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Potter's Field

(Ash McKenna #5)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The final book in Rob Hart's acclaimed Ash McKenna series shows that Ash can go home again...but it might cost him everything.

Amateur private investigator Ash McKenna is home. After more than a year on the road he's ready to face the demons he ran away from in New York City. And he’s decided what he wants to do with his life: Become a private investigator, for real.
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Polis Books
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Hart’s Ash McKenna is a bare knuckles brawler who is trapped in purgatory between the angels and the devils. He’s kind of like to become Sam Spade, but somehow he keeps getting roped in to a world of drug addicts, dealer territory disputes, and despair. In this fifth book in the series, he returns to New York and even to Staten Island. After Portland and Prague, he is still rootless and disconnected at home. This story is action packed from the getgo and, aside from a few reminisces, the action ...more
Sue Em
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ash McKenna's a modern prototype of a Chandleresque P.I. which works for me as I am a fan. He's a mixture of knight-in-tarnished armor, unrepentant tough guy and someone wanting to change his priorities and his life. Returning to NYC, specifically Staten Island, after sojourns in Georgia, Portland, and Prague, he reconnects with his high school friends. One friend hired him to find (save) a young drag queen. And that leads him down a very dangerous road. Gritty and full of action. I purchased ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great end to a whirlwind series.
John McKenna
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Potters Field
Mysterious Book Report No. 348
by John Dwaine McKenna

Three years ago, a new writing talent appeared and lit up the hard-boiled crime scene like machine-gun fire on a moonless night. The author’s name was Rob Hart, and his character, Ash McKenna, is a tough guy who—like Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe—gives bad-assiveness a good name. Happily, he’s now back in his fifth adventure.
Potter’s Field, (Polis Books, $25.99, 272 pages, ISBN 978-1-943818-93-8) by Rob Hart, finds Ash coming
Suz Jay
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
“It was a dance. We both knew why we hadn’t talked. I had—once again—gotten slightly more drunk than necessary and told her I loved her, that she should give me a chance, that maybe a relationship between us could work. She rebuffed me, again, told me she loved me, but not like that, and we were better as friends. It made me feel lousy and I drank to cover it up and that sent me into a spiral. Funny thing about a city of eight million people: it’s real easy to be alone if you want to be.”

The sad
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed the first three books in this series, but as with "The Woman from Prague," this the fifth (and, I gather, the last) Ash McKenna seemed stale to me. There is not enough complexity to Ash. He wants to help people, he gets into a lot of fights, he loves his mom and he thinks about Crystal. Nice enough, I guess, but he does not evolve in the series, even though he is described in the book as having done so.

I also found this book really bleak and dark, and that pushed me away. It is a story
B. Johnston
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
As with the prior installment of the Ash McKenna series, I was unable to put this book down, and tore through it over the course of two long New Jersey/Manhattan commutes and another hour or so at home. Hart's prose is as tight and propulsive as ever and provides a neat resolution to Ash's overall storyline- having followed this character from the beginning I'm sorry to see him go, but glad to see where he ended up. Even though this series is over there is more on the way from this author, and ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
At 12% into this book I am just waiting for something to just grip me and not let me go. This book is good but I wouldn't really call it gripping. I do like Ash, I am really interested to go back and read the other books to see what made him, him. I don't want to put too much into this review as I feel like I would giveaway some spoilers. But there are a few twists in there that you wouldn't expect. He starts a list of things he needs to accomplish at the start of the book. I am a lover a ...more
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Rob Hart is the author of THE WAREHOUSE, which has been sold in more than 20 countries and been optioned for film by Ron Howard. He also wrote the Ash McKenna crime series, the short story collection TAKE-OUT, and SCOTT FREE with James Patterson. He’s worked as a political reporter, the communications director for a politician, and a commissioner for the city of New York. He is the former ...more

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