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Past Crimes

por Glen Erik Hamilton

Séries: Van Shaw (1)

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When his estranged grandfather is shot and left for dead, an Army Ranger plunges into the criminal underworld of his youth to find a murderer . . . and uncovers a shocking family secret From the time he was six years old, Van Shaw was raised by his Irish immigrant grandfather Donovan to be a thief-to boost cars, beat security alarms, crack safes, and burglarize businesses. But at eighteen, Dono's namesake and protg suddenly broke all ties to that life and the people in it. Van escaped into the military, serving as an elite Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, after ten years of silence, Dono has asked his grandson to come home to Seattle. "Tar abhaile, ms fidir leat"-Come home, if you can. Taking some well-earned leave, Van heads to the Pacific Northwest, curious and a little unnerved by his grandfather's request. But when he arrives at Dono's house in the early hours of the morning, Van discovers the old thief bleeding out on the floor from a gunshot to the head. The last time the two men had seen each other Dono had also been lying on the floor-with Van pointing a gun at his heart. With a lifetime of tough history between him and the old man, the battle-tested Ranger knows the cops will link him to the crime. To clear his name and avenge his grandfather, Van must track down the shooter. Odds are strong that Dono knew the person. Was it a greedy accomplice? A disgruntled rival? Diving back into the illicit world he'd sworn to leave behind, Van reconnects with the ruthless felons who knew Dono best. Armed with his military and criminal skills, he follows a dangerous trail of clues that leads him deeper into Dono's life-and closer to uncovering what drove his grandfather to reach out after years of silence. As he plummets back into this violent, high-stakes world where right and wrong aren't defined by the law, Van finds that the past is all too present . . . and that the secrets held by those closest to him are the deadliest of all. Edgy and suspenseful, rich with emotional resonance, gritty action, and a deep-rooted sense of place, Past Crimes trumpets the arrival of a powerful new noir talent.… (mais)
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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. ( )
  lbswiener | Sep 20, 2023 |
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 | Sep 20, 2021 |
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 | Jun 5, 2020 |
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
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  DJadamson | Jan 4, 2018 |
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 | Jun 3, 2017 |
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When his estranged grandfather is shot and left for dead, an Army Ranger plunges into the criminal underworld of his youth to find a murderer . . . and uncovers a shocking family secret From the time he was six years old, Van Shaw was raised by his Irish immigrant grandfather Donovan to be a thief-to boost cars, beat security alarms, crack safes, and burglarize businesses. But at eighteen, Dono's namesake and protg suddenly broke all ties to that life and the people in it. Van escaped into the military, serving as an elite Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, after ten years of silence, Dono has asked his grandson to come home to Seattle. "Tar abhaile, ms fidir leat"-Come home, if you can. Taking some well-earned leave, Van heads to the Pacific Northwest, curious and a little unnerved by his grandfather's request. But when he arrives at Dono's house in the early hours of the morning, Van discovers the old thief bleeding out on the floor from a gunshot to the head. The last time the two men had seen each other Dono had also been lying on the floor-with Van pointing a gun at his heart. With a lifetime of tough history between him and the old man, the battle-tested Ranger knows the cops will link him to the crime. To clear his name and avenge his grandfather, Van must track down the shooter. Odds are strong that Dono knew the person. Was it a greedy accomplice? A disgruntled rival? Diving back into the illicit world he'd sworn to leave behind, Van reconnects with the ruthless felons who knew Dono best. Armed with his military and criminal skills, he follows a dangerous trail of clues that leads him deeper into Dono's life-and closer to uncovering what drove his grandfather to reach out after years of silence. As he plummets back into this violent, high-stakes world where right and wrong aren't defined by the law, Van finds that the past is all too present . . . and that the secrets held by those closest to him are the deadliest of all. Edgy and suspenseful, rich with emotional resonance, gritty action, and a deep-rooted sense of place, Past Crimes trumpets the arrival of a powerful new noir talent.

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