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BooksInMirror | 1 outra crítica | Feb 19, 2024 |
Past Crimes is a book that keeps its point of view from beginning to end. Although it reads like a book that was written for teenage boys with language, killings, revenge, diamonds and missed meetings. Therefore, only 3 1/2 stars were given in this review.½
lbswiener | 11 outras críticas | Sep 20, 2023 |
The third in the Van Shaw series featuring an ex-Army Ranger in Seattle. Shaw is trying to figure out what to do with his life after leaving the Army. He needs a new cause and may just have found it by the end of the book. Along the way - gold bars, ex-cons and maybe the score of a lifetime. The pace builds in the story and the second half is action packed with a few twists. Lots of local color too.½
MM_Jones | 2 outras críticas | Oct 2, 2021 |
Past Crimes (2015) (Van Shaw #1) by Glen Erik Hamilton. Van Shaw, Army Ranger, gets 10 days leave to go home to Seattle. During his time in the military Van and his only relative, his grandfather Dono, have not communicated. But a one line message from Dono asking Van to come home sets the Ranger quickly on his way.
But not fast enough. Van gets back to the house he lived in with his grandfather for the better part of eight years only to find the old man shot and barely hanging on. The cops are very interested in Dono, and the reasons for Van return home. Dono had a past, mostly unprosecuted but bright on the police radar.
Van sets off to track the shooter, his every move followed closely by the police. Van knows all about his grandfather’s past, even learning the tradecraft involved. It is one of the things that takes him a good Ranger and is a set of skills he employs frequently in the hunt. Dono’s friends are there to help Van, but he mostly has to go solo.
As this is the first in a proposed series, there are a lot of characters to be introduced and plenty of backstory to go through. The latter is handled cleverly by inserting episodes of on-the-job teaching moments during the years the pair were together.
We don’t get a lot of the physical action side of the Ranger, but we see the deployment of his smarts, both military and criminal (as if there were a great difference) that makes great soldiers out of good ones.
The pacing revs up throughout the book, several bodies and killings occur, the reasons behind everything slowly come to light, and a new heroic character comes into being. He isn’t a “white hat” good guy, he knows his way around the shadier streets of Seattle, but he takes an assault on family and friends very personally. This was a very good read indeed.
TomDonaghey | 11 outras críticas | Sep 20, 2021 |
JCGirl | 2 outras críticas | Aug 23, 2021 |
Van Shaw is an unapologetic, unrepentant, and really good, thief. He's good at his "job," having learned it from his grandpa, and though he is supposedly rehabilitated into polite society, he, and the author, make no apologies for his lifestyle. That's refreshing in a novel. Van is also ex-military, so in the character of Shaw, Glen Erik Hamilton is able to combine heist derring-do with military acumen along with a nice dose of electronic savvy to enable Shaw to get out of and into almost any rough situation in which he finds himself (or actively seeks to enter himself).

This particular story involves corporate espionage and murder, and Van tangles himself up in both after finding himself the fall guy in the schemes of the rich and amoral. His adventure takes him cross-country in an attempt to clear his name, bring the perpetrators to justice, and right the wrongs done by the Evil Corporations.

The story is fun, suspenseful, and action-packed, though following the whys and wherefores of the motives and reasons behind the corporatists' actions was challenging. The theme of the Evil Corporation is also a little tired at this point; can we not find a more varied set of villains?

Finally a word about style: the author has a nasty and annoying fragment habit, marring an otherwise nice writing style. Here is one particularly egregious example:

"Hargreaves knew that Tucker and the others had been talking among themselves about Bao and about the lawyer, Linda Edgemont. Making their own guesses as to what had happened to each."

And another:

"Shaw cruised past [three used-car dealers] during the next hour. Taking his time to get a good look."

I'm all for bending grammatical rules when they make sense. These fragments just don't.

Finally, a word to the publisher: the best parts of the story are currently revealed in the book's jacket synopsis. If it's not too late to edit that, readers will greatly appreciate not being told half the story before they read the first page.
ChayaLovesToRead | 2 outras críticas | Jul 25, 2021 |
Van Shaw is part criminal and part military and not really my kind of guy and yet I love this series. Some of that may be the settings since I'm in Seattle and so is he. I listen to the audiobooks and the reader this time was excellent except he could not get his tongue around the name of my neighborhood grocery - Uwajimaya. It made me giggle every time he tried. Van goes to Oregon in this book to help and friend and gets into it with miscreants and fellow vets. Good story.
susandennis | 1 outra crítica | Jul 7, 2020 |
I have a love/meh relationship with this series. Van Shaw was raised by a con man/thief and has all the skills himself but kind of doesn't use them much. But doesn't do much of anything else. There is an indication that this may take a turn for the better in the next in the series which is already out as I read this, so I'll read it, too.
susandennis | 2 outras críticas | Jun 5, 2020 |
I am always delighted when I find a new to me author. Especially one with a series and most especially one with a series that already has Book 2 published!! And I love the character - all the characters and it takes place in my own Seattle. Perfection all around. I have already bought book 2 in the series and have high hopes.
susandennis | 11 outras críticas | Jun 5, 2020 |
The third book in Hamilton's Van Shaw series, Every Day Above Ground might be the best one yet. The occasional shifts into Shaw's past work seamlessly, and the plot builds and builds, bringing together everything you'd want in an action-based thriller. There were a lot of characters, and I have a feeling my read might have suffered if I'd taken longer to read it or hadn't had the earlier books so fresh in mind, but reading the book in three long sittings made for a perfect escape--and, honestly, it wasn't as if I wanted to put the book down at all. Hamilton's writing is masterful, and the characters are believable enough that a reader can sink into their world and feel as if they're reading more truth than fiction, gritty and hard-hitting as they are.

