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Product Details

  • Series: Lieutenant George Hastings (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312545797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312545796
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,307,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Thin characterization mars Hunt's formulaic fourth novel featuring St. Louis homicide detective George Hastings (after 2009's The Assailant). After a falling-out with the police brass, Hastings gets assigned to the security detail of presidential aspirant Sen. Alan Preston, a Missouri Republican and former federal prosecutor. When John Reese, an ex-CIA operative Preston convicted for selling arms to Syria more than a decade earlier, escapes from prison bent on revenge, Preston declines FBI protection because he fears attracting unfavorable national media attention. Hastings, who takes an instant dislike to the politician, soon suspects Preston is being less than frank. Hunt adds nothing new to the familiar device of alternating between the perspectives of the would-be assassin and the person working frantically to thwart him. Since Preston comes across as such an unlikable phony, readers may root more for the assassin than the senator. (June)
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From Booklist

John Reese is a former CIA agent who was framed as a traitor while negotiating a Middle East gun deal as a deep-cover operative. As an ambitious young federal prosecutor, Alan Preston headed the legal team that put Reese away. Fifteen years later, Preston has presidential aspirations, and Reese has escaped from prison. St. Louis police lieutenant George Hastings, at odds with the police hierarchy, is pulled from his homicide beat to coordinate security for Preston until Reese is recaptured or killed. Preston’s naked ambition, arrogance, and allegiance to a shadowy security-mercenary firm repel Hastings. He investigates the original case and learns strong indications of prosecutorial misconduct were swept under the rug. Deftly combining an issue-driven political thriller with a crisp police procedural and a bit of international intrigue, Hunt produces a fascinating dual narrative highlighted by the growing respect between Reese and Hastings, the man assigned to catch him. Fine entertainment for fans of thought-provoking thrillers. --Wes Lukowsky

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Punished for his comment to his superior, St. Louis homicide detective George Hastings and his unit are assigned personal protection duty. They will perform security detail for the U.S. Senator from Missouri Alan Preston as he runs for the Republican presidential nomination.

However, the ambitious Preston's former job as a federal prosecutor comes back to haunt him. He got then CIA operative John Reese convicted of illegal selling of arms to Syria over ten years ago, but now the ex operative has escaped from the pen. Reese vowed during his trial to enact revenge and never swayed from his personal conviction during his decade behind bars. Preston rejects the FBI offer of protection as he does want a negative media spotlight shined on him. Hastings tries to keep Preston safe, but not only does he dislike the smooth politician, but believes the Senator is not telling the entire truth.

Rotating perspective between Reese and Hastings-Preston, the latest Hastings police procedural (see Good-bye Sister Disco and The Assailant) is an exhilarating fast-paced thriller (even without Maitland) in which the reader anticipates High Noon. Although Preston is a nasty individual who deserves the Macbeth treatment, fans will enjoy the expected encounter between Hastings and avenging Reese; who ironically is a much nicer person, even though he is now a psychopath, than the repugnant potential POTUS.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on May 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Lieutenant Hastings and his team are the best at their job. That is why their next job is to baby sit Senator Alan Preston. Seriously though! This is exactly what Lt. Hastings is thinking. He doesn't have time to watch over Senator Preston, when murder doesn't stop. Unfortunately, Lt. Hastings has no choice in the matter.

It seems that a John Reese, who was a former CIA agent and a trained sniper who supposedly betrayed his country has broken out of prison. When Senator Preston was a US District Attorney he prosecuted Reese. The last thing Reese before he was sent to prison was that he was coming after Preston. It appears that Senator Preston is hiding something from Hastings. It has to do with Reese. In a world of secrets, can Hastings find out the truth before it is too late?

The Silent Place is book four of the Lt. George Hastings novels. If you are a fan of political suspense thrillers then you should sneak past security and pick up a copy of The Silent Place today. This book pitted two strong characters...Hastings and Reese, against each other. They were playing this dangerous game of Hunter and the Hunted. I was cheering for both men. There wasn't a moment in this book where I wasn't intrigued. The ending I thought was alright. Though nothing that won't keep me from checking out books one through three. James Patrick Hunt has me on the hunt for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve N on February 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This was the fourth of Mr. Hunt's "George Hastings" novels I've read and he hits every note in this fast paced thriller. Good plot development with twists and turns keeps the reader guessing, and his characterization was spot on. The dialogue is fast paced, with no words wasted, a trademark of Mr. Hunt's novels.
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