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John Lescroart has been doing this now for almost thirty years, and IMHO he is still one truly fine, readable author. And David Colacci has become the only person I could imagine doing these books, rather like the comment others have made that George Guidall is Walt Longmire. This book does have too many murders, I will acknowledge, and it is really not plausible that that many of them could have happened in the San Francisco County jail. Usually Mr. Lescroart strives for and achieves better credibility than he does here. However, other reviewers have claimed that they knew quite early whodunit. Not me. Not until the last few minutes, when it becomes truly obvious that the culprit was ??? Do not call me a spoiler. The book starts with the killing of Katie Chase, the wife of a guard at the jail, Hal Chase. Hal is charged with her murder, and that is where both Diz and Abe get involved. As I have said before, I have worked in this setting for almost forty years now, and I feel like I would know both Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky if I met them on the street. Lescroart is so good at this that they are full-bodied, flesh and blood people to me. I have been there for the raising of their children, all the way through what seems to be coming, which is the retirement of both of them. That may not happen, as then what would they do? IDK. So in all likelihood he will keep spinning new yarns that will, frankly, be enough fun for me to read that I will buy them as soon as the books come out. I will admit that I bought both the audiobook and the written e-book of The Keeper, perhaps because I am at the age now where I am forgetting a good deal of what I have done and not done.
In any case, I digress. This book is still a good whodunit, and once again a truly accurate description of the city of San Francisco in all of its contradictory, confusing and glorious aspects. Only Mr. Lescroart has been able to nail the place so vividly, such that I can't imagine another author trying it. Lots of them do LA, so to speak, and they do a fine job of that. Robert Crais, to mention one of the best. But Mr. Lescroart has a fan for life in me. I am in his thrall. It's not that he can do no wrong, but it would have to be a really lousy book, and that seems unimaginable. So, enjoy! Fun is its own justification.
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This is classic Lescroart. It's set in San Francisco - probably a San Francisco of yesterday but he describes a crazy place I knew and liked. He's not a lawyer but he gets the procedural stuff and the sense of criminal law practice as well as anyone in the writing business. Dismas and Fran are getting older and in a way, they are both getting cooler.
David Colacci is, of course, the voice of the series and does for Lescroart what Richard Ferrone has done for the Prey Series.
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