THE WOMAN FROM PRAGUE keeps you hooked with its fast-paced story set in the treacheries and terrors of our post-9/11 world."
James Grady, author of SIX DAYS OF THE CONDOR
"One of the best books of the summer…The Woman From Prague has great pace, a fascinating relationship between the central characters, and superb atmosphere.” Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"A hot summer read." The Boston Globe
"A spy thriller in all the genre's old school glory." Booklist
"Hart’s fast-moving adventure fuses gritty noir elements with high-octane international suspense." Library Journal
"A diabolical plot that's at once so simple, so incredible, and so logical."Kirkus Reviews
“Terrific.” Carole Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"An original and deftly crafted read from cover to cover, The Woman From Prague is another simply riveting novel of international suspense from a master of the crime noir genre.” Midwest Book Review
"The Woman from Prague is a book exciting enough to be your “summer beach read,” but subversive enough to make you think about all the ways in which Hart is rewriting the rules of the modern spy novel." Independent Publisher Magazine
Praise for SOUTH VILLAGE
"One of the best mysteries of the year."
"Lively...The story zigs and zags and then heads off in yet another direction, keeping one step ahead of the reader until it ends up in an unexpected but satisfying spot."
"The results are by turns loopy, action-packed, droll, and believable."
"Excellent." Seattle Review of Books
"Ash is truly fighting a war with himself on two different fronts...Each revelation, each symptom, is revealed in an organic manner that reads honest and true. Just go out and buy it."
"Like any good book, things aren’t what they seem on the surface...a complex story where the line between the good guys and the bad guys is blurry, where the tough people are full of compassion and the seemingly innocent are willing to threaten or worse to get what they want. And the results reflect that reality."
Praise for CITY OF ROSE
"CITY OF ROSE has my favorite kind of hero, a tough guy romantic with a smart mouth and a dark past. Terrifically written, and populated with rich characters, this book had me by the throat from page one."
Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of ONE KICK and HEARTSICK
“Brilliant…CITY OF ROSE, Rob Hart's latest Ash McKenna novel, is as sharp as the devil himself. Hart is a master storyteller who can turn a city into just as vital as any flesh and blood character.”
Brian Panowich, author of BULL MOUNTAIN
"Well executed and strikes an appealing balance, rough without being sadistic, gritty without being sordid. ...an engaging read...characterized by Hart's quick and witty turns of phrase."
"Appealing...readers will enjoy (Hart's) playful, jaded hero and twisty plot."
"CITY OF ROSE is briskly told, and Ash’s arch, loopy narration is often very funny. It’s been a good season for thrillers with a touch of comedy."
Praise for NEW YORKED
"The New York of NEW YORKED is a place of heartbreak and murder that I highly recommend you visit." Josh Bazell, author of BEAT THE REAPER
"Outstanding...I loved this novel. It may be the most quixotic hard-boiled I've read in ages. With clever nods to Chandler and lots of muscular metaphors, Hart has written an achingly lovely farewell to one man's past." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"Hart's debut is a terse, grim, gritty, quickly moving noir that deftly explores post-9/11 New York...Ash is a wrecking ball of an investigator, a direct descendant of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer." Mystery Scene
"Edgy... relentless pacing and strong sense of place." Publishers Weekly
"There are good action scenes, nice offbeat characters, but what lingers is the swoony dialogue... Noir with a tingle of doomed but sweet romance." Booklist
"A bloody valentine to a New York fast disappearing, this debut is an urban noir populated with memorable characters."
"A hard-boiled crime novelist in the vein of greats like Dashiell Hammett and James M. Cain, not to mention modern masters like Lawrence Block and Dennis Lehane." Staten Island Advance
“The literary version of THE WARRIORS.” Lyndsay Faye, author of THE GODS OF GOTHAM
"One part Dennis Lehane, one part Lee Child, and one part pure Rob Hart." Jenny Milchman, author of COVER OF SNOW and RUIN FALLS
“A masterful debut… this is a book that sticks with you.” CrimeSpree Magazine
"Hart delivers a suspenseful, gritty third book in the Ash McKenna series that admirers of the Southern grit lit tradition of Daniel Woodrell will enjoy. Readers of David Joy’s Where All Light Tends To Go will appreciate the rural setting in this novel, which can be read as a stand-alone."
Having left the United States to escape his past, amateur PI Ash McKenna has drifted to the Czech capitol of Prague. There he is approached by a shadowy man named Roman who blackmails him into intercepting a package carried by bank employee Samantha Sobolik. But even the best-laid plans often go awry, and it turns out that the information drop is actually an assassination attempt. Soon competing spies are emerging to target Ash and Sam. Out of his element and in over his head, Ash must trust and abide by the famous Moscow Rules (a checklist of ten espionage tips developed during the Cold War) to survive. VERDICT Hart's fast-moving series adventure fuses gritty noir elements with high-octane international suspense; although this is the fourth title in the series (after South Village), it can be read as a stand-alone.—ACT
Ashley McKenna, the jack-of-many-trades who's not exactly a private eye, expands his portfolio in an adventure that casts him as not exactly a spy.Ash is working as a "blunt instrument" for Stanislav, an old friend's cousin who runs Crash Hop, Prague's answer to Airbnb, when a man calling himself Roman turns up flanked by a pair of enforcers and asks Ash to follow Hemera Global Bank employee Samantha Sobolik till she picks up a mysterious package, grab the package, and turn it over to him. When Ash demurs, Roman trots out a long list of Ash's earlier peccadilloes (South Village, 2016, etc.) and threatens to reveal them to the authorities. When Ash still refuses, Roman offers to kill his mother, whose Staten Island address he helpfully provides. That information supplies enough motivation to get Ash moving but not enough to keep him in Roman's pocket. Shortly after he's nearly killed by Chernya Dyra, the former Spetszaz agent Samantha meets on the Charles Bridge at 4 a.m., Ash finds himself tagging along with Sam: if he's not entirely on her side, he's not entirely committed to robbing or betraying her, either. Since Ash is no stranger to violent episodes that are not so much mysterious as surreal, and since he has few qualms about killing his own enemies, there'll be lots of action, none of it (spoiler alert) involving Ash's mother, in the service of a diabolical plot that's at once so simple, so incredible, and so logical that it's the best feature of this uneven fourth installment. "At least now there's some momentum," the hero reflects in a rare quiet moment after a beating leaves him aching and nursing a broken nose. Whatever you think of his here-today-gone-tomorrow fortunes, you have to admire that Zenlike attitude toward the work that isn't even his chosen career.