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eBook Hard as Nails: A Joe Kurtz Novel epub
  • ISBN: 0312305281
  • Author: Dan Simmons
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Mystery
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • ePUB size: 1202 kb
  • FB2 size 1622 kb
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Joe Kurtz novels by Dan Simmons.

Joe Kurtz novels by Dan Simmons. St. martin's/minotaur paperbacks. For information address St. Martin's Press. 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010.

Simmons Da. ARD AS NAILS A JOE KURTZ NOVEL DAN SIMMONS. Joe Kurtz had made more than a few enemies during his eleven and a half years serving time for manslaughter in Attica, and odds were poor that he'd last long in general population, even in County

Simmons Da. Joe Kurtz had made more than a few enemies during his eleven and a half years serving time for manslaughter in Attica, and odds were poor that he'd last long in general population, even in County. In addition to validating his parking stubs, Peg O'Toole had probably saved his life. She was waiting for him when he knocked on the door and entered her second-floor office.

His books include the Joe Kurtz novels Hardcase and Hard Freeze as well as the new science fiction epic Ilium. However, with 'Hard as Nails', Simmons stumbles

His books include the Joe Kurtz novels Hardcase and Hard Freeze as well as the new science fiction epic Ilium. He lives along the Front Range of Colorado, where he is currently at work on a new Joe Kurtz novel. However, with 'Hard as Nails', Simmons stumbles. I found quite a few plot holes and grammatical errors as I read the book, which I normally overlook, or (quite honestly) tend not to notice.

His books include the Joe Kurtz novels Hardcase and Hard Freeze as well as the science fiction epic Ilium. Библиографические данные. Hard as Nails: A Joe Kurtz Novel Joe Kurtz Novels (Том 3). Автор.

Book in the Joe Kurtz Series). The best Kurtz novel yet. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 15 years ago. This is Simmons' third Joe Kurtz novel and they just keep getting better and better. by Dan Simmons and Milena Benini. These pulp style 'detective' novels are reminiscent of Chandler and others. However Simmons takes the genre to an all new level. From page one you are drawn in and eagerly wanting to turn that next page but never wanting the book to end. Each of the novels builds on the last but they grow with each new story. Start at the beginning of the series, you'll be glad you did.

The best hard-boiled novel I've read in several years. Clearly better than Simmons' first two Joe Kurtz books. Those books both had major flaws, in my opinion.

If you're going to shoot Joe Kurtz, you'd better shoot to kill. The best hard-boiled novel I've read in several years.

HARD AS NAILS A JOE KURTZ NOVEL DAN SIMMONS "Hard," replied the Dodger. As nails," added Charley Bates. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens CHAPTER ONE On the day he was shot in the head, things were going strangely well for Joe Kurtz. In fact, things had been going strangely well for weeks. Later, he told himself that he should have known that the universe was getting ready to readjust its balance of pain at his expense

Dan Simmons has won more than 50 major American and international awards for his fiction.

Dan Simmons has won more than 50 major American and international awards for his fiction.

