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Dead men's dust / Matt Hilton.

By: Hilton, Matt, 1966-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Hilton, Matt, Joe Hunter thriller: 1.; Joe Hunter thriller: 1.Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2009Edition: First edition.Description: 346 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780340978221 (pbk.); 9780340978238 (pbk.); 9780340978214.Subject(s): Hunter, Joe (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Veterans -- Fiction | Vigilantes -- Fiction | English -- United States -- Fiction | Serial murderers -- United States -- Fiction | English -- United States -- Fiction | Serial murderers -- United States -- FictionGenre/Form: Thrillers (Fiction) | Detective and mystery fiction. | Mystery and detective stories. | Action and adventure fiction.DDC classification: Rental Fiction
Contents:
"It's time for a new hero. Introducing Joe Hunter in Dead men's dust"--Cover. -Joe Hunter is on the trail of his missing and estranged brother . . . and the madman who may have taken him. Joe Hunter solves problems. Or, as he likes to put it, he's "the weapon sent in when all the planning is done and all that's left is the ass kicking." And as a former military operative and ex-CIA agent, he's good at what he does. But when he's told that his brother - with whom he hasn't been on the best of terms - has disappeared, he learns that everything he's faced before is child's play compared to what's coming.
Subject: Meet Joe Hunter: Britain's best vigilante -- fighting America's worst criminals. 'Some may call me a vigilante. I think I've just got problems to fix.' Right now, Joe Hunter's big problem is a missing little brother, last seen fleeing the site of a gruesome killing. Hunter needs the help of an old army buddy, a whole lot of hardware and a trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, to fix this particular problem. A brutal encounter with some very nasty criminals leaves Hunter fighting for his life. And that's before he comes up against America's most feared serial killer, 'The Harvestman', and his grisly souvenirs of death. But blood is thicker than water. And a lot of blood will be spilt ...DEAD MEN'S DUST introduces Joe Hunter, an all action hero with a strong moral code. Like the gunslingers of the Wild West, Hunter is not afraid to use his weapons and his fists -- but only to save the victims from the bad guys.
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Hunter's problem is a missing little brother, last seen fleeing the site of a gruesome killing. Hunter needs the help of an old army buddy, a whole lot of hardware and a trip to Little Rock, Arkansas. A brutal encounter with some very nasty criminals leaves Hunter fighting for his life. And that's before he comes up against a feared serial killer.

"It's time for a new hero. Introducing Joe Hunter in Dead men's dust"--Cover. -Joe Hunter is on the trail of his missing and estranged brother . . . and the madman who may have taken him. Joe Hunter solves problems. Or, as he likes to put it, he's "the weapon sent in when all the planning is done and all that's left is the ass kicking." And as a former military operative and ex-CIA agent, he's good at what he does. But when he's told that his brother - with whom he hasn't been on the best of terms - has disappeared, he learns that everything he's faced before is child's play compared to what's coming.

Meet Joe Hunter: Britain's best vigilante -- fighting America's worst criminals. 'Some may call me a vigilante. I think I've just got problems to fix.' Right now, Joe Hunter's big problem is a missing little brother, last seen fleeing the site of a gruesome killing. Hunter needs the help of an old army buddy, a whole lot of hardware and a trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, to fix this particular problem. A brutal encounter with some very nasty criminals leaves Hunter fighting for his life. And that's before he comes up against America's most feared serial killer, 'The Harvestman', and his grisly souvenirs of death. But blood is thicker than water. And a lot of blood will be spilt ...DEAD MEN'S DUST introduces Joe Hunter, an all action hero with a strong moral code. Like the gunslingers of the Wild West, Hunter is not afraid to use his weapons and his fists -- but only to save the victims from the bad guys.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Hilton's energetic but disjointed debut introduces British ex-soldier Joe Hunter, who after 14 years in counterterrorism now spends his time protecting those who need his help, as part hired muscle and part vigilante. Joe reluctantly agrees to track down his wayward half-brother, John Telfer, after his sister-in-law explains that her husband skipped out on the family and headed for America. As Joe and his friend Jared "Rink" Rington follow John's trail from Arkansas to the Mojave Desert, they come to realize that John's troubles run deeper than just unpaid debts. Interspersed are the musings of Tubal Cain, a man who claims to be the most prolific undetected serial murderer in America. When Cain's path overlaps with John's, it's up to Joe to bring his brother home alive and put a stop to Cain's spree. Hilton has an eye for action and gore, but can't quite wrangle his unwieldy plot. Hopefully, some of the many unanswered questions left at the end will be answered in the sequel. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

The first novel in a series sometimes gets off to a shaky start before finding its stride. That's the case with Dead Men's Dust, which introduces Joe Hunter, retired special-ops hunter of terrorists turned knight errant. In his debut, Joe travels from England to the U.S. to track down his ne'er-do-well half-brother, John, who is on the run from gangsters. The trail leads to Southern California, but Joe finds that John is also somehow connected to a serial killer. Of course, mayhem ensues. The story is clunky and the dialogue often leaden until John and Tubal Cain, the serial killer, take the stage. Cain is a boyishly handsome, often charming, over-the-top sociopath driven to surpass Ted Bundy as America's most notorious, and his verbal sparring with John is slickly done and even funny. But Cain is also scary in a Hannibal Lecter way, and even Joe Hunter may have met his match. As Hilton and Hunter hit their stride, Lee Child's Jack Reacher could have some worthy competition.--Gaughan, Thomas Copyright 2009 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

A debut thriller about an action hero in search of his brother and some semblance of a plot. Joe Hunter, ex-Special Forces agent and ex-cop, trained within an inch of his life, has survived a million rounds of hand-to-hand combat. He's earned a doctorate in lethal. Now a private-security consultant, he regards himself as a problem solver, though others might call him a vigilante. Either way, he's a hard man and not everyone likes him. At the moment Jennifer Tilfer, his sister-in-law, is prominent among his detractors because her husband, Joe's younger half-brother, has decamped, and she holds Joe responsible. When John needed his help, he withheld it, she insists, causing her man to flee from the bottom-feeders who hold his markers. Not exactly, says Joe. He had indeed come up with the cash, but John, a ne'er-do-well with a big-time gambling problem, blew it all on one more last-ditch, get-even effort. Be that as it may, Joe's imperative now is clearly inescapable. With his brother on the lam and his sister-in-law and her kids in the lurch, he has no choice but to locate John and set things right. From the North of England to Little Rock, Ark., and eventually to California, Joe follows feckless John, who's immersed himself in the mother of all messes. Enter the Harvestman, a serial killer with more than 20 deaths, several of them gruesomely described, to his credit. Having incurred his displeasure, John is in serious danger of being harvested by the time the brothers reconnect. So what happens? Joe slays the bad guys and the Harvestman acts out his psychopathology. There's not much else in the way of story until the obligatory climactic duel, in which the antagonists attempt to dismember each other. Buckets of gore, not enough nuance to fill a thimble. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.