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"Dead Men's Dust" by Matt Hilton

1 rating: 3.0
Thriller, novel

Sue Fletcher at Hodder and Stoughton paid L800,000 for five novels from this debut thriller writter whose manuscript was rescued from the slush pile.Source = Author's web site.

Author: Judith Matthews
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: William Morrow
Date Published: 05-19-09
ISBN: 0061717142
1 review about "Dead Men's Dust" by Matt Hilton

"Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble." Ben Franklin

  • Aug 9, 2010
Joe Hunter is a problem solver. As the story opens, he lands in Florida and helps his sister-in-law, Jennifer, who is being threatened by a criminal nicknamed, "Shank." Shank was attempting to intimidate Jenn into giving him money that her former husband owed him.

When Joe removes the threat, Jenn asks him to find his half-brother, John. John had left Jenn for a woman named Louise Blake. Although Jenn no longer loved him, John was still the father of her two sons and she didn't want harm to come to him. She feels that he is in grave danger.

In the past, John had been dependent on Joe to repay his many gambling debts and when Joe attempted to get his half-brother to change his ways, the half-brothers became estranged.

In the Southwest, a cold-blooded, thrill killer is active. Tubal Cain enjoys killing and then cutting off his victim's thumbs. One day, while on the road, he stops where a car is broken down and is robbed of his prized possession, his knives. He vows to find the person who embarrassed him and make him pay for Cain's humiliation. Unfortunately, the thief is John Hunter.

The story describes what Cain and John are doing and Joe's search for his half-brother. It is the brave man against the bandit and John is the wild-card. 

If the object of the book is to entertain, then the author has done it. He also does a nice job in setting the scene and permitting the reader to get a vivid picture of the action. It would be easy to film this novel.

I enjoyed the novel and following Joe's exploits but think that he has too high a view of himself and doesn't possess the empathy of a Jack Reacher and many other heroic characters. I believe that Joe Hunter will develop as a character and look forward to reading more of the author's work.

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