Hard Cold Winter
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 the acclaimed Past Crimes.When an old crony of Van Shaw's late grandfather calls in a favor, the recently-discharged Ranger embarks on a dangerous journey to the Olympic Mountains, in search of a missing girl tied to Van's own criminal past. What he finds instead is a brutal murder scene, including a victim from one of Seattle's most influential families.But the dead bodies are only the start of Van's troubles. A fellow Ranger from Afghanistan turns up at Van's doorstep, seeking support from his former sergeant even as Van wrestles with his own reemerging symptoms of PTSD. The murder investigation leads to heavy pressure, with a billionaire businessman on one side and vicious gangsters on the other, each willing to play dirty to get what they want.The price of his survival 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 Ranger will need every ally he can get. 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.st 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 PathPraise 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 author
- 2016 Glen Erik Hamilton
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