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Cuts Through Bone

by Hunt, Alaric.

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Hampton Community Library Fiction F HUNT
Location  Hampton Community Library
Collection  Fiction
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Featured in The New York Times Magazine!
Winner of the PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition

At first, Rachel Vasquez found her new job working for private detective Clayton Guthrie promising. He got her a gun and a license and took her to target practice. But lately she's just been doing surveillance, and it's not her idea of an exciting time. She is contemplating quitting when Guthrie lands an intriguing case that will take all their wits and guts to solve.

Camille Bowman, a beautiful blond Columbia student and Manhattan heiress, is found dead, shot by a gun that belonged to her fianc#65533; Greg Olsen, an Afghan war veteran. Guthrie is hired to prove Olsen's innocence, and fortunately he thinks Olsen smells clean. The detectives return to the scene of the crime where they see a vagrant who claims he heard the shots and picked the girl's wallet. Tiring of their questions, the vagrant flees, and Vasquez and Guthrie must track a man who's an expert atdisappearing while also butting heads with the NYPD, cracking doors at Columbia University, and crawling through the city's subterranean tunnels.

To complicate matters, the murder could be part of a spree of killings being called the Barbiedoll murders, in which women are killed for no apparent reason and with no suspect in sight. The NYPD would like to pin them all on Olsen, and his life will depend on Guthrie and Vasquez catching the real culprit. In a race against time, the detectives gather clues that culminate in a bloody chase of one very determined and surprising killer.

Cuts Through Bone is a suspenseful ride, a novel that is atmospheric, stylistic, and gritty to boot. In Vasquez and Guthrie, youth and brashness meet experience and resolve, making for one of the most intriguing PI teams around. Debut author Alaric Hunt has penned a riveting hardboiled mystery, a contemporary story with the feel of a classic PI novel and a scope as large and complex as New York City, and even reaching beyond.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Rachel Vasquez, PI Clayton Guthrie's rookie operative, is thrilled when the pair is hired to investigate a Columbia University student's murder, mainly because it offers respite from the interminable training exercises Guthrie has been giving her. Camille Bowman was killed with her war-veteran boyfriend's gun, and, because the crime matched the profile of an active serial killer, the NYPD suspects Greg Olsen of the entire spree. Guthrie and Vasquez, hired to establish Olsen's innocence, agree their client seems an unlikely killer, but Guthrie knows it's easy to be deceived. They follow the trail of the case from a subterranean vagrants' hideout through Columbia's Greek scene, checking out along the way Camille's past trysts and Greg's Afghan War tours. Publisher promotions highlight the author's current incarceration, but this debut mystery, a PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition winner, doesn't need a shocking authorial backstory. Hunt's enticing investigators invite a series, and the red-herring-riddled gumshoe story explodes into a climax rivaling those of Robert Crais and Ridley Pearson.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Hunt's debut, winner of the PWA Best First Private Eye Novel competition, suffers rather than benefits from an unlikely pairing of investigators. For reasons that are unclear, veteran New York City gumshoe Clayton Guthrie has hired high school graduate Rachel Vasquez to assist him in his business. Her family reasonably asks, "Who hires a Puerto Rican girl fresh out of high school and gives her a pistol?" She gets her first big case three months in when the firm tries to exonerate Greg Olsen, who's been arrested for the murder of Columbia University coed Camille Bowman. Bowman is the latest "eye-catchingly blond and beautiful" woman to be gunned down, and the police have found that Olsen owns a pistol that could be the murder weapon. Overblown prose ("dawn broke, like an egg yolk bleeding yellow into a dark pan") doesn't help an unremarkable plot. In 1988, Hunt received a life sentence, which he's currently serving out in South Carolina. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2013
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "A Thomas Dunne Book."
Description 308 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781250013309 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1250013305 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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