Saturday, June 2, 2012

Crosscut-Jude Hardin


Jude Hardin

Thomas & Mercer, Jun 5 2012, $14.95

ISBN: 9781612183114

In Florida, true crime writer Donna Prescott asks her former boyfriend private investigator Nicholas Colt to find her missing brother Derek Wahl. Missing for over a year, Derek is a Black Creek, Tennessee cop. He vanished while handling a domestic dispute. At the house where the call came from were two female corpses while two males disappeared. Derek informs Donna he is no longer a P.I. as instead he is part of a band. Donna also says the bodies were mutilated with crucifixes carved into them. Stunned Derek takes the case because he knows what the symbol means as the Harvest Angels violent wing of the Neo-Nazi Chain of Life cult killed his first wife, their daughter and their band in a plane crash.

Derek arranges with his Tennessee private investigator friend Pete Strong to meet him. However his inquiry spins out of control with his family threatened back home and longtime enemy Brother John kidnapping him before brainwashing Derek and turning him into a heroin addict who cheats on his wife. However, this is all part of a wider lethal terrorism plot in Los Angeles.

This is an exhilarating thriller with a great first half and a fabulous coda spin. Action-packed from start to finish, the hard boiled storyline loses plausibility from the moment the hero escapes as he performs exciting daring deeds.

Harriet Klausner

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