"A Hard Man to Forget" falls well short of the bar set by the original novels. Those are marked by a wealth of detail and some fairly complex characterization. This short novel is lacking in both. Characterization is paper thin, with the protagonists having little complexity. The villain, too, feels like a stock character lifted straight out of a cartoon, and his motives are never fully established. Likewise, there is a dearth of detail, even though the story and setting provide ample opportunity for enrichment. Ames seems to favor brisk writing over detail, and the result is a more of a thin broth than a rich stew.