The Man in the Crooked Hat
"A new master mystery writer emerges."--Forbes MagazineOne cryptic clue leads a desperate man into a labyrinthine puzzle of murder in the electrifying new novel from national bestselling author Harry Dolan.There's a killer, and he wears a crooked hat.Private investigator Jack Pellum has spent two years searching for the man who he believes murdered his wife--a man he last saw wearing a peacoat and a fedora. Months of posting fliers and combing through crime records yield no leads. Then a local writer commits suicide, and he leaves a bewildering message that may be the first breadcrumb in a winding trail of unsolved murders . . .Michael Underhill is a philosophical man preoccupied by what-ifs and could-have-beens, but his life is finally coming together. He has a sweet and beautiful girlfriend, and together they're building their future home. Nothing will go wrong, not if Underhill has anything to say about it. The problem is, Underhill has a dark and secret past, and it's coming back to haunt him.These two men are inexorably drawn together in a mystery where there is far more than meets the eye, and nothing can be taken for granted. Filled with devious reversals and razor-sharp tension, The Man in the Crooked Hat is a masterwork from "one of America's best new crime writers" (Lansing State Journal).

The Man in the Crooked Hat Details

TitleThe Man in the Crooked Hat
Author
ReleaseNov 28th, 2017
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN-139780399157974
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Fiction

The Man in the Crooked Hat Review

  • Faith
    January 1, 1970
    I don't like serial killer books where the excuse for the murders is that the serial killer is "crazy", so I was relieved to find that this isn't one of those stories. Set in Detroit, Jack Pellum is an ex-cop whose wife Olivia was murdered. The reader, but not Pellum, knows from the first chapter that Olivia's murderer was Michael Underhill. The story is a search for the reason behind that murder. Pellum is now spending most of his time putting up flyers searching for a man in a crooked hat who I don't like serial killer books where the excuse for the murders is that the serial killer is "crazy", so I was relieved to find that this isn't one of those stories. Set in Detroit, Jack Pellum is an ex-cop whose wife Olivia was murdered. The reader, but not Pellum, knows from the first chapter that Olivia's murderer was Michael Underhill. The story is a search for the reason behind that murder. Pellum is now spending most of his time putting up flyers searching for a man in a crooked hat who he suspects is the killer. His suspicions lead him to several other crimes that might be linked to the man in the crooked hat. There is a pretty high body count in this book, but by the end each killing had been logically explained. Underhill has an interesting back story and I understood perfectly why his first murder was committed. I even agreed with him. Pellum is also an interesting, obsessed character and a good detective. I can see him continuing in other books if the author decides to make this into a series. I had never heard of this author before but, since I liked the writing style and the twisty plotting of this book, I will probably read more by him. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    The Man In The Crooked HatByHarry DolanWhat it's all about...Jack Pellum is a tortured man. His wife has been murdered. He has one goal. That goal is to find the man in the crooked hat...that’s the man who murdered his wife. Matters are complicated because Jack is a former policeman. Jack’s father is a powerful judge with good intentions for his son. He interferes with Jack’s mission. Jack posts flyers, investigates, talks to people...to get what he wants...finding the man with the crooked hat. The Man In The Crooked HatByHarry DolanWhat it's all about...Jack Pellum is a tortured man. His wife has been murdered. He has one goal. That goal is to find the man in the crooked hat...that’s the man who murdered his wife. Matters are complicated because Jack is a former policeman. Jack’s father is a powerful judge with good intentions for his son. He interferes with Jack’s mission. Jack posts flyers, investigates, talks to people...to get what he wants...finding the man with the crooked hat. Why I wanted to read it...I wanted to read this book mostly because of the author. I loved The Last Dead Girl...another amazing book written by him. What made me truly enjoy this book...Complexity of plot as well as complex damaged characters and skillful edgy writing made this book irresistible. It is a smoothly written book. It’s reveal is slow and enticing. Jack is relentless in his pursuit of this murdering man. And yet...as the murdering man reveals bits and pieces of himself...I was caught up in the idea that he had some sliver of good within him. But...did he? Hmmm...Why you should read it, too...Readers who love really good mysteries...complex and unputdownable...will love this author’s book. I received an advance reader’s copy from the publisher through Edelweiss and Amazon in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    A good mystery in which the obsessive is the protagonist unwilling to return to his life after his wife is found murdered. A police detective, he only wants to work one case, his dead wife’s, so that’s what he does as he leaves everything and everyone else behind. The reader is introduced to the killer right away but how he will be caught and what leads him towards his victims, those issues drive the tale and keep the pages turning. It’s a hard book to put down. I received my copy from Penguin’s A good mystery in which the obsessive is the protagonist unwilling to return to his life after his wife is found murdered. A police detective, he only wants to work one case, his dead wife’s, so that’s what he does as he leaves everything and everyone else behind. The reader is introduced to the killer right away but how he will be caught and what leads him towards his victims, those issues drive the tale and keep the pages turning. It’s a hard book to put down. I received my copy from Penguin’s First to Read Program.
