Jude Hardin

Author, Drummer, Turtle Whisperer

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Starred Review!

I learned last week that my debut thriller Pocket-47, to be released May 2 by Oceanview Publishing, received a starred review from the Big Daddy of trade magazines in the publishing world--Publisher's Weekly. Here's what they had to say:

Hardin gets everything right in his powerhouse thriller debut, which introduces rock star–turned–PI Nicholas Colt. The sole survivor of a plane crash that killed everyone in his band as well as his wife and baby daughter 20-some years earlier, Colt now works out of an SUV in north Florida. Strapped for cash, he agrees to help 23-year-old Leitha Ryan track down her missing 15-year-old sister, Brittney. Leitha is reluctant to involve the police out of fear that they will return Brittney to foster care. What appears to be a straightforward case proves to be anything but. Colt uncovers several murders as it becomes clear that Brittney disappeared in order to hide from someone who wants to kill her. The violence, while sometimes extreme, is never gratuitous, and Hardin crafts a well-constructed plot and conjures up a flawed protagonist who’s more than capable of carrying a series.