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Past Crimes: A Van Shaw Novel Hardcover – 3 March 2015

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  • Publisher : William Morrow & Company (3 March 2015)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062344552
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062344557
  • Dimensions : 3.81 x 15.75 x 23.11 cm
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"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, on PAST CRIMES

..".an exciting heir to the classic detective novel. A well-written modern rendition of the old-fashioned gritty noir."--Kirkus on PAST CRIMES

"If he stays true to his talent, Hamilton is an author to watch."--Booklist on PAST CRIMES

"Readers will be eager to see more of this tough, clever hero."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on PAST CRIMES

"Edgy and suspenseful."--Crimespree Magazine on 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."--The Cedar Rapids Gazette on PAST CRIMES

"Glen Erik Hamilton's impressive debut novel fuses procedural plotting, vigilantism and noir. The seedy setting and one man's hunt for justice create an emotionally stirring and morally ambiguous read. Past Crimes keeps readers on edge and second-guessing every character."--BookPage.com on PAST CRIMES

"Glen Erik Hamilton is a welcome new entry in the very over-crowded crime-fiction genre."--David Rothenberg, WBAI-FM (New York City) on PAST CRIMES

"With 'Past Crimes, ' debut novelist Glen Eric Hamilton comes out of the chute riding a rocket sled of thrills. This action-laced crime noir reads like a comfortable third entry in an already established franchise."--Madison County Herald on PAST CRIMES

"In his outstanding debut, Hamilton has created a tough and intriguing character in Van Shaw, one that will appeal to fans of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series."--Library Journal (starred review) on PAST CRIMES

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When his estranged grandfather is shot and left for dead, an Army Ranger plunges into the criminal underworld of his youth to find a murderer . . . and uncovers a shocking family secret

From the time he was six years old, Van Shaw was raised by his Irish immigrant grandfather Donovan to be a thief--to boost cars, beat security alarms, crack safes, and burglarize businesses. But at eighteen, Dono's namesake and protege suddenly broke all ties to that life and the people in it. Van escaped into the military, serving as an elite Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, after ten years of silence, Dono has asked his grandson to come home to Seattle. "Tar abhaile, mas feidir leat"--Come home, if you can.

Taking some well-earned leave, Van heads to the Pacific Northwest, curious and a little unnerved by his grandfather's request. But when he arrives at Dono's house in the early hours of the morning, Van discovers the old thief bleeding out on the floor from a gunshot to the head. The last time the two men had seen each other Dono had also been lying on the floor--with Van pointing a gun at his heart. With a lifetime of tough history between him and the old man, the battle-tested Ranger knows the cops will link him to the crime.

To clear his name and avenge his grandfather, Van must track down the shooter. Odds are strong that Dono knew the person. Was it a greedy accomplice? A disgruntled rival? Diving back into the illicit world he'd sworn to leave behind, Van reconnects with the ruthless felons who knew Dono best. Armed with his military and criminal skills, he follows a dangerous trail of clues that leads him deeper into Dono's life--and closer to uncovering what drove his grandfather to reach out after years of silence. As he plummets back into this violent, high-stakes world where right and wrong aren't defined by the law, Van finds that the past is all too present . . . and that the secrets held by those closest to him are the deadliest of all.

Edgy and suspenseful, rich with emotional resonance, gritty action, and a deep-rooted sense of place, Past Crimes trumpets the arrival of a powerful new noir talent.

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