Hard Cold Winter
By: Glen Erik Hamilton
Adjusting to civilian life is hard for Van Shaw in Hard Cold Winter. Adjusting to a normal life is even harder for the grandson of a skilled thief and criminal who raised Van to follow in his footsteps. Returning to his hometown Van learns that one of his friends, a man who also has spent quite a bit of time living outside of the law, recruits him to locate his niece. This is not just some girl that hasn’t bothered to return a phone call. Van knew Elana. They grew up together and ran in similar circles. Will Willard, Elana’s uncle, knew that she was dating the son of a wealthy family and had heard that they were visiting a remote cabin of theirs in the mountains. He asked Van to go up and check on her for him. Owing it to Willard and his niece, Van takes the job. Its not long before he finds what they’ve all been fearing. Both Elana and the boy she was dating are found dead. No, not just dead, murdered. Now it’s up to Van to try to find out by whom, and for what reason.
Hard Cold Winter is a book of a different color. Let me explain what I’m trying to say here. It’s not your typical murder mystery. Van isn’t a detective or involved with the police at all. In fact, the police can’t be involved with this one at all. When all of the players involved are involved in one kind of crime or another, any investigation could very well lead back to their livelihood. But that doesn’t mean that Elana’s killer would go unpunished. Sneaking into buildings, tracking down bookies, fighting his way out situations where the odds look incredibly bleak, Van is determined to get to the bottom of what is going on. I very much enjoyed reading this novel and am looking forward to the next Glen Erik Hamilton Novel!