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- From the start I was curious how being a washed-up rock star would make you a good private detective but tried to keep an open mind. Unfortunately, the more I read, the harder it was to swallow the premise. The so-called hero was abrasive and egotistical, and yes he did get beat up a lot, but he was also a perfect pool player who couldn't be beat, and he knew it.
- The love interest came out of the blue and was pretty far-fetched. He asks a girl in a bar some questions and she falls head-over-heels for him, calling him later that same night and offers to hook up with him. They do - with mind-blowing sex, of course - and they immediately are in love with each other.
- He was recommended as one of the best private detectives by a cop he knew, yet all he did was get a little information and immediately jump to the WRONG conclusion. Over and over. He cussed out the cops who said (..correctly..) he needed more evidence, then charged off and got an innocent man beaten and tortured before deciding he was wrong, then he immediately accuses another innocent person and gets her shot, before deciding he was wrong again. I'm sorry, but this guy is just too stupid to be a PI.
- His interactions with the motorcycle gang was not very believable, as well as the plot resolution.
On the plus side, I don't remember any typos/grammar errors, but I felt the entire plot was ridiculous, the characters unlikable, and the whole story irritating and unbelievable. Sorry, but I don't recommend.
Everybody that loves a yarn of murder and mayhem and readers of pulp fiction will love getting to know Nicholas Colt in this prequel to Jude Hardin's crime fiction series. The narration begins in the most personable of places, over drinks in a bar and just a hint that our cynical PI knows more than you do. So keep reading. He's the survivor of a plane crash that killed his family and the other members of the rock band he fronted. Every anniversary of the crash he hits the sauce hard. Colt lives in a camper trailer (Jim Rockford is grinning with approval). Things get mixed up quick though when a nineteen-year-old college student hires Colt to find his biological father, then disappears right underneath his hungover senses.
The strengths of this mystery is that just when you think you know what's going on, you don't. Neither does Colt and it's a lightening-paced read to discover the truth from his POV. At times he does repeat himself, or tell you the facts when you'd rather be shown more details, but the story is so interesting these are minor quirks to overlook.
Mr. Hardin has added a PI to the hardboiled canon that not only meets the prerequisites, but one that also re-shapes the archetype beyond the trench coat and the fedora.
I'm looking forward to devouring the other books in this series.
Author of Skin Deep Motives
Colt, the first offering in a new series by Jude Hardin is a gritty, no-holds-barred thriller that takes no prisoners and spares no sensibilities. Nicholas Colt is a man with a past, and a murky future, the quintessential anti-hero, but a character the reader can’t help but root for, and the cast of characters Hardin has assembled for this romp through murder and mayhem is first-rate in their madness. Started reading, and couldn’t put it down.
Towards the end I was patting myself on the back for figuring out the mystery before the hero did. But the author threw in a last twist that I missed completely. Oh well. I was close.
I think anyone who likes the noir private eye genre will enjoy this book.
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