Van Shaw

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 270 ratings

Past Crimes Publisher's Summary

When his estranged grandfather is shot and left for dead, an army ranger plunges into the criminal underworld of his youth to find a murderer - and uncovers a shocking family secret.

From the time he was six years old, Van Shaw was raised by his Irish immigrant grandfather, Donovan, to be a thief - to boost cars, beat security alarms, crack safes, and burglarize businesses. But at 18 Dono's namesake and protégé suddenly broke all ties to that life and the people in it. Van escaped into the military, serving as an elite army ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, after 10 years of silence, Dono has asked his grandson to come home to Seattle. "Tar abhaile más féidir leat" - "Come home if you can."

Taking some well-earned leave, Van heads to the Pacific Northwest, curious and a little unnerved by his grandfather's request. But when he arrives at Dono's house in the early hours of the morning, Van discovers the old thief bleeding out on the floor from a gunshot to the head. The last time the two men had seen each other, Dono had also been lying on the floor - with Van pointing a gun at his heart. With a lifetime of tough history between him and the old man, the battle-tested ranger knows the cops will link him to the crime.

To clear his name and avenge his grandfather, Van must track down the shooter. Odds are strong that Dono knew the person. Was it a greedy accomplice? A disgruntled rival? Diving back into the illicit world he'd sworn to leave behind, Van reconnects with the ruthless felons who knew Dono best. Armed with his military and criminal skills, he follows a dangerous trail of clues that leads him deeper into Dono's life - and closer to uncovering what drove his grandfather to reach out after years of silence. As he plummets back into this violent, high-stakes world where right and wrong aren't defined by the law, Van finds that the past is all too present...and that the secrets held by those closest to him are the deadliest of all.

Edgy and suspenseful, rich with emotional resonance, gritty action, and a deep-rooted sense of place, Past Crimes trumpets the arrival of a powerful new noir talent.

©2015 Glen Erik Hamilton (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Book 1

    • Past Crimes

    • A Van Shaw Novel
    • By: Glen Erik Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 211
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 187

    From the time he was six years old, Van Shaw was raised by his Irish immigrant grandfather, Donovan, to be a thief - to boost cars, beat security alarms, crack safes, and burglarize businesses. But at 18 Dono's namesake and protégé suddenly broke all ties to that life and the people in it. Van escaped into the military, serving as an elite army ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, after ten years of silence, Dono has asked his grandson to come home to Seattle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 15 Stars! Okay?

    • By Ted on 03-06-16

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Past Crimes

    • Van Shaw, Book 1
    • By: Glen Erik Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Van Shaw was raised to be a thief, but at the age of 18 he abruptly abandoned the illicit life and joined the US Army, leaving behind Seattle and his grandfather who taught him the trade. But after 10 years of estrangement, Van's grandfather has suddenly asked him to come home. He does so only to find his grandfather shot in the head and bleeding out on the kitchen floor....

    Regular price: $21.58

  • Book 2

    • Hard Cold Winter

    • A Van Shaw Novel
    • By: Glen Erik Hamilton
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    When an old crony of Van Shaw's late grandfather calls in a favor, the recently discharged Ranger embarks on a dangerous journey to the Olympic Mountains, in search of a missing girl tied to Van's own criminal past. What he finds instead is a brutal murder scene, including a victim from one of Seattle's most influential families. But the dead bodies are only the start of Van's troubles. A fellow Ranger from Afghanistan turns up at Van's doorstep, seeking support from his former sergeant even as Van wrestles with his own reemerging symptoms of PTSD.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Twisty? Nope, Stupor-ifically Complicated

    • By Ted on 03-29-16

    Regular price: $25.09

    • Hard Cold Winter

    • Van Shaw, Book 2
    • By: Glen Erik Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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    When an old crony of Van Shaw's late grandfather calls in a favour, he treks deep into the remote forest of the Olympic Mountains in search of a missing girl. Discovering a brutal murder scene, Van finds himself caught between a billionaire businessman on the one side and vicious gangsters on the other. In an attempt to survive, a desperate Van may just need every ally he can get, especially as someone prepares to unleash a firestorm on Seattle that could burn them all to ashes.

    Regular price: $19.41

  • Book 3

    • Every Day Above Ground

    • Van Shaw, Book 3
    • By: Glen Erik Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It sounds like a thief's dream to Van Shaw: a terminally ill ex-con tells him of a fortune in gold, abandoned after the original owner died in prison. To rebuild his destroyed house and to help the dying man leave a legacy for his daughter, Van agrees to the job. But the safe holding the fortune is a trap set by a mysterious player. Soon, Van's partner is abducted, and he must figure out who the hunters are really after, whilst being hunted himself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Its a winner

    • By Reena on 08-14-17

    Regular price: $21.58

    • Every Day Above Ground

    • A Van Shaw Novel
    • By: Glen Erik Hamilton
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 10
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    A favor for a dying ex-con turns into a violent battle against a mysterious enemy for Van Shaw in this emotionally powerful and gritty thriller from the award-winning author of Past Crimes and Hard Cold Winter. It sounds like a thief’s dream to Van Shaw: A terminally ill ex-con tells him of an easy fortune in gold, abandoned and nearly forgotten after its original owner died in prison. For the dying man, the money is a legacy to ensure his preteen daughter’s future. For Van, the gold is cash he desperately needs to rebuild his destroyed family home.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Interesting Good Story

    • By N4shark on 09-29-18

    Regular price: $30.79