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Past crimes, Glen Erik Hamilton

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Past crimes
Title
Past crimes
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Glen Erik Hamilton
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Van Shaw was raised to be a thief, but at eighteen he suddenly broke all ties to that life and joined the military -- abandoning his illicit past and the career-criminal grandfather who taught him the trade. Now, after ten years of silence, his grandfather has asked him to come home to Seattle. But when Van arrives, he discovers his grandfather bleeding out on the floor from a gunshot to the head. With a lifetime of tough history between him and the old man, Van knows he's sure to be the main suspect
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Award
  • Anthony Award for Best First Novel, 2016
  • Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel, 2016.
Review
  • Van Shaw was brought up by thieves, who were a bit like an extended family. He displayed an alarming proficiency in the craft but decided it wasn’t the life for him and escaped, as many do, by joining the army. After a tour of Afghanistan, he gets a summons from his old grandfather, who had been his coach in lawbreaking. Once home, he finds the old man wounded and near death, and Van’s criminal skills must become detective skills as he tries to learn what happened. That means interacting at length with Grandfather’s old cronies, and reader response to these long chapters of talk is going to be personal. Some may want more of what the author is awfully good at—action. A warehouse break-in, with the old man guiding the kid’s moves, is wonderful. And a battle on a yacht blends heightened language and dirty deeds to haunting effect, as when a vanquished opponent suddenly becomes “two hundred pounds of wet cement.” If he stays true to his talent, Hamilton is an author to watch. -- Crinklaw, Don (Reviewed 01-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 9, p48)
  • /* Starred Review */ Hamilton’s accomplished debut introduces Van Shaw, an Army ranger who returns home to Seattle after 10 years, in response to a terse message from the man who raised him, his grandfather Donovan “Dono” Shaw: “Come home, if you can.” Dono taught Shaw to be like him, a skillful and careful thief, but at 18, Shaw left him after a bitter fight and joined the army. On arrival at Dono’s house, Shaw finds him on the floor, dying of a gunshot wound. In his quest for vengeance, Shaw connects with Dono’s old buddies Hollis Brant, a smuggler, and Jimmy Corcoran, a tech expert. Shaw has to figure out what Dono was up to, and he needs all his criminal skills and ranger training to do so. Hamilton details Shaw’s upbringing in sharply honed flashbacks and surrounds him with a cast of intriguing characters on both sides of the law. Readers will be eager to see more of this tough, clever hero. Agent: Lisa Erbach Vance, Aaron Priest Literary Agency. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 5, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 01, p)
  • A combat-tested Army Ranger returns home to investigate the shooting of his grandfather in this debut novel.Van Shaw is recovering from a recent combat injury when he receives a letter from his estranged grandfather Dono asking him to come home to Seattle. He doesn't know why his grandfather wants to see him, and the tension ratchets up when he arrives to find that Dono has just been shot by an intruder. During the police investigation, it becomes clear that Dono may not be an innocent victim because, as Hamilton tersely states, "Dono Shaw was a thief." The novel develops into a divided narrative split between the contemporary investigation into Dono's shooting and flashbacks to Van's experiences of being raised by a career criminal. Van was exposed to a felonious world from which he escaped by joining the Army after high school. Van discovers that Dono's last heist may have led to his shooting, and in the process, he's pulled back into his grandfather's criminal culture. To solve the mystery, Van must make use of the thief's skill set he learned from Dono and reconnect with his grandfather's old cronies in Seattle's underworld. Throw in a buried family secret, a love interest with an alluring woman and some missing diamonds, and you have the recipe for an exciting heir to the classic detective novel. A well-written modern rendition of the old-fashioned gritty noir.(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10402624
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hamilton, Glen Erik
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3608.A676
LC item number
P38 2015
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Van Shaw novels
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Murder
  • Grandfathers
  • Thieves
  • Seattle (Wash.)
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a Van Shaw novel
Label
Past crimes, Glen Erik Hamilton
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Van Shaw novel"--Dust jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
324 pages
Isbn
9780062344557
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014044803
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 896127090
  • (OCoLC)896127090
Label
Past crimes, Glen Erik Hamilton
Publication
Note
"A Van Shaw novel"--Dust jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
324 pages
Isbn
9780062344557
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014044803
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 896127090
  • (OCoLC)896127090

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