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A Dangerous Man by Charlie Huston
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A Dangerous Man

by Charlie Huston

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"Huston writes dialogue so combustible it could fuel a bus and characters crazy enough to take it on the road."--The New York Times Book Review Reluctant hitman Henry Thompson has fallen on hard times. His grip on life is disintegrating, his pistol hand shaking, his body pinned to his living room couch by painkillers-and his boss, Russian mobster David Dolokhov, isn't happy about any of it. So Henry is surprised when he's handed a new assignment: keep tabs on a minor league baseball star named Miguel Arenas. Henry has no pity for the slugger and the wicked gambling problem that got him in trouble, but he can't help liking the guy. After all, Henry used to be just like him: a natural-born ball player with a bright future. But hell, that was long ago. Before Henry did some guy a favor and ended up running for his life. Before his girlfriend and buddies got gunned down by someone on his tail. Before he agreed to buy his parents' safety with a life of violence. And when Miguel gets drafted by the Mets and is sent to the Brooklyn Cyclones, Henry must head back to New York, back to the place where all his problems began--and where Henry might find a real reason to keep living, a reason that may just cost him his life. Praise for A Dangerous Man "Among the new voices in twenty-first-century crime fiction, Charlie Huston . . . is where it's at."--The Washington Post "Huston reminds me of all my favorite writers-Pete Dexter, Robert Stone, Crumley. If there is such a thing as compassionate noir, Charlie has found it. He's a true marvel."--Ken Bruen, author of The Guards "Charlie Huston is the real deal."--Peter Straub… (more)

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The final instalment in the Henry "Hank" Thompson trilogy begins with Henry now working as an enforcer for Russian mobster David to protect his parents. His interest in his own life is gone, continually feeding his body with a mix of drugs just to get through each day and he can't even manage the simple task of shooting a prostrate victim in the back of the head without assistance. His boss offers him one last job or he'll finally cut his losses and Henry will be no more. He's surprised when this job turns out to be babysitting a young man with a large gambling problem. Miguel Arenas is a future sporting superstar, first round pick for the NY Mets, and has come to Vegas for a last hurrah. Henry manages to make a good impression so when Miguel is sent to the Brooklyn Cyclones and is told he needs a minder he demands that Henry is the one he wants. This means a return to where is all began for Henry. Will his past come back to haunt him or will old haunts revitalise his lust for life?

This is a dark, violent and brutal finale to what's been a very good series. Having said that, it's also not without an emotional impact as long as you have followed the protagonist's journey from the start. I doubt you would warm to the lead if you came to this book first (so read Caught Stealing and Six Bad Things first) if you haven't already done so. An excellent set of characters, believable dialogue and an unrelenting pace make the pages fly by right up until the fitting conclusion. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Nov 23, 2014 |
What an amazing book. I like the main character of Hank. He is the regular guy who just regrets some of life decisions. A fitting end to a great series. Highly recommended. ( )
  irunsjh | Dec 7, 2010 |
Henry Thompson is a former high school baseball phenom and now he's a busted-down pill-popping hit man. He works for a Russian mobster, who is actually blackmailing Hank into doing his "dirty work". This is the last book in a trilogy and they have all been very entertaining crime novels, packed with humor and bone-jarring violence. Huston is easily one of the best writers currently working in this genre. ( )
  msf59 | Oct 25, 2009 |
Brutal! ( )
  GTTexas | Jun 15, 2009 |
I think I am addicted to Charlie Huston novels! This book was quite the thrill ride, just like the previous two in the series. Guess I will have to pick up a new series by him soon! ( )
  TheBoltChick | Jan 18, 2009 |
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