Hard Cold Winter

Hard Cold Winter Review

Former Army Ranger and thief Van Shaw is thrust into danger as lethal and unpredictable as the war he left behind in this emotionally powerful and gritty follow up to the acclaimed Past Crimes.

When an old crony of Van Shaw’s late grandfather calls in a favor, the recently-discharged Ranger embarks on a dangerous journey to the Olympic Mountains, in search of a missing girl tied to Van’s own criminal past. What he finds instead is a brutal murder scene, including a victim from one of Seattle’s most influential families.

But the dead bodies are only the start of Van’s troubles. A fellow Ranger from Afghanistan turns up at Van’s doorstep, seeking support from his former sergeant even as Van wrestles with his own reemerging symptoms of PTSD. The murder investigation leads to heavy pressure, with a billionaire businessman on one side and vicious gangsters on the other, each willing to play dirty to get what they want.

The price of his survival may be too high, demanding moral compromises that could destroy Van’s relationship with his iron-willed girlfriend, Luce. And when a trusted friend’s betrayal pushes him to the edge, Van has to enlist help from some unexpected places—including someone he believed was lost forever.

The Ranger will need every ally he can get. A powerful, unseen player is about to unleash a firestorm on Seattle that will burn Van and his people to ashes—and it will take a miracle to stop it.

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  • Liz Barnsley

    This is the second Van Shaw novel – I love these, intelligent and atmospheric thrillers with enticing plots and some great characters, having been a fan of Past Crimes I was very pleased to see Van ...

  • Roger

    Hard Cold Winter was an extremely solid four stars. The comparisons between Glen Erik Hamilton's Van Shaw and Lee Child's Jack Reacher are pretty obvious. Both are ex servicemen who work outside the l...

  • Glen

    This second book of the Van Shaw series starts with a crony of Van's father asking him for a favor. His daughter is missing, but he can give Van directions.Van goes to the remote cabin, and finds a gr...

  • Fred Forbes

    Notice in this series, as in the ones by Nick Petrie how the protagonist gets compared on the jacket blurbs to the Lee Child character Jack Reacher? Sometimes, even by Child himself. At any rate, the ...

  • Frances

    Another high-energy, tension-ridden story of Van Shaw as he comes to grips with his past and how he is going to make it in the real world of Seattle with all its memories.This is the second book in th...

  • Paromjit

    This is a cracking thriller written by an accomplished writer. This is the first book I have read in the series and it works well as a standalone. It has Van doing a favour for a mate of his grandfath...

  • Sandy Pipp

    This book was a attention grabber and it had a really good mystery to it. It kept you going...

  • Carol

    Picked up this book because J.A. Jance said it was as much fun to read as Jack Reacher. She was right. I like this Van Shaw character. This book was non-stop action. Hamilton is one fine writer....

  • Lesa

    What happens to you when you finish a ten-year career as an Army Ranger, but can't return to your previous life as a thief? Van Shaw is caught in limbo in Glen Erik Hamilton's second crime novel, Hard...

  • Gail Cooke

    Last year’s debut thriller by Glen Erik Hamilton showed without a doubt that an amazing new talent had arrived. Past Crimes (2015) was a runaway bestseller and nominated for an Edgar Award. Now Har...