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    Jack Pellum is a very interesting character who is obsessed with finding the man who murdered his wife and is determined to solve the mystery. As we follow Jack, there are many twists and turns along the path and many events that rely on one another to lead him to the end. I am looking forward to reading another book by Harry Dolan. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Gary Moreau
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first Harry Dolan novel but this book, at least, struck me as a crossover between a literary novel and a PI crime-solver. That’s a good thing, in my mind, in that it gives the book a literary depth well beyond the typical mystery or serial PI series. That depth, however, does slow the pace a bit. That’s not a criticism in any way; just a warning, depending on what you’re looking for. It reads like a novel.The best PI’s in literature are always brooding, brilliant, and a bit lost. They This is my first Harry Dolan novel but this book, at least, struck me as a crossover between a literary novel and a PI crime-solver. That’s a good thing, in my mind, in that it gives the book a literary depth well beyond the typical mystery or serial PI series. That depth, however, does slow the pace a bit. That’s not a criticism in any way; just a warning, depending on what you’re looking for. It reads like a novel.The best PI’s in literature are always brooding, brilliant, and a bit lost. They’re the big-hearted under-achievers that are always on the outside looking in on a normal life but the man or woman you want to have your back or be your friend. Jack Pellum, the protagonist here, is just such a man.A former detective, Pellum’s wife is murdered and the police are without a suspect. Pellum, of course, carries the burden of finding her killer to the point of obsession. He ultimately uncovers the truth, but it is a complex and serpentine path of criminality that makes “the butler did it” look childish in its simplicity by comparison. Jack is the son of a very well connected federal judge who is over-bearing and meddling, but that tension never gets fully developed. That doesn’t detract from the story but I was left with some anticipation that never quite got fully satisfied. Perhaps in a future work.The book itself is not set in New York, Palm Beach, or Los Angeles, which in and of itself sets it apart. The plot unfolds in Detroit, a city of rich contrasts. Once a bustling metropolis that boasted an architecture and cultural scene that rivaled cities many times its size due to the wealth created by the automobile, it is a city struggling, with some success, to reclaim its lost glory. It is both a bit magnificent and gritty at the same time.There are plenty of twists to the plot, mostly unforeseen, and none goes so far as to risk crossing the line that holds the suspended disbelief intact. The writing is excellent and the dialogue, in particular, is crisp and efficient, but remains human, as you would expect in a good literary novel. Dolan is a first-rate storyteller and a first-rate writer and the two qualities together make for an outstanding read. I have no doubt that this author will continue to build on his past success. It is richly deserved.
