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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (22 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444705350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444705355
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Hilton quit his career as a police officer with Cumbria Constabulary to pursue his love of writing tight, cinematic American-style thrillers. He is the author of the Joe Hunter thriller series, including 'Dead Men's Dust', 'Judgement and Wrath', 'Slash and Burn','Cut and Run', 'Blood and Ashes', 'Dead Men's Harvest', 'No Going Back', 'Rules of Honour', 'The Lawless Kind' and 'The Devil's Anvil' (June 2015) with further books due in the series. He also has short stories in a number of collections including 'Even More Tonto Short Stories', 'Holiday of the Dead' (under a pen name), the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 9, Drunk on the Moon 2, Uncommon Assassins, Brit Grit Too, Off The Record 2, Grand Central Noir, Death Toll 2, Blood Bath and a Joe Hunter short story has been featured in The Strand Magazine. Joe Hunter also features in eBook originals called 'Six of the Best', 'Joe Hunter: Instant Justice', 'Dead Fall' and 'Red Stripes'.

In addition Matt has self published horror/action novels 'Darkest Hour', 'Dominion', 'Preternatural', 'The Shadows Call' and a collection of his short stories 'One Twisted Voice - traversing genres', and collected, edited and contributed to ACTION: Pulse Pounding Tales Volumes 1 and 2. he is also the author of pulp action hero 'Dirk Ramm'.

Matt is a high ranking martial artist, and in his day fought in the fledgling MMA scene in the UK, and was Northern Ju-Jitsu Champion 2000. He has been a cop, a detective and a private security specialist, all of which lend an authenticity to the action scenes in his books.

He has been writing since he was a small child, and is also an avid reader of crime, horror and thriller books, all of which inspire his writing style. Although seen as crime thrillers, Matt's Joe Hunter series combine elements from all of those genres, so is slightly different in flavour than many others in the same category. He is a huge fan of the pulp masters, and hopes to emulate their fast pace and derring do. Matt is the first to say that his books will never win a literary prize, but they're not intended to: they're there for pure entertainment.

Saying that Matt's first novel, Dead Men's Dust, was shortlisted for Debut Thriller of the Year 2009 by the International Thriller Writers' Organisation (ITW) and was named as a Daily Telegraph Thriller of the Year 2009, and in 2013 was a Kindle UK top ten best seller.

His books have been translated into German, Italian, Romanian and Bulgarian, and are published throughout the UK (and territories) by Hodder and Stoughton, and in the USA (and territories) by William Morrow and Co (books 1 - 6), and by Down and Out Books (books 7 - 9).

Matt's Joe Hunter character is an amalgam of many of his influences that include Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan, George G Gillman's Joshua 'Edge' Hedges, and David Morrell's Saul Grisman to name a few. But he's also his own man.



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If you like the Jack Reacher books, you'll love Hilton's series . . . Action-packed from start to finish (Heat)

A hell-for-leather tale that spins your head around like a mad fairground Waltzer ride. Eat your heat out, Jason Bourne. (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

Matt Hilton delivers another hardcore, action-packed gritfest featuring a cold-blooded killer with a heart of gold. (Daily Record)

Joe Hunter is fast becoming a serious rival to Jack Reacher in the action stakes . . . SLASH AND BURN is the kind of novel that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and drags you along at breakneck pace before finally throwing you down exhilarated, breathless and screaming for more. The prose is sparse and so tightly wound it is impossible to turn the pages fast enough, making it a definite read-in-one-sitting novel . . . [Hunter] is an excellent character who is developing more and more as Hilton's confidence as an author grows. (crimesquad.com)

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The third action-packed thriller in the compelling series featuring Joe Hunter, rival to Lee Child's Jack Reacher.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict Shaun TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
Another Matt Hilton read finished within 24 hours, always the sign of a good book. Like the other two this one was unputdownable, but it was also a better read than the other two, hence the five star reading. Hilton's first book was an enjoyable read but he only seems to get better with each book as this one proves.

