By Charlie Huston
“Among the hot voices in twenty-first-century crime fiction, Charlie Huston . . . is the place it’s at.”
–The Washington Post
“Huston writes discussion so flamable it could possibly gasoline a bus and characters loopy sufficient to take it at the road.”
–The big apple occasions publication Review
Reluctant hitman Henry Thompson has fallen on tough instances. His grip on existence is disintegrating, his pistol hand shaking, his physique pinned to his front room sofa through painkillers–and his boss, Russian mobster David Dolokhov, isn’t satisfied approximately any of it. So Henry is stunned while he’s passed a brand new project: hold tabs on a minor league baseball superstar named Miguel Arenas.
Henry has no pity for the slugger and the depraved playing challenge that received him in difficulty, yet he can’t support liking the man. in spite of everything, Henry was similar to him: a natural-born ball participant with a vibrant destiny. yet hell, that used to be some time past. earlier than Henry did a few man a want and ended up operating for his existence. ahead of his female friend and pals received gunned down by way of a person on his tail. ahead of he agreed to shop for his parents’ defense with a lifetime of violence.
And while Miguel will get drafted through the Mets and is shipped to the Brooklyn Cyclones, Henry needs to head again to long island, again to where the place all his difficulties began–and the place Henry may perhaps discover a genuine cause to maintain residing, a cause that can simply price him his life.
“Huston jogs my memory of all my favourite writers–Pete Dexter, Robert Stone, Crumley. If there's any such factor as compassionate noir, Charlie has came across it. He’s a real marvel.”
–Ken Bruen, writer of The Guards
“Charlie Huston is the genuine deal.”
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