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A Dangerous Man by Charlie Huston
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Aug 24, 12

Read from August 15 to 24, 2012

This was the strongest of the three Henry Thompson books.

I think I was distracted by Huston's formatting when I started this trilogy (Sleepless, a stand-alone novel and the first Huston book I read, had actual quotation marks; his earlier novels have long dashes indicating dialogue and he rarely attributes dialogue to anyone). As I've grown accustomed to it, I began to appreciate it, and I think it may be Huston's greatest strength. I especially enjoyed the Russian crime kingpin's dialogue and personality in this novel. The way Huston accompanied his speech with gestures and interpretations of the gestures was brilliant: "David mimes a phone at his ear, pulls it away, looks into it. Did I hear right? "

Apparently Stephen King is a fan of Huston too -- he's called him "one of the most remarkable prose stylists to emerge from the noir tradition in this century." I guess I must agree because at this point I plan on reading everything Huston's written.


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