Hard Freeze

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"There's a bitter wind brewing in Buffalo, New York, and it's blowing in more than just snow. "Little Skag" Farino, the last don of the local crime family, wants Kurtz dead and is sending in platoons of hit men, starting with the Attica Three Stooges and working up through more competent killers. Little Skag's beautiful sister, Angelina Farino Ferrara, is back from seven years in Sicily and has her own deadly agenda for Kurtz." If that isn't enough. Kurtz is approached by a dying concert violinist who wants his daughter's killer found. Rejecting
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"There's a bitter wind brewing in Buffalo, New York, and it's blowing in more than just snow. "Little Skag" Farino, the last don of the local crime family, wants Kurtz dead and is sending in platoons of hit men, starting with the Attica Three Stooges and working up through more competent killers. Little Skag's beautiful sister, Angelina Farino Ferrara, is back from seven years in Sicily and has her own deadly agenda for Kurtz." If that isn't enough. Kurtz is approached by a dying concert violinist who wants his daughter's killer found. Rejecting the case at first, he is soon on the trail of a man who's not just the murderer of one child, but a cold-blooded serial killer, who is a master of alternate identities and has the power to send a hundred men after Kurtz. As the bodies pile up like cords of wood, Hard Freeze hits town with the power of a whiteout blizzard and builds to a truly chilling climax. This is a crime novel where trigger fingers freeze to blue steel.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Simmons at his hard-driving best...[A] high-octane thriller."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Simmons' novel uncoils into a deliciously brutal chess game between a chameleon serial killer and ex-con PI Kurtz...action scenes that'll leave your hands clammy on the page."—Booklist

"Hard Freeze makes for great escapist reading...get ready to dip into a terrific, take-no-prisoners read."—Denver Post

"Readers looking for two-fisted, take-no-prisoners action should pick up a copy."—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"A bristling climax...Kurtz makes a riveting protagonist for the noir-is-beautiful crowd."—Kirkus (starred review)

"In addition to crafting one of the least likeable protagonists you'll ever find yourself rooting for... [Simmons] writes action scenes that'll leave your hands clammy on the page."—Booklist

"This straight-ahead, no-frills read is sure to garner enthusiasm among fans of Richard Stark."—Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
Hannibal Lecter meets the Godfather in multitalented Simmons's hard, brutal crime thriller, set in Buffalo, N.Y., and second in the series after Hardcase (2001). Ex-private eye Kurtz, recently released from prison after serving 11 years for killing the murderers of his beautiful partner, Samantha Fielding, finds himself stalked by the Attica Three Stooges Moe, Larry and Curly. After a bloody shootout that leaves one Stooge dead, Kurtz takes Curly for a ride in a speeding car and says: "You can take one in the head.... Then I dump you. You can take one in the belly, maybe we crash. Or you can take a chance and tuck and roll. Plus, there's some snow out there. Probably as soft as a goosedown pillow." Exit Curly. Kurtz soon learns that he's been marked for death by a local Mafia don and that the man actually responsible for Samantha's death is alive and well. And that's just for starters. Meanwhile, Kurtz is approached by John Wellington Frears, a world-famous violinist dying of colon cancer, to find his daughter's murderer a serial child-killer so adept at changing identities he could give lessons to Ferdinand Demara, the Great Impostor. Violent, fast-paced, with a high body count and plenty of sanguinary and pyrotechnic detail, this high-octane thriller should please both hard-boiled addicts and Simmons devotees. Whatever qualms one may have about Kurtz surely one of the darkest, most amoral protagonists of recent crime fiction it's Simmons at his hard-driving best. (Aug. 9) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Killings in wintry Buffalo leave Jackson Pollock-like splatters in the snow. That's just one of the many lessons to be learned from Simmons's very hard-edged mystery featuring Joe Kurtz. Picking up where 2001's Hardcase ended, Kurtz is still loose in the heart of darkness that's Buffalo in the winter. He's still smarting from his stint in Attica and finds himself at the center of a mob free-for-all. If that weren't enough to keep things interesting, he's contacted by a concert violinist whose wife and daughter were murdered 20 years ago; the violinist thinks he saw the murderer at the airport. In trying to unravel that case, Kurtz uncovers a serial rapist/murderer who sees himself as the Great Imposter and whose latest incarnation is as a police captain. The finish, when it comes, is predictably fast and furious, with glints of dark humor that sparkle nicely amidst the Buffalo gloom. The multifaceted Simmons has earned both a Hugo (sf) and a Bram Stoker (mystery/horror) award, and this straight-ahead, no-frills read is sure to garner enthusiasm among fans of Richard Stark and Joe Gores. Recommended for all public libraries. Bob Lunn, Kansas City P.L., MO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316213509
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2015
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 445,232
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Simmons has won more than 50 major American and international awards for his fiction. Mr. Simmons lives in Colorado.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004

