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Hodder's biggest fiction launch of 2009: Matt Hilton's debut introducing series character Joe Hunter, Britain's best vigilante - fighting America's worst criminals
Matt Hilton worked for twenty-two years in private security and the police force in Cumbria. He is a 4th Dan blackbelt and coach in Ju-Jitsu. He lives in Cumbria with his wife Denise. He keeps a website at www.matthiltonbooks.com and can be found on Facebook and on twitter.com/matthilton
Hilton's energetic but disjointed debut introduces British ex-soldier Joe Hunter, who after 14 years in counterterrorism now spends his time protecting those who need his help, as part hired muscle and part vigilante. Joe reluctantly agrees to track down his wayward half-brother, John Telfer, after his sister-in-law explains that her husband skipped out on the family and headed for America. As Joe and his friend Jared "Rink" Rington follow John's trail from Arkansas to the Mojave Desert, they come to realize that John's troubles run deeper than just unpaid debts. Interspersed are the musings of Tubal Cain, a man who claims to be the most prolific undetected serial murderer in America. When Cain's path overlaps with John's, it's up to Joe to bring his brother home alive and put a stop to Cain's spree. Hilton has an eye for action and gore, but can't quite wrangle his unwieldy plot. Hopefully, some of the many unanswered questions left at the end will be answered in the sequel. (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
l enjoyed it. . . classic opening scene. . . last 1/3 really exciting. I was totally caught-up in it. * Boyd Hilton, Simon Mayo Books Panel * Fun, furious. . . a good read. . . . cracking pace. . . crisp pacey thriller. * Joel Morris, Simon Mayo Books Panel * 'Suffused with testosterone . . . very exciting . . . I liked Joe Hunter. * Zara Husain, Simon Mayo Books Panel * Hard-hitting and fast-paced, I was hooked from start to finish * Simon Kernick * Taut, thrilling, tense - I loved it! * Richard Hammond * A dose of pure rocket fuel. Starts fast, gets faster, and doesn't quit right through to the slam bang finale. Dead Men's Dust is as enjoyable a thriller as you will read this year, and I do mean "Thriller!" My ears are still ringing with gunfire! I loved this book. * Christopher Reich, author of RULES OF DECEPTION * If you're looking out for a new hero with muscle and deadly skills then Joe Hunter is your man. It's the most explosive debut I've read since Lee Child's modern day knight in tarnished armour, Jack Reacher, arrived in Killing Floor... It's breathless, page-ripping stuff - and Hunter will be back. * Peterborough Evening Telegraph * A high-voltage, gripping read . . . Fast, ferocious and a thrill a page, this book will have you reading into the wee, small hours. The action is non-stop, the fight scenes authentic and thrilling. The finale in particular is as good as any action scene I've read in recent years. * www.crimesquad.com * The pace of DEAD MEN'S DUST is a scorcher, with the action beginning right from the start and never flagging. . . As a story character, Joe Hunter takes you in at the deep end and never lets up. Breathtaking. * www.shotsmag.co.uk * Hilton hijacks the reader on page one of this white knuckle terror ride - and doesn't let go. * Daily Record * Hilton writes well . . . a promising start * Guardian * Hilton is more adept at humour than Lee Child . . . the series should be electrifying * Daily Mail *