The Silent Places [NOOK Book]

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St. Louis Police Lt. George Hastings is loyal to the people under his command. When they’re right, he backs them all the way. Sometimes it gets him in trouble. So after a round of butting heads with the top brass, Hastings and his team catch a lousy detail—keeping an eye on Senator Alan Preston, a political star looking to storm the national stage in the upcoming presidential elections.

There’s only one problem with Preston’s plans. It ...

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The Silent Places

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Overview


St. Louis Police Lt. George Hastings is loyal to the people under his command. When they’re right, he backs them all the way. Sometimes it gets him in trouble. So after a round of butting heads with the top brass, Hastings and his team catch a lousy detail—keeping an eye on Senator Alan Preston, a political star looking to storm the national stage in the upcoming presidential elections.

There’s only one problem with Preston’s plans. It seems that John Reese, a veteran and former CIA agent whom Preston prosecuted while a U.S. Attorney, has escaped from prison and may be looking to settle the score. Preston won’t reveal any details. All he’ll say is that Reese is a traitor who should’ve been executed a long time ago. But as Hastings guards the senator, he uncovers a much different story about Reese, one that isn’t as cut-and-dried as Preston would like everyone to believe, one that would give a man like Reese plenty of reason to want revenge at any cost.

As Hastings races to stop Reese, he quickly finds that he’s not the only one hunting this most dangerous prey and that Reese isn’t the only one caught in the crosshairs of politicians and professional killers in The Silent Places, another pulse-pounding read from James Patrick Hunt.

 



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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Thin characterization mars Hunt's formulaic fourth novel featuring St. Louis homicide detective George Hastings (after 2009's The Assailant). After a falling-out with the police brass, Hastings gets assigned to the security detail of presidential aspirant Sen. Alan Preston, a Missouri Republican and former federal prosecutor. When John Reese, an ex-CIA operative Preston convicted for selling arms to Syria more than a decade earlier, escapes from prison bent on revenge, Preston declines FBI protection because he fears attracting unfavorable national media attention. Hastings, who takes an instant dislike to the politician, soon suspects Preston is being less than frank. Hunt adds nothing new to the familiar device of alternating between the perspectives of the would-be assassin and the person working frantically to thwart him. Since Preston comes across as such an unlikable phony, readers may root more for the assassin than the senator. (June)
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Praise for The Silent Places

“Hunt's fourth George Hastings title is an exciting, action-packed tale. Hunt, a practicing attorney, stays away from the courtroom and focuses on the gritty reality of police work in a big city... Readers who like Michael Connelly's early books will especially appreciate.”

Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for James Patrick Hunt

“Hunt’s nail-biting storytelling keeps readers in its grip until the end. For those who like John Sandford and remember David L. Lindsey’s Houston homicide detective Stuart Haydon.”

Library Journal on The Assailant

“Hunt unspools this gripping plot at breakneck speed. Not a word seems wasted, whether in breathtaking action sequences or in backstory sketches of the book’s various players.”

The Wall Street Journal on Goodbye Sister Disco

“The superbly drawn characters in this mix of thriller and police procedural would do Joseph Wambaugh or Michael Connelly proud. . . . Another fine piece of work.”

Booklist (starred review) on Goodbye Sister Disco

“Hunt’s roller coaster of a crime thriller has it all—great characters, plenty of action, and a nail-biting ending. For fans of police procedurals.”

Library Journal (starred review) on Goodbye Sister Disco

“Compares favorably to Elmore Leonard’s early urban crime novels. His protagonists are intelligent, self-aware, and capable of swift, harsh action. And no one is better at capturing the flirty-but-keep-your-distance banter between the sexes. Tracy and Hepburn got nothin’ on this guy. Plan ahead and clear a shelf for James Patrick Hunt. He’s the real deal.”

Booklist on The Betrayers

Library Journal
After making a politically incorrect comment to his boss, St. Louis homicide lieutenant George Hastings and his team get assigned to protecting Sen. Alan Preston from a prison escapee who has threatened to kill the senator. As Hastings tries to do his job, he uncovers the real story of former CIA agent John Reese, whom Preston had prosecuted when he had been a U.S. district attorney. VERDICT Hunt's fourth George Hastings title (after The Assailant) is an exciting, action-packed tale. Hunt, a practicing attorney, stays away from the courtroom and focuses on the gritty reality of police work in a big city where politics and favoritism often overshadow justice. Readers who like Michael Connelly's early books will especially appreciate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429927697
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Series: Lieutenant George Hastings , #4
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 498,235
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


James Patrick Hunt, a practicing lawyer, was born in Surrey, England. The author of three previous George Hasting novels, he now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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  • Posted July 21, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Silent Places" by James Patrick Hunt

    John Reese has a personal vendetta against presidential candidate Senator Alan Preston, and why not, Preston had him thrown in jail on trumped-up charges.

    Reese-a former CIA agent-was in jail for life on charges of treason when he was released into the custody of Federal agents. Not taking his moment of freedom lightly, Reese evades his captors to make his way to Missouri at the time Senator Preston is due to give a national speech.

    St. Louis police detective George Hastings takes it personally when you commit a crime in his jurisdiction and he is on the security detail guarding the senator. As he digs into the background of both the hunter and the hunted he begins to realize that perhaps things are not quite what they seem. Who is the criminal?

    With an ending that turns your understanding of everything you just read upside down, Hunt keeps readers enthralled until the last bullet.

    Reviewed by: Mark P. Sadler for Suspense Magazine, author of "Blood on his Hands"

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    exhilarating fast-paced police procedural

    Punished for his comment to his superior, St. Louis homicide detective George Hastings and his unit are assigned personal protection duty. They will perform security detail for the U.S. Senator from Missouri Alan Preston as he runs for the Republican presidential nomination.

    However, the ambitious Preston's former job as a federal prosecutor comes back to haunt him. He got then CIA operative John Reese convicted of illegal selling of arms to Syria over ten years ago, but now the ex operative has escaped from the pen. Reese vowed during his trial to enact revenge and never swayed from his personal conviction during his decade behind bars. Preston rejects the FBI offer of protection as he does want a negative media spotlight shined on him. Hastings tries to keep Preston safe, but not only does he dislike the smooth politician, but believes the Senator is not telling the entire truth.

    Rotating perspective between Reese and Hastings-Preston, the latest Hastings police procedural (see Good-bye Sister Disco and The Assailant) is an exhilarating fast-paced thriller (even without Maitland) in which the reader anticipates High Noon. Although Preston is a nasty individual who deserves the Macbeth treatment, fans will enjoy the expected encounter between Hastings and avenging Reese; who ironically is a much nicer person, even though he is now a psychopath, than the repugnant potential POTUS.

    Harriet Klausner

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