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Past Crimes

Glen Erik Hamilton

For fans of LEE CHILD and DENNIS LEHANE, an unputdownable series debut, from a thrilling new voice in American crime writing, Glen Erik Hamilton

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If my grandfather’s letter had stopped at the comma, I would have tossed it in the trash… I would have mentally told the old man to stick it, if it hadn’t been for the last three words. If you can…

Van Shaw was raised to be a thief, but at the age of eighteen he abruptly abandoned the illicit life and joined the US Army, leaving behind Seattle and the grandfather who taught him the trade. But after ten years of estrangement, Van’s grandfather has suddenly asked him to come home. He does so, only to find his grandfather shot in the head and bleeding out on the kitchen floor.

While the police focus on Van as the prime suspect, he plunges back into an underworld he had vowed never return to, putting his criminal sensibilities back to work to ferret out the attacker and unearth the shocking secret of why his grandfather called him home after so many years. But in a violent, high-stakes world where the lines between right and wrong are easily blurred, Van finds that the secrets held by those closest to him are the deadliest of all.

Critic Reviews

'A home run off the first pitch - this guy has got what it takes.'

Critic Reviews

'Lee Child's hero, Jack Reacher, may just have a fresh rival in Hamilton's Van Shaw...The flashbacks to his past, and the dark characters he encounters along the way to this personal epiphany, make Hamilton's first Van Shaw novel and his formidable protagonist hard to resist. There will be more, Shaw is too taut and smart a hero for there not to be.'

Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
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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 of Don't Look Back
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An exciting heir to the classic detective novel. A well-written modern rendition of the old-fashioned gritty noir.

Glen ErikHamilton

A native of Seattle, Glen Erik Hamilton was raised aboard a sailboat and grew up around the marinas and commercial docks and islands of the Pacific North West. His first novel, Past Crimes (2015) won a Strand Critics Circle Award as well as the Anthony and Macavity Awards for Best First Novel, and was nominated for the Edgar, Nero, and…

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