The brutality and the action scenes of this novel justify its title to the core. An extremely energetic young run-away boy named John Harding transforms though several roles in the society in his life. He is discarded, helped and finally recruited in the Marine Corps. His harsh view of justice gets him involved in a couple of serious cases. Apart from the action, this book raises several important questions. If you want to make a new life for yourself, can you escape the past? Can we construct our identity without roots and their history? Whatever the case, 'Hard Case' is a book which should not be missed. It is realistic, shocking and humorous at the same time.