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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Publisher Comments:

Reluctant hitman Henry Thompson has fallen on hard times. His grip on life is disintegrating, his pistol hand shaking, his body pinned to his living room couch by painkillers — and his boss, Russian mobster David Dolokhov, isn't happy about any of it. So Henry is surprised when he's handed a new assignment: keep tabs on a minor league baseball star named Miguel Arenas.

Henry has no pity for the slugger and the wicked gambling problem that got him in trouble, but he can't help liking the guy. After all, Henry used to be just like him: a natural-born ball player with a bright future. But hell, that was long ago. Before Henry did some guy a favor and ended up running for his life. Before his girlfriend and buddies got gunned down by someone on his tail. Before he agreed to buy his parents' safety with a life of violence.

And when Miguel gets drafted by the Mets and is sent to the Brooklyn Cyclones, Henry must head back to New York, back to the place where all his problems began — and where Henry might find a real reason to keep living, a reason that may just cost him his life.

Review:

"Huston doesn't let his battered, tormented protagonist rest for one moment in the exciting final volume of his trilogy featuring Henry 'Hank' Thompson, now an unwilling hit man for David Dolokhov, the Russian mobster whose $4 million he stole (and lost) in 2005's Six Bad Things. With a botched plastic surgery job that's left him disfigured and in chronic pain, Hank is only able to deal with his nightmares about the people he's killed with handfuls of prescription painkillers. He's on the verge of slipping under when Dolokhov assigns him to protect Miguel Arenas, a rising young baseball star and gambling addict who also owes the Russian a big chunk of change. Hank is forced to confront his own past as a former minor league player as his bodyguard gig takes him to New York, where his misadventures began. While the book drags a bit in the middle, the pace picks up toward the end as Hank finds himself once again doing what he does best, running for his life. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The satisfying story moves right along." Booklist

Review:

"Maintains the unpleasantly sadistic violence that's been a series hallmark." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Huston writes dialogue so combustible it could fuel a bus and characters crazy enough to take it on the road." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Among the new voices in twenty-first-century crime fiction, Charlie Huston...is where it's at." The Washington Post

Review:

"Charlie Huston is the real deal." Peter Straub

Review:

"Huston reminds me of all my favorite writers — Pete Dexter, Robert Stone, Crumley. If there is such a thing as compassionate noir, Charlie has found it. He's a true marvel." Ken Bruen, author of The Guards

Synopsis:

“Among the new voices in twenty-first-century crime fiction, Charlie Huston . . . is where its at.”

–The Washington Post

“Huston writes dialogue so combustible it could fuel a bus and characters crazy enough to take it on the road.”

–The New York Times Book Review

Reluctant hitman Henry Thompson has fallen on hard times. His grip on life is disintegrating, his pistol hand shaking, his body pinned to his living room couch by painkillers–and his boss, Russian mobster David Dolokhov, isnt happy about any of it. So Henry is surprised when hes handed a new assignment: keep tabs on a minor league baseball star named Miguel Arenas.

Henry has no pity for the slugger and the wicked gambling problem that got him in trouble, but he cant help liking the guy. After all, Henry used to be just like him: a natural-born ball player with a bright future. But hell, that was long ago. Before Henry did some guy a favor and ended up running for his life. Before his girlfriend and buddies got gunned down by someone on his tail. Before he agreed to buy his parents safety with a life of violence.

And when Miguel gets drafted by the Mets and is sent to the Brooklyn Cyclones, Henry must head back to New York, back to the place where all his problems began–and where Henry might find a real reason to keep living, a reason that may just cost him his life.

“Huston reminds me of all my favorite writers–Pete Dexter, Robert Stone, Crumley. If there is such a thing as compassionate noir, Charlie has found it. Hes a true marvel.”

–Ken Bruen, author of The Guards

“Charlie Huston is the real deal.”

–Peter Straub

Synopsis:

The thrilling conclusion of the revered Henry Thompson trilogy, this text follows crime fiction fan's hero as he makes one final, desperate play for his parents' lives.

About the Author

Charles Huston is a novelist and screenwriter. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife, the actress Virginia Louise Smith.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345481337
Author:
Huston, Charlie
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Author:
Charles Huston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Murder for hire
Subject:
Russian American criminals
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Subject:
Thrillers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x 0.65 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 304 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345481337 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Huston doesn't let his battered, tormented protagonist rest for one moment in the exciting final volume of his trilogy featuring Henry 'Hank' Thompson, now an unwilling hit man for David Dolokhov, the Russian mobster whose $4 million he stole (and lost) in 2005's Six Bad Things. With a botched plastic surgery job that's left him disfigured and in chronic pain, Hank is only able to deal with his nightmares about the people he's killed with handfuls of prescription painkillers. He's on the verge of slipping under when Dolokhov assigns him to protect Miguel Arenas, a rising young baseball star and gambling addict who also owes the Russian a big chunk of change. Hank is forced to confront his own past as a former minor league player as his bodyguard gig takes him to New York, where his misadventures began. While the book drags a bit in the middle, the pace picks up toward the end as Hank finds himself once again doing what he does best, running for his life. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The satisfying story moves right along."
"Review" by , "Maintains the unpleasantly sadistic violence that's been a series hallmark."
"Review" by , "Huston writes dialogue so combustible it could fuel a bus and characters crazy enough to take it on the road."
"Review" by , "Among the new voices in twenty-first-century crime fiction, Charlie Huston...is where it's at."
"Review" by , "Charlie Huston is the real deal."
"Review" by , "Huston reminds me of all my favorite writers — Pete Dexter, Robert Stone, Crumley. If there is such a thing as compassionate noir, Charlie has found it. He's a true marvel."
"Synopsis" by , “Among the new voices in twenty-first-century crime fiction, Charlie Huston . . . is where its at.”

–The Washington Post

“Huston writes dialogue so combustible it could fuel a bus and characters crazy enough to take it on the road.”

–The New York Times Book Review

Reluctant hitman Henry Thompson has fallen on hard times. His grip on life is disintegrating, his pistol hand shaking, his body pinned to his living room couch by painkillers–and his boss, Russian mobster David Dolokhov, isnt happy about any of it. So Henry is surprised when hes handed a new assignment: keep tabs on a minor league baseball star named Miguel Arenas.

Henry has no pity for the slugger and the wicked gambling problem that got him in trouble, but he cant help liking the guy. After all, Henry used to be just like him: a natural-born ball player with a bright future. But hell, that was long ago. Before Henry did some guy a favor and ended up running for his life. Before his girlfriend and buddies got gunned down by someone on his tail. Before he agreed to buy his parents safety with a life of violence.

And when Miguel gets drafted by the Mets and is sent to the Brooklyn Cyclones, Henry must head back to New York, back to the place where all his problems began–and where Henry might find a real reason to keep living, a reason that may just cost him his life.

“Huston reminds me of all my favorite writers–Pete Dexter, Robert Stone, Crumley. If there is such a thing as compassionate noir, Charlie has found it. Hes a true marvel.”

–Ken Bruen, author of The Guards

“Charlie Huston is the real deal.”

–Peter Straub

"Synopsis" by , The thrilling conclusion of the revered Henry Thompson trilogy, this text follows crime fiction fan's hero as he makes one final, desperate play for his parents' lives.
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