Synopses & Reviews
"There's hard-boiled detective fiction and then there are the Joe Kurtz thrillers from Dan Simmons...Hard As Nails is hard to beat." -Rocky Mountain News
If You're Going To Shoot Joe Kurtz...
Ex-PI Joe Kurtz's survival is on the line when an ambush leaves him badly wounded and his parole officer Peg O'Toole barely 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. But Kurtz knows who's at the head of his list: Angelina Farino Ferrara, the lethal beauty who leads the Farino crime family, as well as her mob rival, ice cold Toma Gonzaga, who has his own dark history with Kurtz.
You'd Better Shoot To Kill.
The odd thing is, each wants to hire Joe Kurtz to find out who's been waging war beneath the cold gray skies of western New York. Until now, the casualties have been heroin junkies and their dealers. But now, the shootings of Kurtz and O'Toole have drawn the notice of both the newspapers and Buffalo PD Detective Rigby King, who shared Kurtz's tough childhood in a Buffalo orphanage, and who wants to put Kurtz back in prison-or back in her bed. Even Kurtz's jaded past cannot prepare him for what he's about to learn as he finds himself caught in an ever-tightening vise between the wounded and warring mob families and the cops, unaware that a maniac is waiting for his chance to strike...
"The appeal of Mike Hammer, Parker or Burke." -Booklist
"Readers picking up a copy of "Hard as Nails," the latest in Simmons' Joe Kurtz series, can expect just a whole lot of action and thrills...a hard-charging, pile-driving crime-thriller that bull-dogs its way to several climaxes...a potent entertainment for those who take their drinks without the little umbrellas."-Denver Post
"There's hard-boiled detective fiction and then there are the Joe Kurtz thrillers from Dan Simmons. The Kurtz books make the majority of noir novels read like tea cozy mysteries...[The] Kurtz novels are some of the best thrillers you'll find...HARD AS NAILS is hard to beat." -Rocky Mountain News
"No one changes lanes from SF to horror to crime fiction more dexterously than the prolific, protean Simmons, who...seldom provides less than a page-turner." -Kirkus Reviews
"PI Joe Kurtz is back in the wringer, and the versatile Simmons cranks it for all its worth...A nice, dark, all-purpose thriller with some of the appeal of Mike Hammer, Parker or Burke, and all the fun of Mac Bolan, Executioner."-Booklist
"The suspense is irresistible."-The Charlotte Observer
"Another great performance in [Simmons's] series featuring Joe Kurtz...lots of explosive action, including an exceptionally cinematic, pulse-pounding conclusion." -State Journal
From the icy aggression of the streets of Buffalo to the dark secrets of a mountaintop populated by corpses, former private eye Joe Kurtz must track down the assailants who put his partner in a coma before they return for him.
About the Author
Since his first published short story won the Rod Serling Memorial Award in the 1982 Twilight Zone Magazine Short Fiction contest, Dan Simmons
has won some of the top awards in science fiction, horror, fantasy, and thriller genres, as well as honors for his mainstream fiction. His books include the Joe Kurtz novels Hardcase
and Hard Freeze
as well as the science fiction epic Ilium
. He lives along the Front Range of Colorado, where he is currently at work on a new Joe Kurtz novel.