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Hard as Nails

(2003)
(The third book in the Joe Kurtz series)
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Somewhere in western New York there's a remote mountaintop in the moonlight, its dark forests and moon-dappled meadows populated only by corpses, and if ex-PI Joe Kurtz doesn't unravel the secret of that place in five days, he'll be one of them.

Everyone seems to want a piece of Kurtz and most succeed in getting one. Unknown assailants gun down Kurtz and his female parole officer, giving Kurtz the headache of a lifetime but putting pretty Peg O'Toole on life support. While working his own case through a haze of concussion migraine, Kurtz has to deal with Toma Gonzaga, the gay don who owes Kurtz a blood debt, and Angelina Farino Ferrara, the female don who is after Kurtz's body - or maybe just his head.

And while someone is murdering all the heroin addicts in Buffalo and hauling away the bodies, a serial killer called the Artful Dodger hatches his twisted plan.

In Kurtz's corner is police detective Rigby King, a beautiful woman who was his lover when they were both rebellious teenagers in Father Baker's Orphanage. Rigby also has designs on Joe Kurtz, but whether they're aimed at bedding or abetting him, helping him stay alive, or simply putting him away for life, Kurtz will have to discover the hard way.

Genre: Mystery
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September 2004 : USA Hardback

Title: Hard as Nails (Joe Kurtz Thriller)
Author(s): Dan Simmons
ISBN: 1-4178-0089-5 / 978-1-4178-0089-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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September 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hard as Nails: A Joe Kurtz Novel
Author(s): Dan Simmons
ISBN: 0-312-30528-1 / 978-0-312-30528-4 (USA edition)
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August 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hard as Nails (The Kurtz Series)
Author(s): Dan Simmons
ISBN: 0-316-21342-X / 978-0-316-21342-4 (USA edition)
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Title: Hard as Nails (The Kurtz Series)
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ISBN: 0-316-40471-3 / 978-0-316-40471-6 (USA edition)
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August 2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Hard as Nails: A Joe Kurtz Novel (Joe Kurtz Thriller)
Author(s): Dan Simmons
ISBN: 0-312-99468-0 / 978-0-312-99468-6 (USA edition)
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August 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Hard As Nails (Joe Kurtz Series, Book 3)
Author(s): Dan Simmons
ISBN: 1-4789-3443-3 / 978-1-4789-3443-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio and Blackstone Audio
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August 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Hard As Nails: Library Edition (Joe Kurtz)
Author(s): Dan Simmons
ISBN: 1-4789-3440-9 / 978-1-4789-3440-0 (USA edition)
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Title: Hard as Nails
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Title: Hard as Nails
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Title: Hard as Nails (The Kurtz Series)
Author(s): Dan Simmons
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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