An exciting heir to the classic detective novel. Kirkus Reviews
Former Army Ranger and thief Van Shaw is thrust into danger as lethal and unpredictable as the war he left behind in this emotionally powerful and gritty follow-up to Glen Erik Hamilton s acclaimed debut Past CrimesWill Willard, a past accomplice of Van Shaw s late grandfather, was there for the old thief during his last days. Now Willard fears another loss when his niece, Elana, goes missing. She s only been gone a few days, he tells Van, off for a quick getaway in the woods of the Olympic Mountains but Willard has a bad feeling. Van and Elana were close friends back in high school, and though he hasn t seen her in many years, Van is struck by Willard s concern and hopes to put their fears to rest. Besides, Van hasn t landed a decent job since he left the Army, and he can use the money Willard is offering for his trouble.
But instead of a happy reunion, the former Ranger discovers a grisly scene. Elana is dead murdered with her boyfriend, Kendrick Haymes, who happens to be the heir of one of Seattle s most influential families. Even though finding out why she died won t bring Elana back, Van needs to learn the truth.
The two dead bodies are only the start of the trouble. The bloody crime scene reawakens the nightmares Van has worked to control. Then, a fellow Ranger from Afghanistan turns up, looking for help from his former sergeant, even as Van wrestles with his own reemerging symptoms of PTSD. As Van races to find answers and stay one step ahead of the cops, his investigation leads to heavy pressure, with a billionaire businessman on one side and vicious gangsters on the other and both sides are willing to play dirty to get what they want.
The price of unearthing dark secrets may be too high, demanding moral compromises that could destroy Van s relationship with his iron-willed girlfriend, Luce. And when a trusted friend s betrayal pushes him to the edge, Van has to enlist help from some unexpected places including someone he believed was lost forever.
The former Ranger will need every ally he can get, because a powerful, unseen player is about to unleash a firestorm on Seattle that will burn Van and his people to ashes and it will take a miracle to stop it.
Electrifying Praise for Hard Cold Winter
Glen Erik Hamilton s hero is tough, clever, funny, and just edgy enough to make his exploits compulsively readable. Throw in great pacing and noir Seattle atmosphere and you have a stand-out thriller.
If you like Lee Child s Jack Reacher, you will absolutely love Van Shaw. Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of To Dwell in Darkness
Glen Erik Hamilton writes taut, hard-edged thrillers that I simply can t put down. Tight prose. Intriguing characters. Here is some fantastic storytelling you don t want to miss. Steven James, national bestselling author of Checkmate and Every Crooked Path
Praise for Past Crimes
Fans of action-filled mysteries should get to know Van Shaw right now and plan to be following his exploits for quite some time. Cedar Rapids Gazette
A debut novel from a gifted writer with a sure hand. As much fun to read as Lee Child s Jack Reacher. J. A. Jance
Hamilton s accomplished debut introduces Van Shaw, an Army Ranger who returns home to Seattle after ten years. . . . Hamilton details Shaw s upbringing in sharply honed flashbacks and surrounds him with a cast of intriguing characters on both sides of the law. Readers will be eager to see more of this tough, clever hero. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Glen Erik Hamilton has crafted a compelling new hero in Van Shaw, an Army Ranger with a dark streak who operates in the spaces between shadow and light. Past Crimes is a zipline ride of a thriller, plummeting through the back alleys of Seattle where murder and intrigue reign supreme and the undead past lurks around the next wrong turn. Buckle in and hang on Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling au