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#168543 - 10/11/18 06:52 AM Joe Kurtz Novels—Hardcase, …Freeze, …as Nails
ColinFraizer Offline
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Registered: 12/15/13
Posts: 59
Loc: Indiana, USA
I first discovered Dan Simmons's writing through Hyperion, based on a friend's recommendation. I've loved science fiction since I discovered Star Trek (reruns) as a boy, so it was an obvious entrée.

Only lately have I discovered the Joe Kurtz detective novels, but I enjoy them just as much. Give them a read (or listen—I use Audible)!

It was also a vocabulary-expanding experience for me:
- skag
- roundheels
- short eyes
- stir


DS: did you chuckle every time you wrote "Angelina Farino Ferrara"? Something about the rhythm and alliteration of it made me smile every time I read it.

You did an amazing job building suspense in the novels.

Warning, Spoiler:
Thank you for not killing off Arlene. I clutched the arm of my chair with white knuckles while she waited in the mall parking lot, fearing the worst.

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#168544 - 10/11/18 09:58 AM Re: Joe Kurtz Novels—Hardcase, …Freeze, …as Nails [Re: ColinFraizer]
Deianus Offline
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Registered: 08/17/18
Posts: 5
Loc: Finland
DS called those his "Viagra books". Probably not in the literal sense. A hard man was needed, to kill the black dog. Three was enough, and Simmons quit writing the fourth, and returned to more complicated stuff. I would've gladly read a bunch more. Hey ColinFraizer, if you need more, I recommend Vachss and Lansdale.

Edited by Deianus (10/11/18 10:00 AM)
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#168548 - 10/11/18 12:15 PM Re: Joe Kurtz Novels—Hardcase, …Freeze, …as Nails [Re: Deianus]
jmill Offline
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Registered: 04/01/06
Posts: 5493

If you're looking for outstanding crime novels in addition to Dan's books, read Richard Stark - his Parker novels. Stark is the pen name for Donald Westlake.

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#168549 - 10/11/18 01:11 PM Re: Joe Kurtz Novels—Hardcase, …Freeze, …as Nails [Re: jmill]
JPJK Offline
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Registered: 04/22/18
Posts: 12
Loc: Montréal
Thanks jmill and Deianus for those suggestions ! I'll absolutely take a look at their work. If you had to pick only one book to start with from them, which would it be ?

Guess what's the "JK" meaning in my pseudo :P

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#168558 - 10/12/18 11:59 PM Re: Joe Kurtz Novels—Hardcase, …Freeze, …as Nails [Re: JPJK]
Deianus Offline
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Registered: 08/17/18
Posts: 5
Loc: Finland
Hey John Krasinski, I was thinking Burke books from Vachss and Hap & Leonard books from Lansdale. Burke is very similar to Kurtz, in my opinion and I'm sure, in some others opinions. Not absolutely necessary, to read them chronologically, because they are individual stories.
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#168561 - 10/13/18 12:52 PM Re: Joe Kurtz Novels—Hardcase, …Freeze, …as Nails [Re: Deianus]
JPJK Offline
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Registered: 04/22/18
Posts: 12
Loc: Montréal
Hey John Krasinski
\:D

I was thinking Burke books from Vachss and Hap & Leonard books from Lansdale. Burke is very similar to Kurtz, in my opinion and I'm sure, in some others opinions. Not absolutely necessary, to read them chronologically, because they are individual stories.

Perfect ! Noted and thanks for your suggestion

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