Authors, do you ever wonder if attending conferences such as Bouchercon are worthwhile? Speaking for myself as a reader, I can confirm I have been introduced to the work of many writers at such conferences and if their books sound interesting, I buy them. It adds up to a lot of books. I also recommend lots of books. Perhaps my contribution is just a blip on the screen, but every little helps, right?
Back to Matt Hilton. I attended a panel featuring Matt Hilton at Bouchercon by the Bay this year, and darn it if he didn't convince me I needed to read one of his books. I headed down to the book room and bought the first in the Joe Hunter series, DEAD MEN'S DUST.
I loved this book.
It has everything a thriller should: a larger than life yet still somehow believable hero (Joe Hunter), a deliciously twisted psychopathic killer, and genuine, nail-biting suspense interspersed with exciting action sequences. The pacing of this book is exquisite. It's a truly satisfying read from start to finish.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series, JUDGEMENT AND WRATH.
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