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Past Crimes

(2015)
(The first book in the Van Shaw Mystery series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Anthony Awards Best First Novel
Barry Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
Edgar Awards Best First Book (nominee)
Macavity Awards Best First Book
When his estranged grandfather is shot and left for dead, an Army Ranger plunges into the criminal underworld of his youth to find a murderer . . . and uncovers a shocking family secret

From the time he was six years old, Van Shaw was raised by his Irish immigrant grandfather Donovan to be a thief—to boost cars, beat security alarms, crack safes, and burglarize businesses. But at eighteen, Dono's namesake and protégé suddenly broke all ties to that life and the people in it. Van escaped into the military, serving as an elite Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, after ten years of silence, Dono has asked his grandson to come home to Seattle. "Tar abhaile, más féidir leat"—Come home, if you can.

Taking some well-earned leave, Van heads to the Pacific Northwest, curious and a little unnerved by his grandfather's request. But when he arrives at Dono's house in the early hours of the morning, Van discovers the old thief bleeding out on the floor from a gunshot to the head. The last time the two men had seen each other Dono had also been lying on the floor—with Van pointing a gun at his heart. With a lifetime of tough history between him and the old man, the battle-tested Ranger knows the cops will link him to the crime.

To clear his name and avenge his grandfather, Van must track down the shooter. Odds are strong that Dono knew the person. Was it a greedy accomplice? A disgruntled rival? Diving back into the illicit world he'd sworn to leave behind, Van reconnects with the ruthless felons who knew Dono best. Armed with his military and criminal skills, he follows a dangerous trail of clues that leads him deeper into Dono's life—and closer to uncovering what drove his grandfather to reach out after years of silence. As he plummets back into this violent, high-stakes world where right and wrong aren't defined by the law, Van finds that the past is all too present . . . and that the secrets held by those closest to him are the deadliest of all.

Edgy and suspenseful, rich with emotional resonance, gritty action, and a deep-rooted sense of place, Past Crimes trumpets the arrival of a powerful new noir talent.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A home run off the first pitch - this guy has got what it takes." - Lee Child

"PAST CRIMES is a zipline ride of a thriller, plummeting through the back alleys of Seattle where murder and intrigue reign supreme and the undead past lurks around the next wrong turn. Buckle in and hang on!" - Gregg Hurwitz

"A debut novel from a gifted writer with a sure hand. As much fun to read as Lee Child's Jack Reacher." - J A Jance


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Hardback Editions

March 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Past Crimes: A Van Shaw Novel (Van Shaw Novels)
Author(s): Glen Erik Hamilton
ISBN: 0-06-234455-2 / 978-0-06-234455-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Past Crimes (A Van Shaw mystery)
Author(s): Glen Erik Hamilton
ISBN: 0-571-31459-7 / 978-0-571-31459-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


February 2016 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Past Crimes: A Van Shaw Novel (Van Shaw Novels)
Author(s): Glen Erik Hamilton
ISBN: 0-06-234456-0 / 978-0-06-234456-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


March 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Past Crimes (A Van Shaw mystery)
Author(s): Glen Erik Hamilton
ISBN: 0-571-31458-9 / 978-0-571-31458-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Past Crimes: Van Shaw, Book 1
Author(s): Glen Erik Hamilton
Publisher: Whole Story AudioBooks
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August 2015 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Past Crimes: Van Shaw, Book 1
Author(s): Glen Erik Hamilton
Publisher: Whole Story AudioBooks
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Past Crimes: Van Shaw, Book 1
Author(s): Glen Erik Hamilton
Publisher: Whole Story AudioBooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Past Crimes: A Van Shaw Novel
Author(s): Glen Erik Hamilton
Publisher: HarperAudio
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March 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Past Crimes: A Van Shaw Novel
Author(s): Glen Erik Hamilton
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Kindle Editions

March 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Past Crimes (A Van Shaw mystery)
Author(s): Glen Erik Hamilton
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


March 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Past Crimes: A Van Shaw Novel
Author(s): Glen Erik Hamilton
Publisher: William Morrow
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA