A favor for a dying ex con turns into a violent battle against a mysterious enemy for Van Shaw in this emotionally powerful and gritty thriller from the award winning author of Past Crimes and Hard Cold Winter It sounds like a thief s dream to Van Shaw A terminally ill ex con tells him of an easy fortune in gold, abandoned and nearly forgotten after its original owner dieA favor for a dying ex con turns into a violent battle against a mysterious enemy for Van Shaw in this emotionally powerful and gritty thriller from the award winning author of Past Crimes and Hard Cold Winter It sounds like a thief s dream to Van Shaw A terminally ill ex con tells him of an easy fortune in gold, abandoned and nearly forgotten after its original owner died in prison For the dying man, the money is a legacy to ensure his pre teen daughter s future For Van, the gold is cash he desperately needs to rebuild his destroyed family home The grandson of a career criminal who taught him all the tricks of his trade, Van suspects that nothing is ever that easy Sure enough, the safe holding the fortune is a trap set by a mysterious player armed with tremendous resources and a lifetime of hatred Now, Shaw s partner is in the clutches of the hunters, and the former Army Ranger may be their next prey But when the ex con s innocent daughter is threatened too, Van s own hard childhood means he can t let her come to harm To discover who has them in the cross hairs, Shaw must seek out the hunters real prey His quest leads him from an underground bare knuckle fighting ring, which may be fronting a darker purpose, to a massive pop culture convention, where Van and his allies, Hollis and Corcoran, play a dangerous game with foes on every side It also introduces Van to a brash and beautiful aspiring journalist
Every Day Above Ground A favor for a dying ex con turns into a violent battle against a mysterious enemy for Van Shaw in this emotionally powerful and gritty thriller from the award winning author of Past Crimes and Hard Co
Van Shaw is an ex Army Ranger and the grandson of a career criminal who taught him all the tricks of the trade But Shaw is trying to stay on the straight and narrow these days He s working a part time job and attempting to rebuild the family home in Seattle Money is tight, though taxes are due, and Shaw is in danger of losing the house to the tax collector before he can even finish rebuilding it.Given these circumstances, Shaw is especially vulnerable when a terminally ill ex con, fresh out of t [...]
Discovering this author has been one of my highlights of the past few years Thanks to best of books lists, I read Past Crimes and was hooked Van Shaw is a wonderful creation, a former army ranger and the grandson of a safe cracker, he struggles to stay on the right side of the law.When one of his grandfathers old prison buddies contacts him straight from his prison release, needing help to open a safe containing gold bars, Van decides to help His house has burned down and he is struggling with t [...]
4.25 Stars I really enjoy this series Van Shaw learned how to pick locks, crack safes and engage in high end thievery as a child from his grandfather and ultimate guardian Each book so far has flashbacks to Van s childhood and relationship with his grandfather that sets the tone for who Van is In addition to the flashbacks in this case, Van gets involved in a heist of 4 million in gold bars with another thief, O Hasson, who was recently released from prison and came looking for Van s grandfather [...]
Hamilton is now one of my favorite authors Not only does he place his stories in one of my favorite cities, but he has developed one of the most interesting characters in modern day fiction in Van Shaw We learn a lot about him in this 3rd book in the series The plot was far intricate than in the earlier books, showing Hamilton s progress as a writer Other reviewers are critical of this, but I like books which are demanding of me as a reader I can hardly wait for the next installment.I was luc [...]
A disappointing follow up to Past Crimes, this crime novel set in Seattle suffers from a confused plot with implausible characters and situations.
I love this series, Van Shaw is an awesome character read all 3 of these books in December and can t wait for 4 to come out Quick read, very entertaining.
Great book, exciting story, love the main character and a couple of new ones that were added to this book The character may be headed in a new direction, and I m thrilled.
Again, a wonderful read Nail biting action, heart, humor and views of the past Can t wait for the next in the series.
Van Shaw just wants to finish rebuilding his family home, recently razed in a fire He s running out of money, putting the project on hold, when an old pal of his grandfather appears with a sure fire, get rich quick scheme that Van knows is much complicated and shady than the old man lets on Before he realizes it, Van is involved with a variety of warring factions, each wanting to do him bodily harm unless and even if he helps them achieve their own ends Van was trained in the military to be obs [...]
