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Vengeance – tekijä: Dan Simmons
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Vengeance (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2001; vuoden 2003 painos)

– tekijä: Dan Simmons, Guy Abadia (Traduction)

Sarjat: Joe Kurtz (1)

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Once Joe Kurtz needed revenge--and revenge cost him eleven years in Attica prison. Now Kurtz needs a job, and the price is going to be higher. Out of prison, out of touch, Kurtz signs on with the Byron Farino, Don of a Mob family whose son Kurtz had been protecting on the inside. Farino enlists Kurtz's help to track down the Family's missing accountant--a man with too much knowledge of Family business to have on the loose. But someone doesn't want the accountant found--and with enemies inside the Family vying for his throne, and turf warfare just around the corner, Farino needs an outsider like Kurtz to flush out who's really behind this latest affront. As the story twists and turns and the body count rises, Kurtz no longer knows who he can trust. Everyone seems to be after something, from the mob boss's sultry yet dangerous daughter, to a hit man named The Dane, an albino killer who is good with a knife, and a dwarf who is armed to the teeth and hell-bent on revenge. Kurtz has always been an ace investigator. Now he's about to discover that to get at the truth, sometimes you have to go after it--hard.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Vengeance
Kirjailijat:Dan Simmons
Muut tekijät:Guy Abadia (Traduction)
Info:Editions Gallimard (2003), Poche, 280 pages
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Hardcase (tekijä: Dan Simmons) (2001)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 9) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
This entire book is a cliche, but that doesn't stop it being entertaining from the first to the last page. The protagonist (he's not really a hero when one takes an objective view, yet he gains the reader's sympathy very quickly) is not hard-boiled, he's grilled on the forge Sauron used to make the One Ring. I'm surprised there hasn't been a film adaptation, since the book has the tone and plot of a crime-revenge-thriller-action movie. Looked at another way, it's Dashiell Hammett for the current day.

It seems like Simmons can do anything; he's got SF, supernatural, crime and historical fiction to his name, that I'm aware of - I've read from his contributions to the first three genres and the only things I can find in common are that they are all well worth my time and they all have references to Important Books (say in voice-over man portentous tones). It's been suggested that the protagonist of Hardcase is called Kurtz simply so that Simmons could use a literary in-joke and I could believe it. There are also two addicted down-and-out former college professors who argue with each other by quoting writers in Latin, Greek, Sanskrit, even English! Kurtz, himself, has read quite a bit - reminiscent of Marlowe's chess games.

There are another two Kurtz novels and I would happily read them. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
Over the past 2 years, I’ve discovered that my favorite books to read are crime fiction. I fell for the genre when I picked up my first Charlie Parker novel and have never looked back – reading stuff by Stieg Larsson, Connolly, Koontz and Jeff Lindsay. With those authors, I have yet to even crack open the proverbial briefcase of crime fiction but hey, you got to start somewhere.

When perusing good reads one evening, I noticed a few reviews for the Dan Simmon’s series about hard boiled ex-PI, Joe Kurtz. In his debut novel, Kurtz is freshly released from prison following the murder of a no-good-nik (can I still use that phrase). It should be noted that Kurtz spent 11 of those hard years protecting both himself and the son of a prominent mob boss. Upon release, Kurtz is granted a meeting with said boss and finds himself in employment once again. This time, Kurtz is working for the mob in an effort to track down the family accountant who recently went missing.

This book was really fun. Unlike a lot of crime fiction I read, they delve into extensive back stories and character development. That’s not too say that Simmons writes simple one dimensional characters, it’s just that that’s not really his focus here. I don’t want to speak directory for the author but it reads like a Hollywood blockbuster. I mean, you’ve got the vengeful anti-hero, the conspicuous plot and an array of enemies that mirror your average big budget action film. You’ve even got the unstoppable monster who rarely speaks! C’mon! What else can you ask for?

The writing is pretty straightforward; there are a lot of one liners and violent action scenes but you can’t really find fault in that as it works really well. There’s one particular “fight” scene that had me laughing out loud. Anyone who literally kicks someone’s ass can always get a chuckle out of me.

