Godless Country (Hardback)Alaric Hunt (author)
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Publisher: Minotaur Books,US
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 236 x 155 x 26 mm
"[Hunt] sketched out a story set in New York City, a place he had never visited, and he dreamed up an odd-couple dynamic between Rachel Vasquez, a street-smart teenage operative working for a middle-aged, middle-class detective named Clayton Guthrie...What Hunt executes well...is the character of Vasquez, her sibling tensions and her existential struggles." --Sarah Weinman, The New York Times
"Sometimes, a crime novel grabs you on the first page with its plot. Sometimes, it's the writing. Rarely is it the author's background. But in 'Cuts Through Bone'..., Alaric Hunt hits the trifecta in his debut.
Hunt, a native of Kentucky, has been serving life in prison in South Carolina for arson and murder since 1988. In 2010, he looked through a copy of Writer's Market in the prison library and saw a listing for the Private Eye Writers of America contest. The result was his victory for best first private eye novel.
And what a novel....Hunt, absent from the outside world for a quarter century, infuses this novel with strikingly rich descriptions of his characters and settings....'Cuts Through Bone'...shimmers with intelligence as it melds the beautiful with the profane. A work of keen originality by a writer of profound power, Hunt's debut offers moving testimony that steel bars can imprison the body but not necessarily the mind, nor the heart." --Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Hunt's enticing investigators invite a series, and the red-herring-riddled gumshoe story explodes into a climax rivaling those of Robert Crais and Ridley Pearson." --Booklist
"Despite its modern touches, Hunt's down-and-dirty debut harkens back to Sam Spade and other classic private eyes." --Kirkus Reviews
"Debut author Alaric Hunt has a winner in Cuts Through Bone, a deeply compelling and colorfully gritty detective thriller with a truly unique pair of private detectives. Plot development is intense as Hunt ratchets up the tension to an explosive ending." --Fresh Fiction
"Get ready for one helluva ride. Cuts Through Bone is one hardboiled rip, heavy on Noo Yawk color, slam-bang action, and a breezy, slang-filled style that isn't afraid to strut its stuff." --Mystery Scene Magazine
"The plot is great. The vast amount of secondary characters is very accomplished....The last scene...is impressively written....[Hunt] says...he does not crave fame, and fortune is largely irrelevant, but that writing is emotionally satisfying. 'When I am writing a novel, I am outside this place, ' he says. I have a feeling this impressive 'new' talent will be outside that place often in the future, putting down words that henceforth will have a place to go: a home, in a book, in a world that sometimes feels like a dream." --Curtis Dawkins, BULL
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