With the depth of character and the intricate plots, I do think the Shaw novels work best when read quickly, but I certainly recommend them. I've devoured all three, and can't wait for more.½
whitewavedarling | 2 outras críticas | Jul 1, 2018 |
Van Shaw, raised by his grandfather to be a thief, is stolen from a straight-an-narrow life back into the mayhem of his father’s world when his grandfather is found critically shot. Who shot him then is the overall mystery. Yet, while the mystery is intriguing, it is the relationship between Van Shaw and his grandfather that keeps the readers hooked. The relationship feels real. Granted, it is not the life most of us have grown up in, but considering theirs, the situation and problems come across authentically. This relationship is expertly developed by the use of flashbacks.
Hamilton uses flashbacks to compare past motives—character and crime history—with present circumstances. This ability to offer backstory along with story is nicely peppered allowing the reader access, along with the protagonist, to what is morally right and wrong. The more the characters become known, the more this line becomes fuzzy.
The draw of Past Crimes comes from the tension of the family dynamic between grandson and grandfather, and it is this tension that raises the game of plot twists, turns, and enables a surprise ending. Hard Cold Winter, his newest, has just been released. Find both on Amazon.

Reviewed in Le Coeur de l'Artiste http://www.djadamson.com/le-coeur-de-lartiste
DJadamson | 11 outras críticas | Jan 4, 2018 |
This was such a fast read, and in some ways, it absolutely lived up to the first book in the series, which I adored. In some other ways, I was hoping for more, I admit.

Hamilton created such a great character in Van Shaw--he drew me into the first book from page 1, and kept me hooked. Although he was part of what kept me involved with this second installment, though, I guess I wanted more development, and instead he felt pretty unchanged. I don't want to say he was flat, because he felt real and complex, but I guess I wanted to see him more affected, or at least at some point struggling on more than a superficial level. As with the first book, I loved the glimpses back into his past, and when it came to character, those were the best parts of the book.

But all that said, the plotting and the storyline were great here, as before, and they kept me engaged. If anything, there might have been one twist too many because it moved so incredibly quickly, but it was an action-packed ride that I couldn't put down, so I really can't complain on this front.

All told, there's no doubt that I'll continue with the series, and absolutely recommend it to others.
whitewavedarling | 1 outra crítica | Aug 14, 2017 |
Fast-paced and twisting, this is one of those mystery/suspense novels that's hard to put down. The characters at the center of the book--and especially the main character, Van Shaw--are believable and engaging, and Hamilton's use of atmosphere is masterful. The more I read of this work, the more I didn't want it to stop.

All told, I'll keep reading the Van Shaw series and any other works to come from Glen Erik Hamilton; the depth and believability of character here were incredibly refreshing for a work like this, and I'd recommend it in a moment.
whitewavedarling | 11 outras críticas | Jun 3, 2017 |
For ten years Van Shaw's grandfather had not attempted to contact him, but now the message in Gaelic is not just a request, almost a command, and Van knows that his grandfather would not be asking if he didn't need him urgently.

He arrives at his grandfather's house to find Dono on the floor bleeding from a gunshot to the head. Some one flees the house just as he comes in. He has ten days leave from the army, just ten days to find out who shot Dono and why Dono had asked him to come home. A lot happens in the next ten days and all the action adds a sense of urgency to the novel, as his grandfather lingers in a coma in hospital.

Van finds that he still has some of the skills that his grandfather had taught him in his teens and the army has given him strength and resilience.

