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An old girlfriend's request to find her missing brother lands PI Nicholas Colt in a plot hatched by neo-Nazi cult Chain of Life, which engineered the plane crash that killed his wife and daughter and the rest of his award-winning band years earlier. As the investigation leads to the Harvest Angels, the enforcement arm of the cult, Colt puts his new family in deadly peril before he’s kidnapped by an old nemesis who brainwashes him and hooks him on heroin as part of a plan intended to kill millions. The high standard set for this series by Colt’s introduction in Pocket-47 (2011) is generally maintained here, along with plenty of backstory, although the plot loses some suspense when Colt manages to break free with surprising ease well before all loose ends are tied. Still, Colt is a physical, no-holds-barred protagonist in the Jack Reacher mold, and this time he’s left with work to do to mend body, mind, and marriage. Another good bet for fans of hard-boiled fiction. — Michele Leber


"With Crosscut, Jude Hardin takes the PI novel and psychological suspense to a new, unrestrained level. Fast, fierce, and relentless." -David Morrell, New York Times bestselling creator of Rambo

"Jude Hardin takes the thriller genre into the darkest corners of the human heart and mind. Bold suspense and drama." -Scott Nicholson, author of Liquid Fear

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  • File Size: 1052 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XG3TE
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By enubrius VINE VOICE on May 24, 2012
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"Pocket-47", Hardin's first Nicholas Colt novel (and first novel), was a smartly written story about a former Rock musician turned PI who takes on what appears to be a simple case that escalates into something far bigger to the point where we have to bring in our "willing suspension of disbelief", big time.

"Crosscut" Hardin's second Nicholas Colt novel (and second novel) is a smartly written story about a former PI AND former Rock musician who takes on what appears to be a simple case that escalates into something far, far, bigger to the point where we have to bring in our WSOD, REALLY big time.

One begins to sense a pattern.

Sure, Hardin is no Chandler or Hammett. Indeed, if I had to pigeonhole him at all (and I don't, but I will), I might link him glancingly to George Chesbro (look him up)... especially the "Mongo" books, in feel if not story or style.

But if you're looking for a fun, fast read with, surprisingly, a little something on its mind, there are far worse places to go.

I, for one, will keep following Colt and enjoying the ride.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lainey Bancroft on June 5, 2012
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I read Pocket-47, the first book in this series, and was an instant fan of quirky PI Nicholas Colt. Colt is a complex and well-drawn character, the type of guy you'd like to buy a cold one just so he'd share a few episodes from his very colorful past. The author cleverly weaves the main protagonist's history into his current troubles in Pocket-47, and the same skill for showing all the right details for a reader to get to know and care about a character carries on in Crosscut.

I wasn't sure what to expect from book two, seeing as Pocket-47 ended with wild-card Colt being 'domesticated', but despite being a family man, Colt loses none of his edge. Author Jude Hardin also doesn't lose his edge for taking things from bad to worse. Just when you think Colt has hit rock bottom, Hardin digs the pit a little deeper with his non-stop action, unexpected twists, and deft hand for heaping violence and abuse.

As with book one, Crosscut ends with Colt at a serious crossroad in his life. I won't spoil a turn that took me by complete surprise, but I will say that in addition to battling a heroine addiction, Nicholas Colt is faced with the loss of something that has been a vital part of his life--of his identity. I definitely look forward to discovering what Hardin has in store for Colt in book three.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KBQ on June 5, 2012
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After reading Pocket-47 Jude Hardin's first novel in the Nicholas Colt series, I found myself a huge fan of the main character. A tough and rough around the edges former musician turned private investigator named Nicholas Colt. Colt although tough has the endearing quality of a big heart and he also possesses a strong desire for justice. He is also gifted with a quick/wry sense of humor and often times I found myself laughing out loud.
I could not wait to read Crosscut and it did not disappoint. Author Jude Hardin did it again. Crosscut was tied in very well with the first novel. Colt after meeting up with a friend is asked to solve the disappearance of her brother. After certain details are given, Colt suspects the Harvest Angels are back at work again. The Harvest Angels were a white supremacist terror group that were responsible for the deaths of Colt's first wife and daughter. This time out what Colt thought possibly a copy cat case ended up way more than he ever bargained for. Twist and turns and surprises around every corner and his biggest fear possibly realized again. Could he lose all that he has loved again or will he be able to fight his way through unspeakable pain and hardship and find his way back home??
I loved this book because it was not predictable. The element of shock and surprise and mystery were brilliantly woven throughout the pages of this entire book. It was a quick read. Easy to follow. Enough description to give vision to the readers imagination. The experience of so many emotions while reading kept this book very exciting with an eagerness on my part to keep going and find out what the next page had to reveal. The character of Nicholas Colt still reminds me of a Bruce Willis/Die Hard character or maybe a Clint Eastwood type. I am still a huge Nicholas Colt fan and Author Jude Hardin fan! Can't wait to see what is in store for Colt's next adventure! I highly recommend this for a great summer read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lololsn on July 25, 2012
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This was a fast, easy & very enjoyable read. I would have liked it even better if there was just one item that had been left out, which I truly hated & thought was totally unnecessary. It had some great twists & I was unable to figure out how he was going to get himself out of his situation. I liked "Pocket 47" a little bit better. I enjoyed them both enough that I have signed up for the next in the series coming out in Nov.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan on July 13, 2012
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Author Jude Hardin brings us his second novel and the second in the Nicholas Colt series. It was action packed and I absolutely could not put it down.
The story started out in the classic detective novel style but quickly escalates into a totally insane series of wild plot twists and turns. It was almost surreal at times the crazy directions this story took but yet the suspense really keeps you turning page after page. Some fantastical plot elements feel a little James Bond like, one particular sequence plays a bit like a horror story and some parts have a bit of Quentin Tarantino style edginess.
Somehow it all works. Wild stuff.
Like the first novel, Nicholas Colt does get the opportunity to play guitar and he gets in some trademark sarcastic humor. Also like Pocket 47, there is some graphic violence.
Hardin is really developing a style of his own that is quite an interesting take on the hard boiled detective novel.
This book is fast paced, suspenseful and lots of fun. Highly recommended.
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