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By Charlie Huston

“Among the recent voices in twenty-first-century crime fiction, Charlie Huston . . . is the place it’s at.”
–The Washington Post

“Huston writes discussion so flamable it may gasoline a bus and characters loopy adequate to take it at the road.”
–The ny instances e-book Review

Reluctant hitman Henry Thompson has fallen on challenging occasions. His grip on existence is disintegrating, his pistol hand shaking, his physique pinned to his lounge sofa by way of painkillers–and his boss, Russian mobster David Dolokhov, isn’t chuffed approximately any of it. So Henry is shocked whilst he’s passed a brand new task: retain tabs on a minor league baseball superstar named Miguel Arenas.

Henry has no pity for the slugger and the depraved playing challenge that obtained him in hassle, yet he can’t support liking the man. finally, Henry was similar to him: a natural-born ball participant with a vivid destiny. yet hell, that was once in the past. ahead of Henry did a few man a prefer and ended up working for his lifestyles. ahead of his female friend and pals bought gunned down through somebody on his tail. earlier than he agreed to shop for his parents’ security with a lifetime of violence.

And whilst Miguel will get drafted by means of the Mets and is distributed to the Brooklyn Cyclones, Henry needs to head again to manhattan, again to where the place all his difficulties began–and the place Henry may well discover a genuine cause to maintain residing, a cause that could simply fee him his life.

“Huston jogs my memory of all my favourite writers–Pete Dexter, Robert Stone, Crumley. If there's this kind of factor as compassionate noir, Charlie has came upon it. He’s a real marvel.”
–Ken Bruen, writer of The Guards

“Charlie Huston is the true deal.”
–Peter Straub

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Dank dem Umstand, daß sie mich (als >Stiller<) ebenfalls ans Ende des Alphabets stellen, kann ich mich jedesmal noch eine Weile mit dem deutschen Juden unterhalten. Die Körperpflege in der Schweiz, finden wir beide, steht in einem bemerkenswerten Widerspruch zu ihrer sonstigen Reinemacherei. Er erzählt mir von seiner hiesigen Wohnung, wo er, laut Vertrag, ebenfalls nur am Wochenende mit warmem Wasser duschen durfte. Dann Einzelmarsch in die Zellen, das Frottiertuch um den Hals. Heute erhalte ich folgenden Brief: »Lieber Bruder!

Fragte sie. « war es für Isidor genug der trauten Heimkehr, er zog (wieder mit dem knappen Schwung der Routine, denke ich) den Revolver aus dem Gurt, gab drei Schüsse mitten in die weiche, bisher noch unberührte und mit Zuckerschaum verzierte Torte, was, wie man sich wohl vorstellen kann, eine erhebliche Schweinerei verursachte. « schrie die Gattin, denn ihr Morgenrock war über und über von Schlagrahm verspritzt, ja, und wären nicht die unschuldigen Kinder als Augenzeugen gewesen, hätte sie jenen ganzen Besuch, der übrigens kaum zehn Minuten gedauert haben dürfte, für eine Halluzination gehalten.

Nur damit sie mir meine Leere lassen, meine Nichtigkeit, meine Wirklichkeit, denn es gibt keine Flucht, und was sie mir anbieten, ist Flucht, nicht Freiheit, Flucht in eine Rolle. Warum lassen sie nicht ab? Herr Dr. Bohnenblust (so heißt mein Verteidiger) hat die Dame aus Paris, die sich für meine Gattin hält, auf dem Flugplatz abgeholt und ist von dieser Person, scheint es, sehr charmiert. »Ich wollte Ihnen nur melden«, sagt mein Verteidiger, »daß die Dame glücklich gelandet ist. « Mein Verteidiger ist außerstande, sich zu setzen, er kann sich nur die Hände reiben vor Triumph, als wäre diese Dame aus Paris gleichsam das große Geschütz, das mich zur Kapitulation zwingen wird.

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