Hard Freeze: A Joe Kurtz Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 288 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Penforhire - LibraryThing

My enjoyments and complaints about the first book in the series make a return here. This world is too clean, not enough noir style thrown into the descriptions. Joe remains, however, an interesting ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Joe Kurtz, out of Joe Conrad, out of Heart of Darkness, and clearly out of luck after 12 bitter years in Attica, knows that someday he'll die violently. But he's not about to let that day come today ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Since his first published short story won the Rod Serling Memorial Award in the 1982 Twilight Zone Magazine Short Fiction contest, Dan Simmons has won some of the top awards in science fiction, horror, fantasy, and thriller genres, as well as honors for his mainstream fiction. He lives along the Front Range of Colorado, where he is currently at work on a new Joe Kurtz novel.

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