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Hardcase (Joe Kurtz #1)

Trade Paperback, 9/16/14

ISBN 9780316213431

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Newly available in trade paperback—the first in an acclaimed series of “dark and cinematic” (Chicago Tribune) crime novels in the hardboiled tradition.

Once Joe Kurtz needed revenge—and revenge cost him eleven years in Attica prison. Now Kurtz needs a job, and the price is going to be even higher. Out of prison and out of touch, Kurtz signs on with Byron Farino, don of a mob family whose son Kurtz had been protecting on the inside. Farino enlists Kurtz’s help to track down the family’s missing accountant—a man with too much knowledge to have on the loose.

But someone doesn’t want the accountant found. With enemies within the family vying for his throne, and turf warfare just around the corner, Farino needs an outsider like Kurtz to flush out who’s behind this latest affront. As the story twists and turns, and the body count rises, Kurtz no longer knows who he can trust. Everyone seems to be after something, from the mob boss’s sultry yet dangerous daughter, to an albino hitman named The Dane, to a dwarf who is armed to the teeth and hell-bent on revenge. Kurtz has always been an ace investigator. Now he’s about to discover that to get at the truth, sometimes you have to go after it—hard.

In his twenty years of publication, Dan Simmons has won more than 50 major American and international awards for his fiction. Mr. Simmons lives in Colorado.

“The toughest dark ‘hero’ in crime fiction since Parker” —Denver Post

“Ex-PI. Joe Kurtz, who tries to hold onto a semblance of ethics while working for a semi-retired Mafia don, is an interesting character. ..There are some nifty Chandleresque twists.” —Boston Globe

“A hardcore full-tilt rocket ride” —Rocky Mountain News

“A cinematic story” —Chicago Tribune