes him tick makes "The Hunter" not only the best Wyatt Hunt novel yet, but also one of Lescroart's best.

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on Jan 25 2012

The Hunter is a taut, thrilling, complex and fascinating mystery...

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on Jun 21 2012

Clever, well-constructed and gripping form first page to last...a hugely entertaining read.

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