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Dead Men's Dust by Matt Hilton
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Jul 29, 2010

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Joe Hunter is a problem solver. As the story opens, he arrives in Florida and helps his sister-in-law, Jennifer, who is being threatened by a criminal nicknamed "Shank." Shank was trying to intimidate Jenn into giving him money that he said her former husband owed him.

When Joe removes the threat, Jenn asks him to find his half-brother, John. John had left Jenn for another woman and she doesn't love him anymore but he is the father of her two sons and she doesn't want harm to come to him. She tells Joe that she thinks John is in grave danger.

John had been dependent on Joe to repay his many gambling debts and when Joe attempted to get his half-brother to change his ways, they became estranged.

In the Southwest a cold-blooded, thrill killer is active. Tubal Cain enjoys killing and then cutting off his victim's thumbs. One day when he stops at the scene of a broken down car, Tubal is robbed of his most precious possession, his knives. He vows to repay the thief and sets out to find him. Unfortunately, the thief is John.

The story describes Cain's hunt for John and Joe's search for his half-brother. It's the brave man against the bandit and John is the wild-card.

If the object of a book is to entertain, the author has done his job. He also does a nice job in setting the scene and permits the reader to visualize the action taking place.

I enjoyed the story and following Joe's exploits but I think that he has too high an opinion of himself and doesn't possess the empathy of a Jack Reacher or Elvis Cole and other heroic characters. I do believe that the author can make this happen and look forward to reading more of the author's work.
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