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The Second Life of Nick Mason (Hardcover)

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Buzz for Steve Hamilton’s The Second Life of Nick Mason has been building for years – literally. It was announced as a St. Martin’s hardcover some time ago, then Hamilton left the publisher and went with Putnam. The book was being talked about way back then – probably two years ago - and the switch of publishers just extended the buzz. It was well worth the wait.

Nick Mason is a felon on a 25-year bounce when he’s released due to the machinations of a crime boss after 5 years. The catch is he has to do whatever his new master says, whenever he’s told to do it, with no hesitation. Nick’s not a violent guy, though he did graduate from boosting cars in teens to safe cracking in his twenties. His second life will be bloody.

This is a fast read with spare writing and rapid action. If you want lots of atmosphere and description you won’t get it. This is in the stream-lined school of Hammett, Block and Pelecanos and deserves the comparison. The cars have muscles and jump at the touch of the gas pedal, the bullets wipe out life, the knives are sharp, the emotions raw, the fear pulses through the pages like the bass in one of the car’s radios.

Edgar-winner and Steel Dagger- winner Steve Hamilton will be here to sign what is said to be the start of a series, on Wed, June 1st.

It’s a hell of a ride, a nightmare of noir rocketing into the rainy dark streets of Chicago. It’s going to be fun watching Nick make his way through his new life, trying his best – hoplessly I fear – to find a way into a better, third life.

The Second Life of Nick Mason - It’s one of the year’s best.

— JB


An NPR and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Library Journal Best Thriller of the Year

"A gamechanger. Nick Mason is one of the best main characters I've read in years."--Harlan Coben

From New York Times-bestselling, two-time Edgar-award-winning author Steve Hamilton comes an unforgettable new hero, a man who will walk out of prison and into a harrowing double life that is anything but free.

Nick Mason has already spent five years inside a maximum security prison when an offer comes that will grant his release twenty years early. He accepts--but the deal comes with a terrible price.

Now, back on the streets, Nick Mason has a new house, a new car, money to burn, and a beautiful roommate. He's returned to society, but he's still a prisoner. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, Nick must answer it and follow whatever order he is given. It's the deal he made with Darius Cole, a criminal mastermind serving a double-life term who runs an empire from his prison cell.

Forced to commit increasingly more dangerous crimes, hunted by the relentless detective who put him behind bars, and desperate to go straight and rebuild his life with his daughter and ex-wife, Nick will ultimately have to risk everything--his family, his sanity, and even his life--to finally break free.

About the Author

Steve Hamilton is the New York Times-bestselling author of twelve novels, most recently Die a Stranger and Let It Burn. His debut, A Cold Day in Paradise, won both an Edgar and a Shamus Award for Best First Novel. His standalone novel The Lock Artist was a New York Times Notable Crime Book and won an Alex Award and the Edgar Award for Best Novel. He attended the University of Michigan, where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for writing, and now lives in Cottekill, NY, with his wife and their two children.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399574320
ISBN-10: 0399574328
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: May 17th, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Nick Mason Novel