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  • Barb Lie
    January 1, 1970
    The Man in the Crooked Hat by Harry Dolan is a standalone murder mystery. Jack Pellum, an ex-cop, is our hero. Two years ago, Jack’s wife was murdered, and he is obsessed with finding the murderer, which eventually cost him his job. Even his detective friends try to get him to move on. But Jack can’t rest, and uses every moment to put up flyers about a man with a crooked hat, which was his only clue to the killer. The main difference in this murder mystery is that we know from almost the beginni The Man in the Crooked Hat by Harry Dolan is a standalone murder mystery. Jack Pellum, an ex-cop, is our hero. Two years ago, Jack’s wife was murdered, and he is obsessed with finding the murderer, which eventually cost him his job. Even his detective friends try to get him to move on. But Jack can’t rest, and uses every moment to put up flyers about a man with a crooked hat, which was his only clue to the killer. The main difference in this murder mystery is that we know from almost the beginning, who the murderer is. Michael Underhill has finally found his life coming together. He was a beautiful girlfriend, who loves him, and makes him happy; this is the life he wants badly, and he will let nothing change that.After awhile, when Jack begins to weaken his resolve, he gets a message and meets someone else looking for the man with the crooked hat. This will bring Jack to a small town, which will lead to various clues of previous murders that maybe related, even as far back as twenty years. The mystery is chilling, as there are many twists that will reveal a cunning murderer, and several deaths that are remotely connected. Jack being an experienced former detective, as well as driven by his wife’s death, is probably the only one who can possibly to tie the strange pieces together.What follows is an exciting story and at times early on, a bit confusing. It was also an amazing in depth mystery, that involves several crimes, with various people, deaths that occur over the years, and those that had no real relation to each other. Slowly, with a POV of mostly Jack, but some with Mike Underhill, we learn the consequences that lead to Jack’s wife’s death, as well as some other recent deaths. I do not want to give spoilers, and this is a difficult review that telling too much more would ruin it for you. The Man in the Crooked Hat was an excellent murder mystery that kept me turning the pages, especially in the last half, which started to make more sense with each revelation. If you enjoy murder mysteries, a flawed but great leading character, in depth storytelling, very good secondary characters, a conniving murderer, and many twists and turns along the way, I suggest you read Harry Dolan’s The Man in the Crooked Hat.BarbThe Reading Cafe
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.In Harry Dolan's The Man in the Crooked Hat, an ex-cop haunted by his wife's unsolved murder follows a string of seemingly disparate murders in hopes of unmasking a clever murderer.Jack Pellum refuses to stop looking for his beloved wife Olivia Makinnen's killer and he is hopeful a new lead will finally provide the answers he is searching for. He is certain someone he spotted near their apartment right before Olivia's death, a stranger wearing a hat, is the person who murdered his wife 4.5 stars.In Harry Dolan's The Man in the Crooked Hat, an ex-cop haunted by his wife's unsolved murder follows a string of seemingly disparate murders in hopes of unmasking a clever murderer.Jack Pellum refuses to stop looking for his beloved wife Olivia Makinnen's killer and he is hopeful a new lead will finally provide the answers he is searching for. He is certain someone he spotted near their apartment right before Olivia's death, a stranger wearing a hat, is the person who murdered his wife. When his ex-partner tells him about that Danny Cavanaugh, who recently committed suicide, left a cryptic message about a killer who wears a crooked hat, Jack immediately starts investigating the puzzling lead. A friend of the recently deceased, Paul Rook, is another link to a possible murder by the man in the hat. Even more promising, Paul has a file of unsolved murders that stretches back decades and provides Jack with a new place to begin his investigation:Danny's brother Alex's never solved homicide. Thus begins Jack's latest quest in his eighteen month hunt for Olivia's killer.Jack is tenacious and determined to find the person responsible for murdering his wife. He spends day after day putting up flyers in hopes that someone will recognize the man in the hat. Danny's suicide is the first concrete information that the man in the hat might just be real, but finding the connection between the dead man's message and his wife's killer might be impossible. That is until Paul shows up with a stack of unsolved murders that also mention the man in the hat. Jack knows tying these deaths together with take a herculean effort but he is definitely up to the challenge.While Jack has no idea who killed his wife, readers know from the very beginning that Michael Underhill is Olivia's murderer. What no one, including Jack, knows is why Michael killed her. As Jack begins untangling the very complicated threads that might tie Underhill to the other murders, readers are provided with intriguing peeks into the life Michael is building with Anna Haley. She has no idea what the man she loves has been up to nor does she have a clue how far he is willing to go to ensure her happiness. With Jack gaining traction in unraveling the complicated trail of unsolved murders, will he finally find justice for Olivia?The Man in the Crooked Hat is an extremely clever and well-executed mystery. In a refreshing change of pace from the typical tech-laden investigations, Jack mainly relies on good old fashioned detective work to unearth clues and follow the evidence he uncovers. With plenty of unexpected twists and turns, Harry Dolan brings this brilliant novel to an exciting conclusion that completely wraps up all of the story's various threads. Fans of the genre do not want to miss this fast-paced, twist-filled and very intriguing whydunit.
