A dangerous breed A novel

Glen Erik Hamilton

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Thrillers (Fiction)
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2021]
Item Description
Originally published: 2020.
Includes an excerpt to Essential business.
Physical Description
542 pages ; 18 cm
Main Author
Glen Erik Hamilton (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

There are two, maybe three, novels packed into this lengthy thriller. Two are whizzbangs, but the third might try the patience of readers who aren't familiar with Hamilton's four earlier books featuring Seattle-based, former Army Ranger Van Shaw. Sticking it out will be rewarded. The first plot thread begins when international slimewad Bilal Nath wants Shaw to breach the mighty security system of a biotech firm. Why? Shaw's never told, but Nath, a master of cyber witchery, threatens dangerously altering Shaw's medical records and giving his friends Shaw's arrest records if he doesn't do what he's told. A splendid, suitably nail-biting caper story develops from this premise, in the course of which we learn what the creep is after. The second narrative, a good actioner reminiscent of underwater sequences in James Bond novels, has Shaw fighting an arms dealer's threatened nerve-gas attack. He's assisted by a fellow who just might be Shaw's father—Shaw's deceased mother's murky history makes up the third plot and is the least compelling one, despite its bad-boy sense of humor. Two out of three is more than enough to confirm our conviction that we would like to see more of Shaw. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In three-time Edgar nominee Abbott's Never Ask Me, the murder of adoption consultant Danielle Roberts in an upscale Austin neighborhood upends the Pollitt family, who feel grief, relief, and suspicion ("Never ask me what I'd do to protect my family," says the wife) (50,000-copy first printing). In three-time Edgar nominee Atkins's The Revelators, Sheriff Quinn Colson, bullet-holed and left for dead, is feeling vengeful but kept from getting back to work by the interim sheriff—who ordered his murder. Continuing No. 1 New York Times best-selling Coulter's popular "FBI Thriller" series, Deadlock has FBI Special Agent Lacey Sherlock and husband Dillon Savich dealing with a psychopath, a secret from beyond the grave, and three red boxes puzzlingly containing the puzzle pieces of an unknown town (200,000-copy first printing). The multi-award-winning Hamilton's A Dangerous Breed brings back Van Shaw, tracking down the (worse-than-he-thought) father who abandoned him before birth while aiming to block a sociopath by stealing a viral weapon that could bring death to thousands (100,000-copy first printing). The acclaimed Kellermans' Half Moon Bay brings back Deputy Coroner Clay Edison, confounded by the discovery of a decades-old child's skeleton in a torn-up park and a local businessman's claim that it could be his sister. In mega-best-selling Camilla Läckberg's The Golden Cage, the increasingly restless wife of a billionaire learns that he is having an affair and exacts luscious revenge. Patterson and Tebbetts join in 1st Case, wherein Angela Hoot gets kicked out of MIT's graduate school, joins the FBI's cyber-forensics unit, and must deal with a messaging app whose beta users are dying without getting killed herself (475,000-copy first printing). In When She Was Good, the Gold Dagger-winning and Edgar short-listed Robotham continues the story of criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac, the girl without a past, first revealed in last year's Good Girl, Bad Girl. And though there are no plot details to share regarding Silva's Untitled new Gabriel Allon thriller, the print run is 500,000, and word has it that MGM has acquired the rights to adapt the entire series for television. Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

In Edgar finalist Hamilton's exceptional fifth novel featuring professional thief Van Shaw (after 2019's Mercy River), Van runs afoul of hacker Bilal Nath, who threatens to harm Van's adoptive family unless Van agrees to steal an unknown item from a Seattle biotechnology company. Van assumes it's a cure for Nath's ALS, but discovers instead that the company holds the only viable cryogenically preserved ova of Nath's wife, Aura, who became sterile after undergoing chemo for ovarian cancer. The couple hope to have a child. Meanwhile, Van is trying to find his unknown father, who may have abandoned him and his mother 30 years earlier. This personal quest leads Van to a dangerous Ukrainian arms dealer. A former U.S. Army Ranger, Van is highly capable, but he's not ridiculously so, and he's ready to accept assistance from others, including new friend Wren Marchand, who helps get him out of more than one jam. Action sequences nicely balance planning and surveillance scenes, and plenty of surprises keep readers guessing. Hamilton makes the connections among his satisfyingly realized characters seem so natural that the whole feels like something that might actually happen. Hopefully, Van will be back soon. Agent: Lisa Erbach Vance, Aaron Priest Literary. (July) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Atmospheric and taut, A Dangerous Breed is a winner."   — Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author

Van Shaw’s past and present collide when an ingenious blackmailer pushes him to the brink in this electrifying fifth novel in Glen Erik Hamilton’s gritty and emotionally powerful thriller series.

An invitation addressed to his long-dead mother sparks Van Shaw’s curiosity about the woman he barely knew. As he digs into young Moira Shaw's past, he uncovers startling details about her life, including her relationship to a boy named Sean Burke—a boy Moira may have been seeing when she became pregnant. Could this Burke be the biological father who abandoned Van before he was born? Although Van knows all too well that some doors shouldn’t be opened, he decides to investigate the man—only to discover that Burke has an even darker family history than Van's own.

But Van’s got more immediate problems. His friend Hollis is in a jam, and helping him out accidentally steers Van into the path of a master extortionist named Bilal Nath.  Nath demands that the talented thief mastermind a daring heist targeting a Seattle biotechnology firm, or the blackmailer will destroy the lives of people Van loves. Will Van be forced to steal a viral weapon with the potential to kill thousands? 

With Bilal Nath coercing him into a possible act of domestic terrorism, Van turns to his formidable crew of lawbreaking friends—including Hollis, Big Will Willard, and Willard's sly and seductive niece Elana—for help. Yet even this team may not be enough. To outwit a brilliant sociopath, Van might just need a cold-blooded killer . . . a criminal whose blood may run through his own veins.