Hard Cold Winter

Morrow. Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780062344588. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062344601. F
OrangeReviewStarForged from a criminal and military past, ex-army ranger and sometime thief Van Shaw (introduced in Past Crimes) is back from the Middle East and home in Seattle. As a favor to an old friend of his grandfather's, Van searches for a young girl who has vanished after traveling with a pal to a remote cabin. There Van finds instead a brutal multiple murder scene, and one of the victims is from one of Seattle's most prominent families. The bodies are only the start of Van's troubles as he tracks a killer with the assistance of his army buddy Leo, while trying to protect his longtime girlfriend Luce and stay out of the path of Russian gangsters.
VERDICT In his sophomore effort, Hamilton skillfully creates a well-oiled situation with a direct writing style that keeps the story line from becoming too complicated but still brimming with action, conflict, and realistic and compelling characters. From the very first page, this thriller is clever, timely, and definitely an attention grabber. Readers of the first book will be delighted with the backstory, and aficionados of the genre will eat this one up.
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