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  • Vishaka Rajan
    January 1, 1970
    I don't say this often but this novel deserves this praise: this was a seriously well-written and well-executed mystery. It is rare to have an author introduce such a complicated premise with a high body count, and yet make everything make sense. I loved the author' delivery style because he made Jack's story very personal; I felt very sympathetic towards Jack and I wanted him to get what he wanted. In the beginning, it really did feel like a wild goose chase because the initial clues seemed so I don't say this often but this novel deserves this praise: this was a seriously well-written and well-executed mystery. It is rare to have an author introduce such a complicated premise with a high body count, and yet make everything make sense. I loved the author' delivery style because he made Jack's story very personal; I felt very sympathetic towards Jack and I wanted him to get what he wanted. In the beginning, it really did feel like a wild goose chase because the initial clues seemed so insubstantial. And I think that was the point; every character in this novel points out how fixated Jack is on these clues and the author wants the reader to also see that crazy side. But as the story starts to come together, and the narrative and clues begin to make sense, the author starts to make you rethink. As I mentioned before, there is a high body count and that worried me in the beginning because I really didn't want the author to just throw out some weird tie-in or conclusion. But the author didn't do that. Instead, he broke apart the murders and made it all make sense. There was logic in this story, and it was something I was really happy to see because it honestly doesn't happen very often. I also liked all of the characters the author created; even the minor characters had enough development that the reader could form a connection or opinion  about them, which was really nice. Overall, this was a very good mystery and I cannot wait to read more by this author! I'm giving this a 5/5 stars!Thank you to Penguin Random House and the First to Read program for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.For more reviews, visit: www.veereading.wordpress.com
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  • J.
    January 1, 1970
    Two years have passed since Jack Pellum’s wife, Olivia Makinnen, was murdered. He can’t let it go, primarily because the case remains unsolved. Another reason is that, at that time, he was a detective in the Detroit Police Department. As a matter of policy, he could not be allowed to participate in the investigation. And there is where his life began to unravel. Now, he is off the police force, is estranged from his parents and has used up just about every favor his friends will give him. He spe Two years have passed since Jack Pellum’s wife, Olivia Makinnen, was murdered. He can’t let it go, primarily because the case remains unsolved. Another reason is that, at that time, he was a detective in the Detroit Police Department. As a matter of policy, he could not be allowed to participate in the investigation. And there is where his life began to unravel. Now, he is off the police force, is estranged from his parents and has used up just about every favor his friends will give him. He spends his time passing out flyers bearing the indistinct likeness of a man wearing a crooked hat, a man he saw loitering near his apartment just before the murder. As his hopes, and that of his parents and friends, reach a new low a suicide reveals that someone else saw a man in a crooked hat just before another murder many years before and miles away. It is a lead that will put Jack on the track of a serial killer and endanger all around him.There are lots of words that describe an abruptly changing course: serpentine, convoluted, sinuous, circuitous, twisting, etc. All of them can, and many have been used by others, to describe the often-changing path of the story in “The Man In The Crooked Hat.” The first of these abrupt changes in direction blindsides the reader. But that is just one of many reasons to read this story. The characters are vivid, their the dialog is realistic, the plot and pace lead irresistibly to the next page, and then just one more. Suffice it to say that Dolan has a gift that other writers probably envy. This novel was a joy to read, and I highly recommend it to one and all.G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Penguin's First To Read program provided an advance galley in return for this review.
