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Caught Stealing (Hank Thompson, #1)
by Charlie Huston
by Charlie Huston
Huston, Charlie. CAUGHT STEALING. (2004). ****. This was Huston’s dazzling debut into the world of crime fiction. It doesn’t get any darker than this. He manages to keep up the fast pace throughout the book, though he does occassionally have to kill an innocent bystander or two to keep our attention. It is the story of a nice young man from California, Henry (Hank) Thompson. Hank grew up loving baseball, and excelled at it on every team he was on – from t-Ball onwards. In his senior year at high school, he was attempting to steal third when the third baseman, who had jumped up to snag the toss, landed on Hank’s leg and broke it in two places. The scouts who were watching the game left early. Hank migrated to New York and became a bartender, a job that let him keep his odd hours and continue to have his fill of his new found friend – booze. The trouble starts when Russ, his next-door neighbor, asks him to watch his cat for a little while since he has to go to Rochester to visit his father who’s in the hospital. When two Russians come to visit Hank and beat him to a pulp, he begins to suspect something: someone wants something from him, but he doesn’t know what it is or how to make them understand that he doesn’t have whatever it is. The next twenty-four hour period sees Hank running across rooftops in his neighborhood, riding next to a dead man on the subway, trying to keep more of his friends from being killed by maniacal hit men, and sitting in a concrete storage bin counting out over $4 million dollars. The tale escalates to a violent and edgy conclusion. It is obvious that Huston will be a new power on the thriller scene. Recommended.
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