Jacques Filippi, who runs the House of Crime and Mystery in Canada, writes:
Hearts of Stone is Brad Smith at the top of his game, a novel about greed and desperation that leads to cold-blooded violence but with a humanity and sensitivity that will emerge from the darkness; Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood mixed with Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone.
Brad Smith masters the cadence of his multi-layered story that he permeates in an atmosphere of raw emotions. He especially excels at developing true characters like Carl Burns, the main protagonist, a man of few words who presents to the world an external quietness while his internal force drives him.
I am so much looking forward to reading the next book in the series that I intend to drop everything else when I have it. Brad Smith is Canada’s master of country noir.