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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    Received free from Penguin First to Read, but my thoughts are my own. 3.5 stars.Told from two points of view: that of former police Jack Pellum, who's spent two years trying to find his wife's killer--the man in the crooked hat, who he believes may have killed other people as well. If he can solve one of these murders, he can solve them all, he hopes--but the motivations behind all the deaths he gathers are more complex than they seem. The second point of view is of Michael Underhill. It's clear Received free from Penguin First to Read, but my thoughts are my own. 3.5 stars.Told from two points of view: that of former police Jack Pellum, who's spent two years trying to find his wife's killer--the man in the crooked hat, who he believes may have killed other people as well. If he can solve one of these murders, he can solve them all, he hopes--but the motivations behind all the deaths he gathers are more complex than they seem. The second point of view is of Michael Underhill. It's clear from early on that he killed Jack's wife, but not why--in fact, it takes most of the story to unravel why he killed her, a chain of events that seems inevitable once explained. While Jack is focused on his past and his loss, Michael is focused on his dreams of the future--a new house, and new life with his girlfriend. He'll do terrible things to protect that dream. Only one of these men can have what they want, and their clash draws larger and larger as the story progresses.I'm not so fond of stories told by killers, but Michael, for all he is lacking human feeling, has a tolerable voice. And he offers hints at a bit by bit pace that keeps the story moving, as you try to puzzle out what happened--knowing who is just a small part of the story. The why is complex, and intriguing. And the end has a little hope in it, so it isn't all grimdark. A good read for fans of twisty murder mysteries.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    I found this novel entertaining. I liked the idea that the only clue linking the murders at first was the appearance of a man in a crooked hat. Even Jack admits it's not much to go on, but it gives a good visual for the reader to hold in their mind. I found Michael Underhill's perspective interesting. He's definitely a believable guy. Unlike a lot of the thrillers I read the main character, Jack, read like a private investigator rather than a character playing at one. He did a lot of talking to I found this novel entertaining. I liked the idea that the only clue linking the murders at first was the appearance of a man in a crooked hat. Even Jack admits it's not much to go on, but it gives a good visual for the reader to hold in their mind. I found Michael Underhill's perspective interesting. He's definitely a believable guy. Unlike a lot of the thrillers I read the main character, Jack, read like a private investigator rather than a character playing at one. He did a lot of talking to people and traveling here and there following clues, but there was also a lot of thinking as he tried to puzzle out the connections. His process was clear and steady rather than sudden insight striking him, which I enjoyed. There was a twist I didn't see coming. This isn't a deep perspective novel, I didn't know every thought and feeling that crossed Jack's mind. But I think his actions and dialogue did a great job forming a picture of who he is and what drives him. It was a great balance. It would be easy for Jack Pellum to feature in more novels, but there's a solid ending to the story so readers can be satisfied if this is a standalone.I received a review copy.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    I found Harry Dolan's The Man In The Crooked Hat a riveting mystery that immediately captured my attention in the first chapter.Michael Underhill is sharing his fender-bender experience with the beautiful woman sitting next to him by the river. After Michael removed her wedding ring and threw it in the water, I realized he had been talking to the woman he had just killed.Jack Pellum, a former police officer and current private investigator, is on a mission to find the murderer of his wife, the m I found Harry Dolan's The Man In The Crooked Hat a riveting mystery that immediately captured my attention in the first chapter.Michael Underhill is sharing his fender-bender experience with the beautiful woman sitting next to him by the river. After Michael removed her wedding ring and threw it in the water, I realized he had been talking to the woman he had just killed.Jack Pellum, a former police officer and current private investigator, is on a mission to find the murderer of his wife, the man in the crooked hat.Michael Underhill is the man in the crooked hat whose trail of past murders, including Jack's wife, is returning to disrupt his future life with his innocent girlfriend.There are many twists and turns in this convoluted mystery as Jack begins to uncover the identity of the man in the crooked hat and discover his many killings that somehow are connected.I especially enjoyed the setting which took place in and around the Detroit area with references to the old Tiger Stadium and other historic Detroit sites.I was thoroughly engaged in Jack Dolan's intriguing suspense novel, The Man In The Crooked Hat.
