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The wildly anticipated conclusion of Charlie Huston's Henry "Hank" Thompson trilogy (Caught Stealing and Six Bad Things) -- a sequence of down-and-dirty pulp noir thrillers with a much-deserved cult following -- brings ill-fated New York City bartender turned mass murderer Thompson back to where the chaos all started: the Big Apple.
In disfavor with Russian crime lord David Dolokhov after stealing and then losing more than $4 million in cold cash, the 37-year-old Thompson is unwillingly making amends by working as a hit man in Vegas. With the threat of his elderly parents being brutally murdered hanging over his head, Thompson -- with the aid of numerous pharmaceuticals -- does his job with callous consistency. But when Dolokhov sends Thompson back to New York City to act as a chaperon for an up-and-coming baseball player with a gambling addiction, he is forced to come face-to-face with perilous ghosts from his past -- and for better or worse, Thompson's wild journey will come to an end...
Fans of gritty pulp noir thrillers by authors like James Ellroy, Lawrence Block, and -- more recently -- Ken Bruen and Jason Starr would be doing themselves a monumental disservice by not experiencing Huston's outrageously entertaining trilogy. Featuring sadistic Russian mobsters, Mexican beach bums, meth-addicted rednecks, fanatical Chechen revolutionaries, and heaping helpings of over-the-top violence and drug-induced mayhem, these novels are so damn good they should be illegal. Paul Goat Allen