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... show more
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.From the Hardcover edition.
Publish date: May 31st 2005
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
Series: Hank Thompson (#1)
An explosive read that demands a soundtrack. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrwjiO1MCVsHere we go!Henry--Hank, to his friends--is just chilling in New York City, working his bartender gig, working his way up at the bar, and slowly pickling his liver. Hank is a genuinely nice guy: he gets along with ...
it was ok, but didn't make me want to read anything else by this author.
Charlie Huston is one of the best pulp fiction writers alive. There is no more accurate way to describe him. He has taken the mantle of Mickey Spillane and customized it to the gritty post-modern streets of New York. The Hank Thompson series takes a unlikely hero, puts him in the innocent victim in ...
Loved this dark tale of a former high school baseball star who is just drifting through life until his neighbor asks him to look after his cat. Great narration by Christian Conn, though some of the more violent scenes were pretty toe-curling.