Caught Stealing by Charlie Huston
(Hank Thompson Trilogy)

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It’s three thousand miles from the green fields of glory, where Henry “call me Hank” Thompson once played California baseball, to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where the tenements are old, the rents are high, and the drunks are dirty. But now Hank is here, working as a bartender and taking care of a cat named Bud who is surely going to get him killed.

It begins when Hank’s neighbor, Russ, has to leave town in a rush and hands over Bud in a carrier. But it isn’t until two Russians in tracksuits drag Hank over the bar at the joint where he works and beat him to a pulp that he starts to get the idea: Someone wants something from him. He just doesn’t know what it is, where it is, or how to make them understand he doesn’t have it.

Within twenty-four hours Hank is running over rooftops, swinging his old aluminum bat for the sweet spot of a guy’s head, playing hide and seek with the NYPD, riding the subway with a dead man at his side, and counting a whole lot of cash on a concrete floor.

All because of two cowboys, two Russian mafia men, and some of the weirdest goons ever assembled in one place. All because of Bud. All because once, in another life, in another world, the only thing Hank wanted was to take third base—without getting caught.

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About Charlie Huston

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Charlie Huston is the author of Sleepless, the bestsellers The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death and The Shotgun Rule, the Henry Thompson trilogy, the Joe Pitt casebooks, and several titles for Marvel Comics. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.
Published April 27, 2004 by Ballantine Books. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Blood in buckets, bodies in heaps. But the dialogue's fresh, and the pages turn in a superviolent debut.

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There's no end to Hank Thompson's troubles. Once a star high school baseball player, he's now reduced to tending bar at a neighborhood dive on Manhattan's Lower East Side. During hi

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Entertainment Weekly

The hero of Caught Stealing, Hank Thompson, is having a bad week -- a bad life, actually.

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Reviewing the Evidence

From seeing his friend Yvonne, who was killed by Ed and Paris, to the firefight at Paul's Bar, where all his friends are killed, Hank has to run and hide while trying to figure out where the money is and how to keep it.

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(However, I also have to do that with Elmore Leonard- hush my mouth-and it doesn’t spoil the read for me.) Though Hank’s life and identity are disintegrating, he can’t stop tracking the Giants’ march toward the playoffs.

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