Glen debuted last year with the highly-praised Past Crimes, an Edgar finalist for Best First Novel. Now with the second installment, Hard Cold Winter, comes an even more intense and dangerous ride for our former Army Ranger and ex-thief, Van Shaw. An old friend of his grandfather asks Van for a favor leading him to a brutal murder scene up in the Olympic Mountains. One of the victims is a girl from Van’s past, whose death triggers memories of their criminal exploits. Van finds himself caught between a corrupt business tycoon and ruthless gangsters who will stop at nothing to protect what’s theirs. Read Sarah's review here.
Hamilton’s debut novel, Past Crimes, was one of my favorites last year, and the second in the Van Shaw series, Hard Cold Winter, has impressed me even more. Van, former Army ranger and ex-thief, is summoned by a friend of his late grandfather to check on the whereabouts of his niece, Elana. The search leads Van to a cabin in the Olympic Mountains where he stumbles upon a brutal double murder scene. The investigation takes Van into the world of vicious Russian gangsters as well as a corrupt billionaire. Brief scenes of Van’s criminal past with Elana are deftly interspersed with the suspenseful murder investigation. It all culminates into an explosive ending, confirming this is another powerful installment in an addictive and compelling series. - Sarah
Van Shaw was raised by his Irish immigrant grandfather Donovan to be a thief to boost cars, beat security alarms, and crack safes. But at eighteen, Van broke all ties to that life and joined the military, serving as an Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, after ten years of silence, Dono has asked his grandson to come home to Seattle.
Van is curious and a little unnerved by his grandfather's request. But when he arrives at Dono's house, Van discovers his grandfather bleeding out on the floor from a gunshot wound to the head. With a lifetime of tough history between him and the old man, the battle-tested Ranger knows he'll be the first suspect.
To clear his name and avenge his grandfather, Van plunges back into a violent, high-stakes world where right and wrong aren't defined by the law . . . and where the secrets held by those closest to him are the deadliest of all.