    Outstanding Beginning with a better finish

    This was a great Kurtz novel, kept you interested with twists and turns. I couldnt put the book down and cant wait to pick a new kurtz novel up....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2002

    BUFFALO, NEW YORK IS EXPERIENCING THE WORSE SNOWSTORM AND HIGHEST BODY COUNT OF ITS HISTORY!!!

    I was actually praying last year that Dan Simmons would write a follow-up novel to his excellent ¿private eye¿ thriller, HARDCASE. Think of the early ¿Burke¿ novels by Andrew Vachss, and you have an idea just how dark, violent, suspenseful and entertaining this debut series is. When I found out that a new ¿Joe Kurtz¿ novel was in the works, I jumped up and down, singing praises to the gods above, wondering if I could hang in there till the book was published. Well, I made it, and HARD FREEZE is finally out. That¿s not all, either. Not only is HARD FREEZE better than the first ¿Joe Kurtz¿ novel (if that¿s even possible), but Mr. Simmons is now working on a third book in this excellent series about an ex-P.I./ex-con who¿s hard as nails, yet has a code of honor reminiscent of the Japanese samurai. This time around, Kurtz has to do battle on several fronts. First and foremost, there¿s a contract out on him. Stephen ¿Little Skag¿ Farino, who¿s still in Attica, wants Kurtz dead because the P.I. knows too much about the Farino family business, especially with regards to the deaths of his father and older sister. Little Skag has his younger sister, Angelina, hire the necessary killers to take Kurtz out, but they prove to be no match for our dark hero. When Angelina sees just how good Kurtz really is, she decides to use him to kill mobster Emilio Gonzaga, who¿s trying to take over the Farino business, and to neutralize her older brother, who¿s due for parole in a few months. As if this wasn¿t enough to deal with, Kurtz is also being followed by two cops who want a little helping of revenge for the death of Detective Hathaway six months before. While Kurtz is trying to stay alive, his homeless friend, Pruno, gets him to help a dying concert violinist, John Wellington Frears, hunt for a serial killer that murdered his daughter. But wait, that isn¿t all. Kurtz is also keeping an eye on Donald Rafferty, the legal guardian of Rachel Fielding (the daughter of Kurtz¿s dead partner, Samantha). He¿s afraid that something bad is going to happen to Rachel and is ready to kill Rafferty, if it does. On top of everything else, Kurtz¿s secretary, Arlene, is pushing him to help find some new office space and to come up with $35,000.00 to start a new Internet business. Last but not least, Buffalo, New York is having the worse snowstorm of its history, and when the snow finally melts, there¿s going to be a dozen dead bodies scattered around the city for the local police to deal with, compliments of Joe Kurtz. HARD FREEZE is an intensely dark and utterly violent novel with touches of humor mixed in and a hero that isn¿t always the most likeable person in the world. It starts out at a brisk pace with the Three Stooges (three ex-cons from Attica) trying to take Joe Kurtz out and doesn¿t let up till after the final battle at the end when Kurtz will have to tangle with one of the most deadly serial killers around and a skilled martial arts expert that makes Bruce Lee seem like a Boy Scout. Not only does author, Dan Simmons, manage to expertly juggle a large number of intricate plot points and to tie up each one by the end of the book without it seeming forced or contrived, but he also creates a somber atmosphere with Buffalo, New York as the backdrop that is perfect for this type of story. The reader is with Joe Kurtz throughout the entire journey, rooting for his survival and for him to take out the bad guys. Mr. Simmons not only fulfills the reader¿s expectations in every way imaginable, he leaves the reader wanting more, and that is a skill only an accomplished writer can achieve. I¿m now eagerly awaiting the third book in the series, knowing that it will probably be at least a year or longer before I can once again enter the thoroughly entertaining world of Joe Kurtz. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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