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Hardcase (2001) [Novel]
by Dan Simmons Rating: Weighted - 8.4 / Average - 8.5 of 10 (4 votes) (Rate!)
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Series: Joe Kurtz
Part: 1

Summary :

Sometimes revenge is best paid in cold steel.


Joe Kurtz has been wronged one too many times. So when he takes out the drugdealing thug who killed his girlfriend, the exPI gets to cool his heels for 11 years in Attica. It's there that he meets "Little Skag" Farino, the son of an aging Buffalo, New York, mob boss. In exchange for protecting the kid's manhood against any unwanted jailhouse affection, Kurtz gets an audience with Little Skag's father upon his release from prison.

Semiretired Don Byron Farino is still clinging to what dwindling power he holds on the New York organized crime scene. He enlists Kurtz's help to track down the Family's missing accountanta man with too much knowledge of Family business to have on the loose. But someone doesn't want the accountant found. As the story twists and turns and the body count rises, Kurtz no longer knows whom he can trust. Everyone seems to be after something, from the mob boss's sultry yet dangerous daughter, to a hit man named The Dane, an albino killer who is good with a knife, and a dwarf who is armed to the teeth and hellbent on revenge.

Bestselling author Dan Simmons expertly builds the tension as he springs one surprise after another, all the while daring the reader to take a ride with Kurtz through the cold, windy streets of Buffalo where one wrong move could mean a bellyfull of lead.

Original title: Hardcase: A Joe Kurtz novel
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesNoir

Edition #1: Hardcase

Hardcase (2001)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Kurtz is probably the toughest, darkest 'hero' in crime fiction since Parker." Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel
  • "Within the first five pages of Hardcase, you know it's going to live up to its title... If you're after a hard-core, full-tilt rocket ride, you'll find it in Hardcase." Rocky Mountain News
  • "[Simmons's] narrative is all sinew and bloody gristle.... Hard to beat for a pulp-fiction beach-read." Publishers Weekly
  • "There's no letdown from explosive start to hell-for-leather finish in this hard-as-nails detective story. Comparisons with Richard Stark's amoral bad guy Parker or Andrew Vachss's Burke are inevitable, but Kurtz is more Parker than Burke: There is no sentimentality or excess prose here, just unceasing action with a ragged edge.... An exceptional tale of nonstop violence and double cross... Enthusiastically recommended." Library Journal
  • "With Hardcase, Simmons both pays homage to over-the-top pulp fiction and writes a remarkably good example of it.... Numerous and varied story lines remain remarkably lucid as Simmons treats ust to a fast-paced thriller with excitement on every page." Otto Penzler
  • "A dark... and cinematic story set among the surly and largely unloved denizens of Buffalo, New York." Chicago Tribune
  • "Readers who figure hard-boiled fiction was a tapped-out river will find a leviathan tugging on the line when they sink their hooks into Hardcase." The Denver Post
  • "[Simmons] handles the carnage here as confidently as if he'd teethed on a .45." Kirkus Reviews
  • "Very tough, with a high body count... Simmons writes better than most, and his ex-PI Joe Kurtz, who tries to hold on to a semblance of ethics while working for a semiretired Mafia don, is an interesting character.... There are some nifty Chandleresque twists and some nicely done upstate New York scene layering." The Boston Globe
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Hardcase (2001)

Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 0312980167

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