For those of you who read John's books, you know who Dismas and Abe are. For the rest of you, suffice it to say that Dismas is a defense attorney, and Abe is a retired San Francisco police officer, and the action takes place in SF. They have had many cases/adventures together. The Keeper is the latest. The plot is not very important. It's like telling you the plot for a Jack Reacher novel; or a Gabriel Allon novel (a review of Daniel Silva's latest will be coming to a blog near you soon). The premise doesn't matter. It's just the interplay between the main characters and how they go about solving a murder.
Did I enjoy The Keeper, after all this time in between? Absolutely. Does it matter that I missed books 3-24? Not really. In fact, when I first came across their names, it felt like it was only yesterday since my last Hardy/Glitsky book. I think that's about the highest compliment I can give.
Every once in a while, I like to bullet point what I like about a book/series. I'm going to do it again now.
1. Abe, who is the product of a black woman and a caucasian rabbi(!), is very funny. And I do appreciate humor. I like Dismas, but I love Abe.
2. It's a very well-conceived plot.
3. There's a lot of dialogue. Books that have at least a fair amount of dialogue definitely move faster for me. Being the deep thinker that I am, too many long paragraphs can lose me.
4. I was completely fooled about whodunit. We know I'm not the greatest figure-it-outer in the world (or even in my own home), but I'm not normally THIS clueless.
5. Even before the denouement (big French word - I guess I'm pretty cultured, non?), I had some revelatory moments. My 1st "uh oh" was on page 156. My 1st "aha" was on page 164. And on page 250, I did a little reevaluation of my entire thought process.
Brad Thor, himself an accomplished writer, wrote: "Smart, riveting, and utterly compelling...hands down the best legal thriller I have read in years and a perfect case study for why readers love the brilliant John Lescroart."
And the Associated Press said: "A tense and intricate tale...Lescroart is a master of legal suspense."
I will add: "Get it and read it. You will enjoy it." (I guess I didnt' really need the quotes, did I?)
SOUTHBAY APPEARANCE: John Lescroart will be coming to Village House of Books #2 on Wednesday, November 12, at 7:00. If you get a chance, come see him. He's not only a good writer, he's also a good guy. That's a great combination in my book.