A good read that moves at a breathtaking pace. Apparently the first of a series featuring Van Shaw.½
smik | 11 outras críticas | Apr 19, 2017 |
A military man (Van) has a leave to go home to see his elderly grandfather who has been shot and is near death. His grandfather (Dono) has a long criminal past and we find that Van has done some unsavory things in his youth. Over time we find that Dono is involved in a plot to steal millions of dollars of diamonds. Others die and eventually so does his granddad. So the mystery is where are the diamonds and who shot his granddad? A really great book worthy of all the acclaim it has received.
muddyboy | 11 outras críticas | Aug 4, 2016 |
This book by Hamilton is a continuation of stories about Van Shaw. This is my first experience with Van Shaw and I liked what I saw. From a diverse background of the main character the mystery flows from one unforeseen event to another, making you keep reading to find out what is going to happen next. Enjoyed the many characters, and they are characters. Received from Goodreads giveaways and for this book I am happy.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" "To Whom It May Concern" and "Tell Me About the United Methodist Church"
whoizme8 | 1 outra crítica | May 24, 2016 |
Army Ranger Van (Donovan) Shaw -- prompted by a note from his grandfather to "Come home, if you can." -- takes a ten-day leave only to find the old man near death lying on the living room floor. The grandfather, Dono (also short for Donovan and Van's namesake) has an oozing gunshot wound behind the ear. Immediately afterwards, Van hears the house's back door slamming shut, and then receding footsteps. It sets Van on a mission to discover who'd tried to kill Dono, and why. Van's grandfather, a meticulous burglar with a life of crime in his past, is who'd tutored Van (as an adolescent) on the intricacies of breaking and entering, plus how to evade the law. Van knows Dono pretty well because, after being orphaned at six, Van had lived with his grandfather until reaching age eighteen. That's when the pair had a violent quarrel, and so no longer able to be Dono's partner in crime, Van ran off to join the army. Now, ten years later, Van begins to piece together a list of possible suspects who'd want to kill his grandfather. Was it a new associate of Dono's, or one from the past?

The storyline unwinds with intermittent flashback episodes of Van's life at different ages. One relates to Van being in foster care as Dono serves a single short sentence behind bars, while other sequences show the master thief, Dono, giving his passed-on knowledge to grandson Van. Readers will easily get why Van continues to hear his grandfather's guiding words in his ear, even as Dono remains comatose and at death's door in the hospital.

This is a tale that can appeal to readers of many genres. It's a grand whodunit, and there's a bit for caper lovers in it, with other parts for those who like treasure-hunt reads too. Those features will keep its reader hooked: but for me, what made this book such and undeniable gem stems from the palpable bond between its two protagonists. Yes, in my opinion, two -- Dono, the grandfather, and Van, the grandson, -- dual parts that make the Donovan whole. The complexity of their partnership, the working details of their burglary jobs shared, all the ins and outs of their PAST CRIMES, make this a totally absorbing read. At the finish, I at once knew there'd be parts I'd be reading over again.
PaperDollLady | 11 outras críticas | Feb 18, 2016 |
I've reads many First in a New Series books. Sometimes they continue and sometimes I never hear of the series or the author again. It doesn't seem to matter if I liked the series. So I go into a new debut projected series carefully. I liked this book. There was a very nice mix of current crime and past backstory. I can see it going forward as our hero tries to find where he fits in the civilian world and how he can manage the fallout of his grandfather's life of crime. I do hope this series continues.
susanbeamon | 11 outras críticas | Aug 26, 2015 |
Army Ranger Van Shaw has returned to Seattle at the request of his long-estranged grandfather. But there will be no answers regarding the cryptic note he received from the man who’d taken him in after his mother’s death: he arrives at his grandfather’s home to find him lying in a pool of blood, shot in the head. And their abstruse history, he realizes, will make him a prime suspect in this shooting.
Resolute, Van sets out to solve the mystery surrounding his grandfather’s shooting, only to discover that the past is not at all what he has always believed it to be.

A tense, pulse-pounding page-turner, “Past Crimes” will keep readers on the edge of their seats from the very first page.

Highly recommended.
jfe16 | 11 outras críticas | Feb 4, 2015 |
Past Crimes (A Van Shaw Novel)
By: Glen Erik Hamilton
Harper Collins March 2015 Pages. 336
Copy Courtesy of The Reading Room
Reviewed By: tk

Van Shaw is contacted by his grandfather with a note saying he needs him to come home. Unfortunely that is all it said. Van has to take leave to from the Army to go back to his home town. His grandfather hasn’t spoken to him in years, why now? With his own reservations, Van answers his grandfathers summons only to find him in terrible straits. Unable to communicate, Van must try to figure out what is happening before its to late.

Van is a bold, strong, risk taker. Someone I would love to be around. He seems to energize the people who encounter him. He has a small group of supporting friends of his own , and his grandfathers, and will help him discover the truth.

This thriller will take you breath away in anticipation of coming events throughout this fantastic story of family, rivals, jealousy, and murder.
An must have addition. 5/5
doseofbella | 11 outras críticas | Jan 16, 2015 |
I like the Van Shaw character, who reminds me of Jack Reacher in some ways. But I found it frustrating that a guy who is so street smart caused problems for himself and found himself in dangerous situations which he should have anticipated and avoided. Good character development and smooth transitions between past and present in the story.
ewhatley | 11 outras críticas | Jan 6, 2015 |
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