Hot Springs by Stephen Hunter

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The undisputed master of the tough thriller, New York Times bestselling author Stephen Hunter delivers a masterpiece of crime fiction set in 1940s Arkansas, where law and corruption ricochet like slugs from a .45 automatic.


Earl Swagger is tough as hell. But even tough guys have their secrets. Plagued by the memory of his abusive father, apprehensive about his own impending parenthood, Earl is a decorated ex-Marine of absolute integrity -- and overwhelming melancholy. Now he's about to face his biggest, bloodiest challenge yet.

It is the summer of 1946, organized crime's garish golden age, when American justice seems to have gone to seed for good. Nowhere is this more true than in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the reigning capital of corruption. When the district attorney vows to bring down the mob, Earl is recruited to run the show. As casino raids erupt into nerve-shattering combat amid screaming prostitutes and fleeing johns, the body count mounts -- along with the suspense.

About Stephen Hunter

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Stephen Hunter is the author of eighteen novels, including I, Sniper and Point of Impact. In 2003 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism for his work at The Washington Post, where he retired as chief film critic. He has also published two collections of film criticism and a nonfiction work about the attempted assassination of Harry Truman, American Gunfight.
Published September 10, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 580 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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In the category of slam-bang, testosterone-laden, body-bag filling, hellzapoppin' potboilers, this is as good as it gets.

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Publishers Weekly

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Furnished with brilliant period detail and a dynamo of a lead character, this big, brawny crime drama recountsDin highly fictionalized formDthe true story of the backlash against corruption and decade

May 29 2000 | Read Full Review of Hot Springs

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Sick Puppy Carl Hiaasen Macmillan £16.99 Buy it at BOL Boiling a Frog Christopher Brookmyre Little Brown £9.99 Buy it at BOL Hot Springs Stephen Hunter Century £17.99 Buy it at BOL Storm Boris Starling HarperCollins £5.99 Buy it at BOL The intoxicating combination of wild humour and shocking ...

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Publishers Weekly

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Hunter, a film critic for the Washington Post, has written a powerful, sweeping story, one that effectively deals with multiple themes: the anguish of war vets, deep-seated racism, and fairness and duty in personal and professional life.

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