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Bridger (Five Star Mystery Series) Hardcover – September 8, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star Mystery Series
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (September 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594148619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594148613
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In Hunt's cliché-ridden thriller, professional thief Dan Bridger takes the fall for a double murder when a tip from his girlfriend, Maggie Chan, proves to be a fake. Chan identified a $4 million coin collection belonging to Philadelphia judge Joe Hannon as a target, but when Bridger breaks into Hannon's house early one morning, someone wearing a ski mask knocks him out. On regaining consciousness, Bridger searches the house and discovers a man and a woman in a bedroom shot to death. The victims turn out to be Hannon and his mistress. After finding Chan murdered as well, Bridger ends up on the run from the law. The book jumps the shark when Bridger ends up in a relationship with Hannon's widow. A related plot line involving a mob hit on an FBI undercover agent who'd infiltrated an organized crime family is equally predictable. And Hunt's (Before They Make You Run) tendency to write in sentence fragments also doesn't help matters.
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*Starred Review* Daniel Bridger is an elite, high-end thief. He steals coin collections, untraceable cash, and jewelry. He follows strict rules that have—for the most part—kept him out of trouble. He never crosses the Mob, he always studies his scores carefully, and he never rushes into anything. When a sometime lover presents an opportunity, he’s intrigued; but to follow through, he’d have to break at least two rules. Bridger breaks the rules, but it all goes bad. The job is a setup. The loot is absent, the occupants of the home are dead, and the cops are on the way. He escapes but finds his lover dead. She was a pawn as much as he was. He’s on the run from the cops and—he quickly learns—the Mob (three for three on broken rules). His only chance to get clear of this mess is to find out who exactly set him up. Hunt, who in a few short years has established his chops as a rising star in the crime genre, mines the same urban territory as Elmore Leonard and does so with pointed dialogue, subtle humor, a likably dangerous protagonist, and an assortment of disparately motivated villains and secondary characters. Hunt is very good indeed and needs to find a much wider audience. --Wes Lukowsky

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Watson McFestus on December 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Bridger, an expert thief, gets caught in a Philadelphia mafioso's attempt to cover up the murder of an undercover FBI agent. Complications ensue as the Bridger is pursued by the FBI, the local police and the Mob, while the Mob kingpin is trying to cover his tracks and distract another Mob faction from asking too many questions. The story moves fast, is relatively plausible, and the characters are interesting. After reading a little bit, and then picking the book up again, I was eager to read more. Always the sign of a good story.

In the mysterious realm of Philadelphia crime fiction (being a novice) I put it a cut below Timothy Watt's Grand Theft, and the 2 Patrick Paige novels of Eric Sauter.

It's a very good book, I hope the author writes more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted Schmidt on December 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Daniel Bridger is the title character of what is, hopefully, a new series to run alongside Hunt's "Maitland" and St. Louis Police Lieutenant George Hastings series. "Bridger" introduces an interesting character, a man whose day job is a car mechanic in a shop he owns but licenses through one of his employees while his true profession is as a very high-end burglar specializing in small things- gems, jewelry and unmarked currency. His professional code of relying only on himself and never crossing organized criminals is tested when his girlfriend proposes a safecracking of a judge's $4Million coin collection. Things head south quick for Bridger when he's beaten unconscious on the job, his weapon is used for a murder and the police, feds and the mob are closing in on him. Call him "amorale" but Bridger is definitely a man who honors his code, is neither comical nor cute, but is cunning, ruthless and completely professional. Make room on the shelf for another winner from Hunt.
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Format: Hardcover
I have read all of Hunt's books and I have enjoyed them all. Bridger is one of his best. I highly recommend it.
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