Stock Image

HARD FREEZE

Simmons, Dan.

969 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0312278543 / ISBN 13: 9780312278540
Published by St. Martin's Minotaur., NY:, 2002
Buy Used
Price: US$ 30.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

Offered By

Kathmandu Books
Winter Park, FL, U.S.A.

5-star rating

AbeBooks Seller Since December 30, 1997

About this Item

HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. The second Joe Kurtz mystery. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 15964

Quantity Available: 1

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: HARD FREEZE

Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur., NY:

Publication Date: 2002

Edition: 1st edition

About this title

Synopsis:

There's a bitter wind brewing in Buffalo, New York and it's blowing in more than just snow. "Little Skag" Farino, the last don of the local crime family, wants Kurtz dead and is sending in platoons of hit men, starting with the Attica Three Stooges and working up through more competent killers. Little Skag's beautiful sister, Angelina Farino Ferrara, is back from seven years in Sicily and has her own deadly agenda for Kurtz.

If that isn't enough, Kurtz is approached by a dying concert violinist who wants his daughter's killer found. Rejecting the case at first, he is soon on the trail of a man who's not just the murderer of one child, but a cold-blooded serial killer who is a master of alternate identities and has the power to send a hundred men after Kurtz. As the bodies pile up like cords of wood, Hard Freeze hits town with the power of a whiteout blizzard and builds to a truly chilling climax. This is a crime novel where trigger fingers freeze to blue steel.

Review:

Having proven he can write hard-nosed noir with 2001's Hardcase, prolific genre-crossing author Dan Simmons reintroduces his gritty protagonist Joe Kurtz and promptly pitches him into the icy waters of Hard Freeze. Two pages into the book, the ex-private investigator is just minding his business on the frozen streets of Buffalo and already he's got a contract on his head. As Kurtz says, "It was shaping up to be an especially tough winter." When he finds out who the money behind the hit is, Joe's already outgunned and outmanned but never outsmarted. This wily warrior is always one step ahead of whoever is chasing him, be they crooked cops, calculating serial killers, corpulent mob bosses, or not-so-distressed damsels.

Simmons has crafted a perfectly ruthless crime novel with a relentless pace that doesn't let up until the final page. The single-minded Joe Kurtz is a wonderfully flawed and deliciously soiled noir icon. He's smart, salty, literate, smushy in all the right places, and not somebody to cross. In all, Hard Freeze is a fast-paced thriller that successfully interweaves amazingly disparate plot threads in an explosive--really explosive--climax. --Jeremy Pugh

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Kathmandu Books specializes in Modern First Editions with an emphasis on Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Fiction and Literature. We can also special order books including most small press titles in the U.S. and U.K. Want Lists Accepted.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

VISA / MasterCard / American Express, Personal Checks, Money Orders and PayPal accepted. Books can be held for 10 days pending payment. Books will be shipped via media rate unless otherwise requested. Rates are $3.99 for the first book plus $1.50 for each additional book. Priority rates are $10.50 for the first book plus $3.50 for each additional book. Overseas rates are slightly higher and will be quoted on an individual basis. Florida residents must also include 7% sales tax. All books can be ...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order Cash PayPal