Allan Guthrie

Hard Man

A Scottish ex-con is drawn into a violent whirlwind of family drama in this crime novel by the award-winning author of Kiss Her Goodbye.
Has Pearce finally found his match? A time-served Edinburgh hard man, Pearce is still recovering from the recent loss of his mother in a stabbing incident in a post office robbery. He’s invited by the dysfunctional Baxter family to protect their pregnant 16-year-old daughter from Wallace, her 26-year-old husband, a man with a penchant for killing family pets. Having found out that the baby’s not his, Wallace has sworn vengeance. Pearce declines the job: he’s no babysitter. But when Wallace kills Pearce’s dog, he goes too far. Now it’s personal. It’s time to find out who the real hard man is.
Praise for Hard Man
“By turns hilarious and horrifying, Guthrie’s original voice grabs the reader and doesn’t let go.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Dark, twisted, violent and brilliant.” —Stuart MacBride, international bestselling author of the Logan McRae novelsDESC>
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FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Crime & Mystery
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled
FICTION / Action & Adventure
FICTION / World Literature / Scotland / 21st Century
Allan Guthrie
249 printed pages
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