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  • Mary Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    It's rare that a mystery can reveal the killer in the first few pages and yet remain a gripping read for another 300 pages or so, but the Man in the Crooked Hat/i> succeeds at just that. Michael Underhill does not reveal a motive for the crime he commits so early in the book, so we are left wondering the reasons why and how the crime connects, if it does at all, to other killings related to a man in a fedora. Other people have seen such a man, others are obsessed with him, but the husband of It's rare that a mystery can reveal the killer in the first few pages and yet remain a gripping read for another 300 pages or so, but the Man in the Crooked Hat/i> succeeds at just that. Michael Underhill does not reveal a motive for the crime he commits so early in the book, so we are left wondering the reasons why and how the crime connects, if it does at all, to other killings related to a man in a fedora. Other people have seen such a man, others are obsessed with him, but the husband of this recent victim is a Detroit police detective and his life devolves into a single minded search for information on this man in the hat. There are right turns and wrong turns - crimes solved that are unrelated, and yet related. The threads tangle and weave, and keep the reader turning the pages trying to establish a motive and connection over the course of 20 years and seemingly divergent crimes, victims, methods, and place. Well worth the effort.With thanks to the author, Harry Dolan, and the Publisher, Putnam, for the advanced readers copy.
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those mysteries that isn't a mystery. From the first pages, we know who did it. We just don't know why, or how many people he's killed, or whether he's going to be tracked down or how. But the journey is genuinely chilling and creepy anyway. The main character, Jack, is a reluctant private eye obsessed with solving his wife's murder. The murderer, Mike, is a fully fleshed-out character even though we spend a lot less time with him than we do with Jack (as I would wish it to be). S This is one of those mysteries that isn't a mystery. From the first pages, we know who did it. We just don't know why, or how many people he's killed, or whether he's going to be tracked down or how. But the journey is genuinely chilling and creepy anyway. The main character, Jack, is a reluctant private eye obsessed with solving his wife's murder. The murderer, Mike, is a fully fleshed-out character even though we spend a lot less time with him than we do with Jack (as I would wish it to be). Several interesting, realistic people get involved. Several crimes get solved. Jack's not at all a perfect protagonist but I was rooting for him anyway and thoroughly enjoyed the writing style. There are a few details that I lingered over after I finished -- some little things that didn't quite make sense, that maybe were a bit of a reach. But I didn't catch them as I read since I was fully engrossed. Highly recommended for folks who enjoy this genre.I got a copy to review from First to Read.
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  • Jill Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    What an extraordinary find this was! I had not read Harry Dolan before, but he is DEFINITELY on my radar now... This is a mysterious thriller that pulled me in from the very first pages. The characters are mostly damaged (some significantly, some insignificantly, but all with impeccable attention to detail); the intersections between them are, more often than not, edged with broken glass, and this tension makes for a taut read. Dolan is a masterful writer, teasing out his story through a minglin What an extraordinary find this was! I had not read Harry Dolan before, but he is DEFINITELY on my radar now... This is a mysterious thriller that pulled me in from the very first pages. The characters are mostly damaged (some significantly, some insignificantly, but all with impeccable attention to detail); the intersections between them are, more often than not, edged with broken glass, and this tension makes for a taut read. Dolan is a masterful writer, teasing out his story through a mingling of sharp insights into the human condition and an easy-going narrative style that is engaging and intelligent. You know whodunit early on; the devil is, as always, in the details though, and the tale of Jack's quest to find the eponymous man in the crooked hat turns and folds back on itself in clever and tricksy ways that kept me guessing while frantically flipping pages to find out if my guesses were anywhere near correct... All in all it's a great tale by a very talented author.My review copy was provided by the Penguin First to Read program.
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  • Mike Zinn
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book - for a number of reasons. First of all, and most importantly, it was a good mystery. I got pretty close to the end before I was able to tell what was going on, and even then I wasn't totally right. Secondly, the characters were interesting. I loved the fact that as new characters were introduced they kept my changing my guess about who the murder was. The other great thing for me was that there was a lot of traveling in the story - and most of it took place in areas w I really enjoyed this book - for a number of reasons. First of all, and most importantly, it was a good mystery. I got pretty close to the end before I was able to tell what was going on, and even then I wasn't totally right. Secondly, the characters were interesting. I loved the fact that as new characters were introduced they kept my changing my guess about who the murder was. The other great thing for me was that there was a lot of traveling in the story - and most of it took place in areas where I have visited. The area between Ann Arbor and Detroit figures very importantly in the story, and several of the small towns in between are also very important. I don't like to talk to much about the story when reviewing mysteries, because I hate spoilers, but I will say, that every time you think you have this one figured out - Harry Dolan will send you shooting off in another direction. That's the way I like it. Guess I need to find some more books by this guy. I also guess that I'm supposed to mention that I did receive a pre-release copy of the ebook version of this novel for free.
