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Caught Stealing by Charlie Huston

Caught Stealing by Charlie Huston

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Enjoy this critically-acclaimed thriller by Charlie Huston, absolutely free! This is the first book in Huston's Hank Thompson series. Be sure to check out the next two on Scribd.com, also for free -- "Six Bad Things" and "A Dangerous Man."

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.
Enjoy this critically-acclaimed thriller by Charlie Huston, absolutely free! This is the first book in Huston's Hank Thompson series. Be sure to check out the next two on Scribd.com, also for free -- "Six Bad Things" and "A Dangerous Man."

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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Publish date: May 31, 2005
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Dear Reader, You’ve just downloaded a free copy of CAUGHTSTEALING by Charlie Huston. Lucky you. I think you’ll agree that Huston is one of the most ruthless-ly inventive storytellers at work today—and I’m notthe only one who thinks so. His books have beennominated for a handful of awards and havereceived high praise, like when Stephen King calledhis novels “blistering” and “unputdownable,” or when the
Washington Post 
said that “Among thevoices of 21st century crime fiction, Charlie Hustonis where it’s at.”So if you dig this novel like I think you will, youshould know that there’s more Charlie Huston to behad. His next novel, THE MYSTIC ARTS OFERASING ALL SIGNS OF DEATH, hits stores January 13th and is not to be missed. Anyway, I thought you should know.Now back to your regularly scheduled reading,Mark TavaniSenior EditorBallantine Books
 
Praise for 
 AUGHT 
TEALING 
by
CHARLIE HUSTON 
“In his debut novel, Huston has come up with a wrong-man plotworthy of Hitchcock.”
 —Entertainment Weekly
“Wow! Brutal, visceral, violent, edgy, and brilliant.”
 —
Harlan Coben, author of 
 No Second Chance
Caught Stealing
reads like
The Maltese Falcon
on crack. Tarantinomeets Hitchcock meets Westlake meets Bukowski in a wild, relent-lessly entertaining ride filled with vivid and colorful—but alwaysbelievable—characters.”
 —
 Wallace Stroby, author of 
The Barbed-Wire Kiss
“It’s hard enough for a writer to hit his mark, but Charlie Hustonshreds his target with his first bullet fired. A frighteningly assured de-but novel.”
 —
 John Ridley, author of 
Stray Dogs
and
The Drift
“A gripping parable of bad things happening to a good person . . .”
 —The Philadelphia Inquirer 
“The mayhem is riveting. . . . Huston shows a masterful command of first-person narrative, deftly chronicling Thompson’s gradual slidefrom victim to avenger. . . . The story moves with the speed of thebest chase novels, and Thompson possesses a self-deprecating spiritthat will keep readers rooting for him even as he edges closer to thepoint of no return.”
 —Publishers Weekly

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meggo_2 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
A perfectly serviceable little book by Charlie Huston about a bartender who gets in the middle of a bad situation that leads to a massive shootout with him as the lead story in a national manhunt. Nothing too heavy, this is a quick read. Good for the beach or the bathtub, you'll forget about it before the water has gone cold.
etrainer_2 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Gritty. I've gotten somewhat squeamish in my old age, and I had to stop reading once or twice. I'll never think of staple pullers in the same way again. Still, an entertaining read. I want to try others in this series.
tadad_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Don't read Huston's stuff if you have an objection to gritty and violent thrillers. This particular one has it in spades—from the moment bartender Hank Thompson gets dragged across his bar and beaten for no apparent reason, until the final pages which aren't cliché happily-ever-after, the story is a fast and raw encounter between a relatively average fellow and a world he's unequipped to handle. That's what makes Huston's stuff interesting: it feels more real than those stories where the ordinary protagonist suddenly discovers he's incredibly adept at outwitting criminals who have spent their lives moving in that world.
dutchfan reviewed this
Rated 5/5
First time reading Huston and I think he's worth the praise. Fast moving story with plenty of dark humor. Will definitely continue reading about Hank Thompson.
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