The story opens with Army Ranger Van Shaw arriving at his grandfather’s home in Seattle, a home he left ten years ago and not on the best of terms. It’s not exactly a welcoming homecoming either as Van stumbles upon his grandfather lying on the floor, left for dead. This is all in the first chapter and the action doesn’t let up from there. Van is Seattle PD’s number one suspect, of course, and it’s up to Van to track down the killer. The only way to do that is to go back into the criminal underworld his grandfather inhabited, a world Van swore off forever. The deeper he digs, the more shocking secrets he uncovers about his grandfather; not to mention his own demons he’d rather leave buried. I wanted to tear through the book to find out what happens next, but the rich atmospheric details had me savoring it instead.
Van Shaw was raised by his Irish immigrant grandfather Donovan to be a thief—to boost cars, beat security alarms, and crack safes. But at eighteen, Van broke all ties to that life and joined the military, serving as an Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, after ten years of silence, Dono has asked his grandson to come home to Seattle.
Van is curious and a little unnerved by his grandfather's request. But when he arrives at Dono's house, Van discovers his grandfather bleeding out on the floor from a gunshot wound to the head. With a lifetime of tough history between him and the old man, the battle-tested Ranger knows he'll be the first suspect.
To clear his name and avenge his grandfather, Van plunges back into a violent, high-stakes world where right and wrong aren't defined by the law . . . and where the secrets held by those closest to him are the deadliest of all.
“A debut novel from a gifted writer with a sure hand. As much fun to read as Lee Child’s Jack Reacher.”
“PAST CRIMES is a zipline ride of a thriller, plummeting through the back alleys of Seattle where murder and intrigue reign supreme and the undead past lurks around the next wrong turn. Buckle in and hang on!”
“A home run off the first pitch - this guy has got what it takes.”
“…an exciting heir to the classic detective novel. A well-written modern rendition of the old-fashioned gritty noir.”
“If he stays true to his talent, Hamilton is an author to watch.”
“Readers will be eager to see more of this tough, clever hero.”
“Edgy and suspenseful.”
“Fans of action-filled mysteries should get to know Van Shaw right now and plan to be following his exploits for quite some time.”
“Glen Erik Hamilton’s impressive debut novel fuses procedural plotting, vigilantism and noir. The seedy setting and one man’s hunt for justice create an emotionally stirring and morally ambiguous read. Past Crimes keeps readers on edge and second-guessing every character.”
“Glen Erik Hamilton is a welcome new entry in the very over-crowded crime-fiction genre.”
“With ‘Past Crimes,’ debut novelist Glen Eric Hamilton comes out of the chute riding a rocket sled of thrills. This action-laced crime noir reads like a comfortable third entry in an already established franchise.”
“In his outstanding debut, Hamilton has created a tough and intriguing character in Van Shaw, one that will appeal to fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series.”
“With wry humor and plenty of action, Glen Erick Hamilton’s “Past Crimes” is an updated version of the classic hard-boiled detective novel.”
“Page-turning and poignant, with not a drop of phony sentiment or overwriting. Grade: A”
“Hamilton begins lobbing hand grenades into the room about three-quarters of the way through and doesn’t let up until practically the last page, piling surprises and explosions on top of each other.”
“This powerful debut novel introduces a quick-witted and resilient protagonist able to hold his own on both sides of the law.”
“Glen Erik writes taut, hard-edged thrillers that I simply can’t put down. Tight prose. Intriguing characters. Here is some fantastic storytelling you don’t want to miss.”