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  • Virginia
    January 1, 1970
    A really good easy thriller where you know who the killer is, but not how he's going to be caught.The story jumps between a few perspectives, but the primary character is Jack Pellum whose wife was murdered. As a former detective, he's relentless on his quest to figure out what happened and, on the way, he discovers that his wife wasn't the first victim and she isn't the last. The characters Jack interacts with all have secrets though only some are relevant to who The Man in the Crooked Hat is. A really good easy thriller where you know who the killer is, but not how he's going to be caught.The story jumps between a few perspectives, but the primary character is Jack Pellum whose wife was murdered. As a former detective, he's relentless on his quest to figure out what happened and, on the way, he discovers that his wife wasn't the first victim and she isn't the last. The characters Jack interacts with all have secrets though only some are relevant to who The Man in the Crooked Hat is. The writing is engaging and you'll be rooting for Jack to piece everything together and catch the killer!I recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the classic mystery novel (ones by Chandler or Hammett) as well as anyone who likes a good private investigator mystery.**I read this courtesy of an ARC from the publisher**
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book. Both men had interesting lives and dynamics to add to the story. I shared an instant connection with Jack. I felt his anguish to find the man responsible for murdering his wife. He is a man on a mission. Which, is the must deadliest type of man. Then you have Michael. Who, played an important role in this story but at the same time he was underwhelming in a way. It felt like Jack was written more in the story than Michael. In addition, Michael did not put off an engaging per I enjoyed this book. Both men had interesting lives and dynamics to add to the story. I shared an instant connection with Jack. I felt his anguish to find the man responsible for murdering his wife. He is a man on a mission. Which, is the must deadliest type of man. Then you have Michael. Who, played an important role in this story but at the same time he was underwhelming in a way. It felt like Jack was written more in the story than Michael. In addition, Michael did not put off an engaging personality. Finally, the suspense was a slow, low burn versus a fast, higher intensity. The slower route was fine and it worked. However, it would have worked better for me if I had been more engaged with the characters which in turn would have allowed me to be more into the story.
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  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of the best thrillers that I have read in a long time. Harry Dolan presents a compelling story about Jack Pellum, a private detective who is trying to find the man he believes murdered his (Jack's) wife. Many twists and complicated relationships propel the story. There are multiple related murders and Jack must find the common thread in order to determine the murderer. Thank you to First to Read for the advance copy of this book. This book is expected to be available November 28, 20 This was one of the best thrillers that I have read in a long time. Harry Dolan presents a compelling story about Jack Pellum, a private detective who is trying to find the man he believes murdered his (Jack's) wife. Many twists and complicated relationships propel the story. There are multiple related murders and Jack must find the common thread in order to determine the murderer. Thank you to First to Read for the advance copy of this book. This book is expected to be available November 28, 2017.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Harry Dolan is a hell of a story teller. Jack Pellum is on a hunt to find the man that killed his wife and all he has to go on is a brief sight of a man across the street one night in a hat. Multiple seemingly unrelated murders get tied together in an intricate tale that I couldn't possibly do justice by trying to summarize. The story is riveting and a true page turner. Must read of 2017. Looking forward to more stories with this character.
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  • Amy Rhodes
    January 1, 1970
    A bit far-fetched but very enjoyable...a lot of the detecting work succeeds from some pretty slender clues but so be it. Good characters; good writing; and ultimately, complicated but satisfying case.
  • Cindy Scheffler
    January 1, 1970
    I got this from First to Read to give a review on. From the beginning you knew who committed the murder but did not know why. The story follows Jack Pellum who's wife was murdered and he is trying to find out who it was. The twist and turns keep you hooked.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    I love intrigue. I love Harry Dolan books. This is his best! You will not be disappointed.
  • Judith Mosconi
    January 1, 1970
    Great new mystery writer for me. Plot doesn't get bogged down. Characters are believable but ending was a bit abrupt. I would read again to revisit this detective.
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