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Crosscut (A Nicholas Colt Thriller Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jude Hardin
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Book Description

Things are going pretty well for Nicholas Colt. He has a loving relationship with his wife, his blues band has a house gig at a club in Jacksonville, and his adopted daughter is finishing her senior year in high school. He has no intention of reactivating his PI licensee, and he certainly has no plans to travel to Tennessee to investigate a double homicide and an old girlfriend’s missing brother.

Until she tells him something that makes his heart pause and his jaw drop.

Are the Harvest Angels, the white supremacist militia that Colt shut down three years ago, back in business?

Colt makes the trip to the mountains and soon thinks he has it solved: typical copycat case. Unfortunately, another unimaginable atrocity is waiting for him back home in Florida. Colt walks into a bloodbath, and he soon realizes nothing is typical and nothing is solved.

While relentlessly hunting down those responsible, Colt is abducted, drugged, and brainwashed before he can alert the authorities. Now he is a pawn in a heinous scheme that is bigger, badder, and literally more earth-shattering than he could have possibly anticipated.

In this gripping follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut Pocket-47, Jude Hardin once again keeps the pace frantic and the suspense nonstop. With the stakes raised exponentially this time, Crosscut is sure to keep thriller lovers turning pages.

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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 618 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612183115
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XG3TE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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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 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in an afternoon! June 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read !!!! June 5, 2012
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
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this! July 25, 2012
By lololsn
Format:Kindle Edition
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed and crazy!! July 13, 2012
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I may try one more book from this author as he does have the ability...
This was my first Nicholas Colt mystery and I found the book somewhat interesting but Colt seems to be a "super hero" type character somehow able to survive the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ed
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining at first then was not credible. The heroes ...
Entertaining at first then was not credible. The heroes exploits and unlikely characters do not pull the reader into the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Published 2 months ago by Brenda Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Another excellent read from a good writer! keep it up. More of Nick please . I really enjoyed the storyline of this one as Nick went out of the State of Florida this time to do his... Read more
Published 2 months ago by evieg
4.0 out of 5 stars This novel continues a tale you thought you knew the ...
This novel continues a tale you thought you knew the ending to then throws you into completely different circumstances. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary E. Adair
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it!
An eerie, but all consuming tale.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Good, enjoyable and a thriller that keeps you reading until the end.
Make sure its on your kindle for your holidays
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm learning
I'm learning how Jude Hardin tells his stories. I was uncomfortable, or dissatisfied rather, at the last book for going off on a tangent. This one did too. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Misha Witham
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Fast paced thriller. Breezes over some parts of the story that could be better explained. Not terrible, I would probably read another in the series.
Published 5 months ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
I liked this book as it was really fast paced. Towards the middle it go just a little outrageous, but all in all a really good book. Loved the characters..Nicholas especially. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jwatson
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