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"Sometimes, a crime novel grabs you on the first page with its plot. Sometimes, it’s the writing. Rarely is it the author’s background. But in 'Cuts Through Bone'..., Alaric Hunt hits the trifecta in his debut.
Hunt, a native of Kentucky, has been serving life in prison in South Carolina for arson and murder since 1988. In 2010, he looked through a copy of Writer’s Market in the prison library and saw a listing for the Private Eye Writers of America contest. The result was his victory for best first private eye novel.
And what a novel....Hunt, absent from the outside world for a quarter century, infuses this novel with strikingly rich descriptions of his characters and settings....'Cuts Through Bone'...shimmers with intelligence as it melds the beautiful with the profane. A work of keen originality by a writer of profound power, Hunt’s debut offers moving testimony that steel bars can imprison the body but not necessarily the mind, nor the heart."—Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Hunt's enticing investigators invite a series, and the red-herring-riddled gumshoe story explodes into a climax rivaling those of Robert Crais and Ridley Pearson."—Booklist
"Despite its modern touches, Hunt's down-and-dirty debut harkens back to Sam Spade and other classic private eyes."—Kirkus Reviews
"Debut author Alaric Hunt has a winner in Cuts Through Bone, a deeply compelling and colorfully gritty detective thriller with a truly unique pair of private detectives. Plot development is intense as Hunt ratchets up the tension to an explosive ending."—Fresh Fiction
"Get ready for one helluva ride. Cuts Through Bone is one hardboiled rip, heavy on Noo Yawk color, slam-bang action, and a breezy, slang-filled style that isn’t afraid to strut its stuff."—Mystery Scene Magazine
"The plot is great. The vast amount of secondary characters is very accomplished....The last scene...is impressively written....[Hunt] says...he does not crave fame, and fortune is largely irrelevant, but that writing is emotionally satisfying. 'When I am writing a novel, I am outside this place,' he says. I have a feeling this impressive 'new' talent will be outside that place often in the future, putting down words that henceforth will have a place to go: a home, in a book, in a world that sometimes feels like a dream."—Curtis Dawkins, BULL
"Alaric Hunt delivers a tour de force in his debut outing, complete with a great pair of PIs and a gritty view of New York City guaranteed to astonish even those who swear they know Manhattan. Oh, did I enjoy this book!"—William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author of Ordinary Grace
“Cuts Through Bone delivers a memorable detective duo on a breathless chase for a killer with a haunting motive."—Julie Kramer, national bestselling author of Shunning Sarah
"Cuts Through Bone demonstrates why PI novels are always in style, especially when they feature a detective team you won't soon forget. You can't fail to enjoy this book. It is engrossing front to back. Alaric Hunt has the magic touch."—John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of Pulse
“A great big mystery featuring a hard little detective and his tough young sidekick. This book cuts deep and sure.”—Michael Wiley, Shamus Award-winning author of A Bad Night's Sleep
"Cuts Through Bone grabbed me on the first page, wouldn't let me go, and I was glad for the ride. Vasquez and Guthrie are the kind of characters I'll spend my day with anytime. Pick up this book; this is a series you'll want to be in on from the beginning."—S.J. Rozan, Edgar and Dilys Award-winning author of Ghost Hero
"Detective Clayton Guthrie is a middle-aged clone of Dashiell Hammett's classic detective, with the stony heart softened. In prose crisp as Hammett's, with a pleasing lyricism, Cuts Through Bone tells a crackling-good, satisfyingly complicated tale of serial murder and revenge."—Robert Knightly, author of The Cold Room and editor of Queens Noir