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Pawnbroker: A Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Jerry Hatchett
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Would you give killers what they want to get them to leave you and your family alone? Gray Bolton might, if he knew what "it" was. His life as a pawnbroker in a Mississippi town is good. He has a beautiful family and the future looks bright. Then he kills an armed robber and discovers that he was anything but a common criminal. Trouble cascades upon Bolton from the police, from home, and from unknown parties who may be the most vicious of all. They all appear to be after the same thing and they will all do anything to get it. Unfortunately, Bolton has no idea what that thing is. His battle to find out will test him in ways he couldn't have imagined, and the stakes are simple: Everything.

This thriller from Jerry Hatchett snatches you early and doesn't let go. It is fast, intense, and the pages thrum with authenticity. The author's style is smooth and easy with remarkable pacing throughout this afterburner of a debut, resulting in a tale that you literally cannot put down.

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About the Author

Jerry Hatchett (1959) was born and grew up in the creatively fertile Mississippi Delta, and lives and works now in Houston, Texas. A lifelong admitted geek, he loves to create fast stories around characters you can cheer for and against. His work features a crisp tight voice that pulls you in and doesn't let go.

Product Details

  • File Size: 497 KB
  • Print Length: 422 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988701200
  • Publisher: Red House Publishing (January 19, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LYDM4W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining September 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read books for entertainment. I don't get all caught up in how believable things are or how well a character is developed. If I am entertained by the book then it was worth the read and this book was very entertaining. If fact I started and finished it in and evening. It was an easy read and kept my interest to the point that before I knew it I was done reading it. Good job and look forward to reading more from Jerry.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pawnbroker - a great thriller October 17, 2012
By L. Cole
Format:Kindle Edition
PAWNBROKER is well written, easy to read and basically a top-notch thriller. The title character is Gray Bolton, an everyday man looking after his family and business who is unwittingly propelled into a deadly struggle against some powerful bad guys who will do anything to get something back from him. Suffice to say, the "something" is creepy, dangerous and extremely valuable. Fast-paced, with exciting twists and turns and a good sense of the Mississippi setting, I was hooked straight away by the sinister prologue and stayed hooked until the epilogue, which I thought was a nice touch. I found this novel "unputdownable" and devoured it in three sittings. Highly recommended, and I hope for more titles from the author.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but choppy April 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
There were many things I really enjoyed about this book, and a few areas for improvement. It was fast paced, harrowing and mind-boggling. The author also did an excellent job of giving the main character, Gray, and his investigator, Penny, very distinct and likeable characters. That said, there were a number of characters that weren't quite fleshed out enough, the main one being Abby. I would really like to have seen more from Abby's point of view that could maybe make me understand how she had gotten into such a terrible situation. The Sheriff was a serious sicko, and was very well drawn. One of the things I would have like to see, would be how they reversed the damage that had been done. All in all, I thought it was a highly entertaining read, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the author produces next.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IndieReader Review October 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Gray Bolton became a pawnbroker after careful research revealed it to be "a business as legitimate as any other" that would provide him a living in the small town of Montello, Mississippi. It also "looked like a lot of fun. And it was. At first." Then, like so many other careers, it became a matter of routine, of repetitive stories from predictable customers who all over-valued their cherished possessions. Or it was, until the day an armed man slipped by his defenses: bored by a regular customer's unfunny jokes, Gray failed to notice that the new customer at the door was wrapped in a long overcoat, despite the heat of a Mississippi August, and so failed to trigger the lock that would deny him entrance. Before long Casey finds himself staring into the barrel of a semiautomatic. But, he and his assistant have prepared for this and it is the would-be thief who ends up dead on the floor.

From there, Gray's life takes a turn for the worst and quickly slides into chaos: the local police act as if Gray was at fault in the shooting; the would-be thief was not who he seemed to be; and his wife, the stunning Abby, seems to just not care anymore. Before too long he finds himself on the run with Penny Lane, a beautiful ex-cop, now an investigator for the high-priced attorney Gray has hired, figuring that he would rather live in the poor-house than die in the electric-chair.

And so we're off. The story moves along at a sufficiently fast clip, with enough plot turns to keep the reader guessing and interesting characters mostly well fleshed out. Hints are dropped along the way for the attentive reader, though as the body count mounts the options for the final resolution do narrow.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Gray Bolton shoots a robber and suddenly discovers he's the marked man. Someone thinks he has something valuable, but Bolton has no idea what. To complicate matters, his wife is having an affair so Bolton finds himself fighting his battles alone.

A tightly woven thriller with a nice plot, good characterisation and excellent writing. I love the premise and the true to life way Bolton is harassed and abandoned by "the good people" of his town. Also loved the real life instead of the HEA ending. Definitely recommended.

This would be five stars except that I guessed who the mastermind was half way through the book and what the valuable item was and how it worked (don't want to spoil the plot too) the first time it turned up.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A great start that fizzled May 24, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book grabbed my attention with the Mississippi setting since that's where I was born and I love anything southern. Great beginning, interesting writing style, enjoyed the pace. I found it quite suspenseful initially, though I agree with another reviewer that the story was choppy. Then the whole scenario began to wear thin and tire me out -- not a good sign. The author simply lost me toward the end, and I had the feeling he was uncertain about how to bring the story to a close himself. The ending was too pat and unsatisfying.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pawnbroker January 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Pawnbroker is a thriller which tells the story of Gray Bolton and the changes his life undergoes after an attempted robbery goes wrong, sending his life into chaos. The story flows well, but at times some scenes were drawn out to the point I found myself skimming over them. The authors idea for a storyline was an interesting concept.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars not worth pawning
Not a bad read a few situations with character which leave a lot to be desired, it would develop a great pace then something occidental you say what happened. Read more
Published 3 days ago by screwed consumer
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting page turner..
A fun read that I didn't want to put down. If you like the style of John Grisham, you will like this book. I am now a Jerry Hatchett fan and will purchasing more of his novels.
Published 5 days ago by heatdoggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read
I really enjoyed this book. I was introduced to Mr. Hatchett by his other book, Seven Unholy Days, which I also enjoyed very much. This book was considerably better. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Just_Another_Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enticing
Hooked from the beginning. It starts off full of action and interesting tidbits and continues throughout the entire book. Made it a very fast read.
Published 6 days ago by Sandra Reid
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck
Too much foul language for me and I didn't think the plot was believable.
Published 7 days ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
though it was great, lots of action.........good job
Published 10 days ago by roblan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I took a chance on this and really enjoyed it. Worth reading.
Published 19 days ago by Stephanie Cranston
5.0 out of 5 stars plots and subplots surprise ending
This book was a fast reader kept ur interest to the end way to go Jerry
Published 21 days ago by James Peiffer
5.0 out of 5 stars I hated to stop
I consumed this book over the course of two nights, because once I started reading, I hated to stop... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars "Pawnbroker" was an exciting book from the very beginning. ...
"Pawnbroker" was an exciting book from the very beginning. The fact that the main characters were always a step ahead of the forces of evil, made it rather exciting. Read more
Published 28 days ago by p. par
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Jerry Hatchett (1959-) was born and grew up in the creatively fertile Mississippi Delta, and lives and works now in Houston, Texas. A lifelong admitted geek, he loves to create fast stories around characters you can cheer for and against. His work features a crisp tight voice that pulls you in and doesn't let go.

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