Glen Erik Hamilton’s ‘A Dangerous Breed’ Gives Van Shaw a Shocking Ultimatum [REVIEW]

Is Van Shaw ready to face off with his most dangerous opponent yet? (Photo courtesy Canva)

Startling secrets. A dangerous blackmailer. When Van Shaw gets trapped in a potentially deadly situation, will his past finally catch up to his present? And where can he turn for help before a terrifying plot explodes in his face? Find out in Glen Erik Hamilton’s fifth Van Shaw novel, A Dangerous Breed.

Glen Erik Hamilton's A DANGEROUS BREED
William Morrow

All of us wonder where we come from. We comb through our family’s past, subscribe to genealogy sites and send our DNA off to labs to uncover reasons and answers regarding the present. Hamilton’s protagonist Van Shaw is no different.

His curiosity is peaked when he finds an invitation addressed to his deceased mother. As he traces her past, he discovers she’d been involved with a boy she may have been seeing when she became pregnant. But is the boy his biological father? If so, it could mean that his paternal side of the family tree is even shadier than his own.

If that’s not enough to stress Van Shaw out, he also becomes the target of an international blackmailer who wants him to break into a biotechnology firm and steal a weapon which has the potential to kill thousands of people. If he doesn’t do what’s demanded of him, Van Shaw may lose the people he loves most.

To thwart his blackmailer, Van Shaw must work closely with his team if they are to extricate themselves out of this sticky situation. But will they be savvy enough to succeed? Or will he have to reach out to his newfound family to help him outwit a demented psychopath.

As A Dangerous Breed unfolds, the reader is reminded of something we can lose sight of sometimes: we all have choices. While it may be difficult to make the right decision when the ramifications for either option is high, making no choice is still a choice in itself. Many times we simply elect the option which comes with the least amount of collateral damage, particularly when it affects those who are closest to us.

By giving Van Shaw this kind of nerve-wracking ultimatum, Hamilton crafts another suspenseful and psychologically spellbinding novel that delivers a knockout punch right between the eyes. He populates his cast with flawed yet endearing characters, individuals who intrinsically want to make the world a better place for those who will live after them. But at what cost to themselves do they accomplish their goal? As you read A Dangerous Breed, you will discover the true price that is paid for making such an impossible decision, and witness the residual aftershocks that shake the lives of the survivors long after the choice is made. Brace yourself. This thriller will rattle your teeth.

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Glen Erik Hamilton (Photo by Michael Helms Photography)


Glen Erik Hamilton writes crime thrillers. His novels have been called “outstanding” (Publishers Weekly), “perfect mix of serious crime and caper movie” (Criminal Element), and “a must-read series” (Mystery Scene Magazine).

Hamilton’s debut novel Past Crimes won the Anthony, Macavity, and Strand Magazine Critics Awards, and was also nominated for the Edgar®, Barry, and Nero Awards. Kirkus called Past Crimes “an exciting heir to the classic detective novel.” Each of his subsequent books in the Van Shaw series have earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and more, and been published in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Turkey, the Czech Republic, and Japan.

Glen grew up aboard a sailboat in Seattle, Washington, playing and occasionally finding trouble around the islands, marinas, and commercial docks of the Pacific Northwest. Whenever the boat drifted on calm seas, Glen would raid his parents’ bookshelves, passing the idle hours with Travis McGee, Spenser, and the labyrinthine plots of Patricia Highsmith and Fredrick Forsyth. Years later, Glen met his wife while both were performing in an Agatha Christie play. Prior to his fiction writing career he worked in wireless telecom, the gaming industry, and non-profit healthcare.

Glen served as President of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America from 2018-2019 and is also a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. He lives near Los Angeles with his family and publicly acknowledges his addiction to Columbo.

For more information, visit, like him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Goodreads.

By Glen Erik Hamilton
432 pp. William Morrow. $27.99

Purchase A Dangerous Breed direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, or Walmart.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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