Six Bad Things (Hank Thompson #2) by Charlie HustonHank Thompson is living off the map in Mexico with a bagful of cash that the Russian mafia wants back and many, many secrets. So when a Russian backpacker shows up in town asking questions, Hank tries to play it cool. But he knows the jig is up when the backpacker mentions the money . . . and the family Hank left behind. Suddenly Hank’s in a desperate race to get to his parents in California before anyone can harm them. Along the way he’ll face Federales and Border Patrol, mafiosi and vigilantes, extortionists and drug dealers, and a couple of psychotic surf bums with an ax to grind. From the golden beaches of the Yucatán to the seedy strip clubs of Vegas, Charlie Huston opens a door to the squalid underworld of crime and corruption–and invites the reader to live it in the extreme.
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Cancel anytime. Henry "Hank" Thompson's got a good thing going - a hut on a quiet Mexican beach, morning swims, a nice breakfast place a few miles down shore…until a backpacker with a Russian accent shows up and starts asking questions about his past. Questions Hank doesn't want to deal with. And then the backpacker mentions the money…and Hank's parents. So Hank makes a fateful move…because no one threatens Hank's family. Now Thompson is on the run - dodging federales and Russian mobsters, sneaking past the US Border Patrol, negotiating with nefarious businessmen, and trying desperately to avoid dying at the hands of two hell-bent surfer bums who fancy themselves his allies.
More than fulfilling the promise of Huston's debut, Caught Stealing , this remarkably assured hard-boiled caper has rapid-fire pacing, dead-on dialogue and a beleaguered protagonist who just can't get a break. Several years later, he's running a breakfast place in the Yucatan, down the shore from his secluded hut. When a Russian bounty hunter shows up asking questions, Hank Fed-Exes his bankroll to a friend in Las Vegas and sneaks north across the border. When not trying to kill him, two surf bum criminals convince him they're allies; as the book reaches its climax, Hank finds himself dodging a memorable cast of lowlifes, would-be mobsters and scammers. Huston takes care with Hank, making him funny and sympathetic even as he reminds us that he has killed six people in New York , and giving even cardboard situations and slight exchanges charge. One of the surfers on a pair of boots: "Kind of metallish for my taste, but fuck it, we're incognito, right?
Look Inside. Jun 28, ISBN Jul 05, ISBN Hank Thompson is living off the map in Mexico with a bagful of cash that the Russian mafia wants back and many, many secrets. So when a Russian backpacker shows up in town asking questions, Hank tries to play it cool. But he knows the jig is up when the backpacker mentions the money.
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Charlie Huston is an American author of crime novels and superhero comic books. According to an interview with Paradigm, he prefers to be classified as a writer of " pulp " as opposed to " noir ". Caught Stealing , along with Six Bad Things and Huston's fourth novel, A Dangerous Man , follow the lovable anti-hero , baseball-mad Henry Thompson, as he works his way through mistaken identity, his past, and a new life for himself. In , Huston joined the list of print authors who have written American comic books. The work is ongoing; Huston wrote the first 12 monthly issues. His run concluded in December He also wrote the second Ultimates annual in August