Seattle native Glen Erik Hamilton burst onto the crime writing scene two years ago with Past Crimes, a superb debut that introduced childhood thief turned Army Ranger Van Shaw, and went on to win the Anthony, Macavity, and Strand Magazine Awards for Best First Novel, and an Edgar nomination In this third installment in what s a really top shelf series, Shaw is rebuilding his late grandfather s destroyed home when a terminally ill ex con who did a past job with his grandfather comes calling The s [...]
Basic synopsis Van Shaw is a veteran and ex safe cracker He reluctantly agrees to take part in a heist after being contacted by an ex con friend of his grandfather I mainly liked this book because it had good flow and was well written It s one of those books that I could get into right away I also liked the characters There s only the main character Van Shaw, everyone is a supporting character but they are all well written However I found the plot convoluted than it needed to be, there s a part [...]
My review only relates to the audiobook, and I m giving it three stars because of the reading performance Though I m not a native English speaker I find it odd that Jeff Harding would raise his voice at the end of almost every sentence That s really too bad I ve read all three Van Shaw novels so far and do love the series very much A talented narrator next time, please
This is an amazing amazing book If you love Thrillers you have to buy this book You will miss out if you don t I found myself holding my breath because I was so excited and scared at the same time Thank you so much for this ARC Harper Collins Publishing also, thank you for this amazing Advanced copy I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page I was rooting for the main character always This book is full of excitement and action and the greatest thriller ever You have to pre order this one It is so g [...]
he is trying to rebuild his grandfathers house that burned down in the last book he was approached to crack a safe full of millions of s of gold bars in a abandoned bldg but it was rigged and someone came to get them, it was a set up the other guy got caught, set a fire, but he ran off the other guys daughter showed up and he is trying to find her dad the man is going to die which is why he wanted the for his daughter.he got the girls dad out he ended up in the hospital at the end getting tests [...]
3rd book in this series, first one I have encountered Well worth reading, and I m tempted to go back and read the first two to get the full stories the results and effects of which are mentioned in this book without the background information The author has used the technique of interweaving two stories in one, telling the developing stories of an event of the twelve year old s life which has has an impact on his current adult life At first it was a little dislocating, then I looked forward to t [...]
I received this book from in exchange for a review.When a favor for a dying ex con goes horribly wrong, Van Shaw finds himself up to his neck in trouble Even worse, he has no real idea who the bad guys are and what they want Van wants to live on the right side of the law, but each day is a struggle His training wants to lead him down a different path.Gritty and dark, this book will capture the reader s attention and hold it The story is well paced and the characters are all too believable.
This might be the best fiction I ve read thus far in 2017 First, I enjoy novels staged in Seattle, one of my favorite cities Second, Hamilton s imaginative characters are off beat and eminently likable Finally, his plots are elegantly layered like a game plan for three dimensional chess Add Glen Eric Hamilton to your must read list if you enjoy intelligent crime fiction.
Glen Erik Hamilton knows how to keep you hooked from the very first page The story is suspenseful and moves along at a nice clip I found myself cheering for Van Shaw again as I did in the first two books Great character development for the starring and secondary cast Once again, I recommend this book for anyone who loves good thrillers.
Excellent Continuing character Van Shaw taking on what seems to be an easy and highly profitable job, Shaw gets caught between competing factions after gold and revenge and works to steer between his history and potential future thanks to for my receiving this great book through their giveaway program
Reviewers would probably call this tale gritty It s a rather violent story about a man raised by a thief, who becomes a thief himself A decent plot with rather basic character development, probably as a book like this should be.
Fantastic In just three books, Glen Erik Hamilton has become one of my favorite authors He writes a tight, edge of your seat story Strong and believable characters I can t wait for his next book
The characters were well developed and interesting however the plot seemed like it had too much going on at once It was almost hard at times to follow and keep up with everything going on It was a good read though so I would give this book 4 stars.
Interesting story and a good read I look forward to reading in the series.
Review to come.
Van Shaw is an interesting character started with bk 3 in the series will read 12
These just keep on getting better Van just can t help himself, even though he knows better.
Complicated story line, but it all comes together nicely I love how he goes back to his youth with his grandfather The personal touches just really make me want to keep reading this author.
A favor for an ex con turns into a fight against a mysterious enemy.
Very good guy book until three quarters in, and then the complications and the graphic fights got a bit much for me.