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Pawnbroker: A Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Jerry Hatchett
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)

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Book Description




"If you like the driving story of early Grisham and the relentless pace of Patterson, you're gonna love Jerry Hatchett!"

Far from the glitz and show of Pawn Stars, Gray Bolton runs a real pawn shop in a small Mississippi town. It's a quiet life, a good life, but when Bolton kills an armed robber, what follows is a harrowing fight for survival that dwarfs any reality TV.

Despite the fact that the shooting was self-defense, trouble slams Bolton from every direction. He scrambles to recover, but his enemies are desperate and relentless. They also appear to be growing in number. He doesn't know who he can trust but he must have help, so he teams up with Penny Lane, a beautiful investigator who adds yet another complexity into his life, especially his marriage.

When he thinks it can't get worse, it gets much worse, as a lethal mix of betrayal, deceit, and violence roils around him. The web reaches beyond the known criminal element and into the local power structure. His world crumbles. His family is threatened. Even though Bolton doesn't know what they're after, he is utterly certain of one thing:  He's going to make them pay dearly for it.

Pawnbroker is an adrenalized tale that pulls you in and doesn't let go. Join the tens of thousands who have already taken the ride. Scroll up and get your copy right now. You won't be sorry.

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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: #13,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 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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30 of 33 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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22 of 24 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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10 of 10 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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10 of 11 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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7 of 7 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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12 of 15 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
5.0 out of 5 stars ATF
I am an avid reader of everything but unfortunately i have a new All Time Favorite!!! My business, kids, dogs, wife, even my girlfriend will all be completely ignored while I... Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars twists and turns
I enjoyed this mystery. It was different than what I usually like. The twist and turns were enjoyable! I look forward to reading more from this author.
Published 2 days ago by Tjay
3.0 out of 5 stars Got a little boring.
It started out fine. I liked the humor and the character. The plot got a little stale and boring about midway through.
Published 3 days ago by Tom R Forsythe
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to get excited about
Started out OK went flat in the middle laborious last 1/3, Not a critic, per se, but the author seemed to use irregular descriptive terms.
Published 5 days ago by BigPoppaK
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
I enjoyed this book because it was a fast read, meaning it kept my interest from beginning to end. It had some interesting twist during the story that could change how you felt... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Irving Ladue
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller takes place in the South, with a serious twist on why a mans...
A mans' life is suddenly changed for killing an apparent armed robber who was not who he seemed. By the end of the story, you wonder if there are any people left for the pawnbroker... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jay Selig
3.0 out of 5 stars keeps interest
title was a little "off", main characters occupation was a pawnbroker, nothing much after the encounter in the shop that starts the ball rolling. Read more
Published 9 days ago by quiltz
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the story
I never thought much about the pawnbroker business before, but this gave a glimpse into that world. Gray was a good character as a hero. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Patricia D Stone
3.0 out of 5 stars Pawnbroker
Good story. Simplistic, yet hard to follow at times. Good characterization. First online book I read. Hard to break old habits.
Published 10 days ago by Gary Bolinsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the kind of book you'd expect
From beginning to end this book kept me interested. It has so many twists and turns as the story unfolds. Excellent!
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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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