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The Second Life of Nick Mason (Large Print / Library Binding)
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