The action kicks off after a couple of pages and does not relent until the Epilogue. It reads like a Hollywood script and your heart will be in your mouth throughout the whole book. This book finds Joe helping out the sister of an old friend, she is looking for her sister but she isn't the only one. Robert Huffman, a 'player in the murky world of organised crime' is also looking for Kate's sister too.

This book moved at such a quick pace, in real time for most of it so it was hard to put it down because you just wanted to keep reading. Joe Hunter is a fantastic creation and one that I enjoy reading about a lot. I haven't read Lee Child's Reacher series so can't compare the two but I would always be comparing Hunter with Tom Cruise and for that reason I have no intention of reading the Reacher novels if that is the man I would be picturing. What I did note was that the death toll in this book was massive, I wonder how long Hunter can keep getting away with it. He does kill for the good of others, and always the bad guys but there was so much bloodshed here. I did draw comparisons in earlier books with Ryan Lock from Sean Black's fantastic series of books however I don't think Lock is quite as trigger happy.

Matt Hilton however is a fantastic author and tells a damn good story. Some people might find the book has too much action (I often see reviews stating this) but to me there can never be enough action.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ZcarCzar on 16 Nov. 2011
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A thumpin good read ! Make sure you read the series in the correct order and let everyone know why they havnt been able to find you as you were knocking off another fast moving chapter hidden away somewhere quiet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By theunknowncritic on 16 July 2011
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ok so this is not art but its a frantically paced page turner that I read in one sitting..excellent if you're in the right frame of mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Sept. 2011
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If your an action fan then you have to read this book. The pace is lightning fast and simply refuses to let up.
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I've read all Matt Hilton's books and as long as you suspend a little bit of reality they're a great read, carrying you along at a stonking, difficult to put down pace with a mixture of action and suspense (as key characters are put at risk).

Compared to other authors mentioned in other reviews:

- Personally I prefer Matt Hilton to Lee Child's Jack Reacher series as it feels slightly more human. At least Joe Hunter feels pain, seems vulnerable and has some limitations against a superhuman Jack Reacher who never gets hurt and can do almost anything.

- Andy McNab's more realistic and gritty, but can also be quite depressing as key characters often get killed off at the end (but that's not to say there's not the occassional twist at the end of a Matt Hilton novel). Matt Hilton's got a more feelgood factor, but depends on your preference.

- None of the above authors compares to Robert Ludlum (Jason Bourne) for me. The Bourne Identity (NOT the film) still ranks as one of my top ten books, but is dated now as it was written ~20 years ago. If you enjoyed the Jason Bourne films though, you'll enjoy Matt Hilton as there's a similar approach.

This isn't his best book (my favourite was his first novel with Tubal Cain - Dead Men's Dust: The First Joe Hunter Thriller which still rated a four star), but is still a great read hence the three star.

Overall there are two types of books for me. Books you own and read several times, getting a little bit more every time (eg. Terry Pratchett) and books you get from the local library and reading once is enough. Matt Hilton is definitely a library book for me.
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By Toni Osborne on 26 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
Book 3, in the Joe Hunter Thriller series

If you are looking for an entertaining, easy to read action packed story, do not look any further, this series showcasing Joe Hunter will certainly live up to your expectations. Joe is definitely the man to have on your side when things go south and drastic measures have to be considered.

The story opens when Kate Piers shows up at Joe's Florida beach home and reveals her sister Imogen is missing and may be in serious trouble, she is in desperate need of help from someone with the expertise Jo has acquired over the years. He is well-known for his success rate and his ability to thrive in this type of situation. Since Kate is the sister of one of Joe's buddies from the Special Forces he has no second thoughts, a family member in distress always has priority.

In the first few pages, Kate and Joe travel to Imogen's Kentucky home, but as soon as they arrive they are targeted by thugs representing Robert Huffman, Imogen's former employer and local businessman with ties to organized crime. We are quickly plunged into a tale of non-stop gunfire, Steve McQueen type car chases (Opps I am showing my age) and fistfights. Imogen has become a liability, she knows too much and Huffman will leave no stone unturned to silence her and now the appearance of Kate and Joe complicate matters even more, throwing a monkey wrench into Huffman's plans.

This book may be violent and on the gory side at times but it goes with the territory when we need an adrenaline fix.
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