I’m game for the next in the series and the only reason that this received anything less than 5 stars is just personal preference. While I did enjoy it, it’s not up there with the more intricately plotted novels and characters I’m used to. If I could give it 4 and a ½ stars, I would. Either way, it’s a sold outing in my book.
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2 ääni branimal | Apr 1, 2014 |
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  rossarn | Nov 8, 2013 |
Joe Kurtz makes me think of Andrew Vachss' Burke character. There are dramatic differences and that is, perhaps, where Dan Simmons lets me down.

Hardcase is hard-boiled noir without much darkness. Joe is a very upstanding fellow. Burke was also but he had a slightly more twisted morality, a crusade against certain types. Joe Kurtz has specific vengeance in mind, not a hard-on for certain types in the world. This story is a little too clean, a little too antiseptic. I didn't feel like we were wallowing in much filth.

Oh I could also say Vachss' world, his NY city, is more cartoonish, filled with impossible characters. Kurtz' Buffalo NY seems more realistic. Joe finds safe holes to hide in that are not quite as unrealistic as Burke's. Joe could use a good dog though, lol. Joe's friend Pruno is also more feasible than some of Burke's friends.

I enjoy characters like Joe, who get knocked around a lot but always do the right thing and use their brains as much or more than their brawn.

Another reviewer thought Joe reminded them of Lee Child's Jack Reacher. I'd never make that comparison. Joe has no hesitation shooting someone dead. Jack is a better man through-and-through. He wouldn't kill somone who wasn't actively trying to harm him. They are similar in that they are a bit superhuman. Joe has that same swagger and secure knowledge of who he can beat and who he can't physically. He isn't the huge man that Jack is but his menace is clear (calling mobster bodyguards "bitches" for example).

Anyway, Simmons does a decent job of setting up increasing danger, working Joe deeply into it, and giving us enough clues that the solutions are not complete surprises. Little things, like when he tells Little Skag the million dollars he wants is not for himself. I had no idea what he was going to do but later it was "ahh, that's it." Same for 'the most sentimental thing he ever did with a Beretta handgun.'

I think Simmons had as much fun, or more, setting up bad guys Malcolm and Cutter. Those were some guys I wouldn't want looking for me! I liked how Joe solved this problem as well.

I liked his secretary Arlene. Simmons does a decent job giving us just enough to understand her and her actions.

The corrupt police didn't impress me in this book. The whole arrest-him-(during his PO visit)-and-beat-him scene was too cliche.

Simmons makes couple of technical errors related to firearms. Was it this book or the next where he mentions switching the safety off on a Glock handgun, a manufacturer of pistols that are famous for not having separate switch safeties? Pedantic of me? Maybe, but don't give us such details if you don't really know the topic.

Anyway, I did enjoy this book. I'd call it a solid three stars. I'd rate it more highly if the Joe had a little deeper motivation and if the story was a little darker, a little grittier. I already read the second novel and plan to read the third. ( )
  Penforhire | Mar 15, 2013 |
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Once Joe Kurtz needed revenge--and revenge cost him eleven years in Attica prison. Now Kurtz needs a job, and the price is going to be higher. Out of prison, out of touch, Kurtz signs on with the Byron Farino, Don of a Mob family whose son Kurtz had been protecting on the inside. Farino enlists Kurtz's help to track down the Family's missing accountant--a man with too much knowledge of Family business to have on the loose. But someone doesn't want the accountant found--and with enemies inside the Family vying for his throne, and turf warfare just around the corner, Farino needs an outsider like Kurtz to flush out who's really behind this latest affront. As the story twists and turns and the body count rises, Kurtz no longer knows who he can trust. Everyone seems to be after something, from the mob boss's sultry yet dangerous daughter, to a hit man named The Dane, an albino killer who is good with a knife, and a dwarf who is armed to the teeth and hell-bent on revenge. Kurtz has always been an ace investigator. Now he's about to discover that to get at the truth, sometimes you have to go after it--hard.

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