Somewhere in Western New York, there's a remote mountaintop in the moonlight, its dark forests and moon-dappled meadows populated only by corpses. If ex-PI Joe Kurtz doesn't unravel the secret of that place in five days, he'll be one of them.Everyone seems to want a piece of Kurtz these days and most succeed in getting one. Unknown assailants gun down Kurtz and his female parole officer, giving Kurtz the headache of a lifetime but putting pretty Peg O'Toole on life support. Working his own case through a haze of concussion migraine, Kurtz has to deal with Toma Gonzaga, the gay don who owes Kurtz a blood debt, and Angelina Farino Ferrara, the female don who is after Kurtz's body-or maybe just his head.And while someone is murdering all the heroin addicts in Buffalo and hauling away the bodies, a serial killer called the Artful Dodger hatches his twisted plan.In Kurtz's corner is police detective Rigby King, a beautiful woman who had been his young lover when they were both rebellious teenagers in Father Baker's Orphanage. Rigby also has designs on Joe Kurtz, but whether they're aimed at bedding or abetting him, helping him stay alive or simply putting him away for life, Kurtz will have to discover the hard way.Lightning fast pace and unrelenting action are the hallmarks of this series, but the epic struggle portrayed in this book sets a new standard for crime fiction. Saturated with the ragged-edged aggression of the Buffalo streets, Dan Simmons's Hard As Nails comes down like a hammer smashing a thumb on a cold day.
Comments: (7)
Ffyan
I am a big Dan Simmons fan - he is by far my favorite author and he has captivated me for many years. From 'Summer of Night' through 'Ilium', he masters genres like a pro.
The Joe Kurtz series is a wonderful idea, and I enjoyed the first 2 books in the series a lot.
However, with 'Hard as Nails', Simmons stumbles. I found quite a few plot holes and grammatical errors as I read the book, which I normally overlook, or (quite honestly) tend not to notice. However, when Simmons refers to the character Rigby King as "Ridley" at one point, I have to say I was a little concerned with my favorite author. Perhaps he rushed the book or perhaps he didn't have a good editor.
Nonetheless there were a couple of points where his narrative contradicted what happened previously. It dragged me back to reality, and spoiled the book for me.
Also, SPOILER ALERT, if you read the 2nd book in the Kurtz series, there is a very similar resolution at the end of the novel. Kurtz' ass is saved by the exact same character who saved him in book 2. Repetition of plot resolutions do not amuse me!
It felt forced, and even though it does not technically qualify, it felt like a Deus Ex Machina.
I love Simmons and will read everything he writes. I just wish this book were better. As it stands, though, a middling Simmons novel is still better than most anything else!
in keeping with Simmons' style, I refuse to proof-read my email, so let the typos fly, baby!
-newfers
Nagis
This is the third in Simmons' hard-boiled series of Joe Kurtz books, and it's another winner. It's a little more predictable than the first two (not surprising with later series entries), but still a good read-- and we now know who Kurtz's father is (or we do if we are fans of Richard Stark).

I'm used to noir heroes getting beat up and abused: Philip Marlowe and the Continental Op and Travis McGee and every two-bit gumshoe gets pummelled into unconsciousness or winged by a gat or tortured unmercifully on every other case. But Simmons is REALLY cruel to Kurtz. In every book, he's so abused you just wanna tell him to sit down and have a beer and watch Oprah and recover a little. Hell, I thought he was pretty much dead at the end of the second book. Now, here he is, back again. Ten pages in, though, he's pretty much dead again. Simmons: Give Kurtz a break!

Simmons is always worth reading-- if you've read the first two Kurtzes, you'll want to read this one.
Morlurne
I liked the three books in this series. Shame that's all he wrote.
Samulkree
Joe Kurtz, ex PI, ex con is one of the most interesting antiheros currently being written about. Simmons blends the atmosphere and mood of western New York into a modern noir canvas, and Kurtz and his former lover Rigby inhabit that world in a gray area of law and order that is both disturbing and realistic. Even after getting shot in the head, Kurtz displays the almost herculean toughness that would make Spenser wince - hence the title. The plot moves from place to place with a randomness that seems incongruous, but ultimately is very satisfying in the end. One of the best mystery/detective novelists working today. I highly reccommend going to Simmon's back list and catching up with the rest of his fans. He seldom has disappointed.
Minnai
Love the protagonist. A real anti-hero. I hope Simmons does some new stories with him.
Doktilar
This is the third and so far last installment in the series with Joe Kurtz as the main character. This book was a great read and I truly hope that Mr. Simmons decides to pick up this series again.

"Ex-PI Joe Kurtz's survival is on the line when an ambush leaves him badly wounded and his parole officer, Peg O'Toole, barley clinging to life. Their respective professions have ensured that neither suffers from a shortage of enemies, so discovering which of them was the intended target isn't easy."

And the action continues from there and keeps you engaged until the last page!
Snake Rocking
Just about the time you get to relaxing and get into the story, another incomprehensible typo jangles the storyline. I've applied for a refund. The sad thing is that I'm an avid Dan Simmons fan.

Here are some sample sentences from the first 7% of the book

*T11 get an orderly and a gurney.

But he had to admit that tins old man was a finalist in that contest.

Later, he told himself that he should have known that die universe was getting
ready to readjust its balance of pain at his expense.

It had a Confederate flag hung on die side of it and a clapped-out '72 Camaro
parked outside.

"How about die cheerleader?"
Please write more Kurtz novels!
He is the biggest bad ass!
I thought Jack Reacher was tough but Joe could take him!
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