Hard Man

Hard Man

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Pearce, an ex-con and Edinburgh hard man who's still recovering from the recent loss of his mother, is invited by the dysfunctional Baxter family to protect their pregnant sixteen-year-old daughter from her martial-arts-expert husband, Wallace--a man ten years her senior with a penchant for killing family pets. Having found out that the baby's not his, Wallace has sworn vengeance. Pearce declines the job: He's no babysitter. But when Wallace kills Pearce's dog, he goes too far. Now it's personal.Revenge is part of the grieving process. But has Pearce finally met his match?Time to find out how many psychedelic drugs one man can take.Time to find out why Jesus is living in a cage in Wallace's basement.Time to find out who the real hard man is.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 268 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 30.5mm | 453.6g
  • United States
  • English
  • Us.
  • 0151012989
  • 9780151012985

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"An Edinburgh festival of lip-smacking gruesomeness and black comedy, where every light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train."
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"Shocking as a Glasgow kiss. Guthrie stamps on all the conventions until you hear the bones snap. Strong characters, brilliantly realized, and a gripping narrative."--Zoe Sharp, author of "Second Shot
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"Dark, twisted, violent, and brilliant . . .If you like your crime noir and bloody "Hard Man" will kick your f***ing teeth in."--Stuart Macbride, author of "Dying Light
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Pearce, an ex-con and Edinburgh hard man who's still recovering from the recent loss of his mother, is invited by the dysfunctional Baxter family to protect their pregnant sixteen-year-old daughter from her martial-arts-expert husband, Wallace--a man ten years her senior with a penchant for killing family pets. Having found out that the baby's not his, Wallace has sworn vengeance. Pearce declines the job: He's no babysitter. But when Wallace kills Pearce's dog, he goes too far. Now it's personal.
Revenge is part of the grieving process. But has Pearce finally met his match?
Time to find out who the real hard man is.
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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR "HARD MAN
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"I promise this is a story you haven't read before."--Thomas Perry, bestselling author of "Silence"
"If you're looking at this book wondering if you should buy it, let me save you some trouble: Buy it."--Duane Swierczynski, author of "The Blonde
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"Blew me to hell and gone . . . line on line of wondrous expression . . . moved me in ways that hurt."--Ken Bruen, Shamus-winning author of "Priest" and "The Guards
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"Riveting, nasty, dark, violent and utterly compelling. I couldn't put it down."--Denise Hamilton, Edgar and CWA Debut Dagger nominated author of "Savage Garden"
"Pure pleasure . . . I laughed and flinched and gasped my way to the very end. A rich, breathless, gritty achievement."--Victor Gischler, Edgar-nominated author of "Gun Monkeys
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"Takes your breath away."--Megan Abbott, author of Edgar, Anthony, and Barry nominated "Die a Little
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"No contest, no argument, this is one of the best crime novels of 2007."--Martyn Waites, CWA Gold Dagger-nominated author of "The Mercy Seat
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""Hard Man" kept me grinning, wincing, and guessing right up until the wicked, wistful end. I loved it."--Sean Doolittle, author of "The Clean-Up"
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152 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 27% (41)
4 34% (52)
3 30% (45)
2 8% (12)
1 1% (2)
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