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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.

Review:

"This engaging debut novel delivers fresh, jazzy riffs on the innocent-man-stumbling-into-jeopardy genre....This polished debut promises a bright future for Huston and definitely belongs on every Elmore Leonard fan's to-read list." Booklist (Starred Review)

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"[A] fantastically hopped-up thriller....In his debut novel, Charlie Huston has come up with a wrong-man plot worthy of Hitchcock. (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly

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"Impressive debut, though not for the squeamish: a torture sequence, unsparingly clinical, lasts the better part of twenty pages." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Wow! Brutal, visceral, violent, edgy, and brilliant." Harlan Coben, author of No Second Chance

Review:

"Caught Stealing reads like The Maltese Falcon on crack. Tarantino meets Hitchcock meets Westlake meets Bukowski in a wild, relentlessly entertaining ride filled with vivid and colorful — but always believable — characters." Wallace Stroby, author of The Barbed-Wire Kiss

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A kind-hearted baseball player-turned-bartender runs afoul of some dangerous thugs looking for the key to a hidden fortune, in this "frighteningly assured debut novel" (John Ridley, author of Stray Dogs) by screenwriter Charlie Huston.

Synopsis:

Its 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 Hanks neighbor, Russ, has to leave town in a rush and hands over Bud in a carrier. But it isnt 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 doesnt know what it is, where it is, or how to make them understand he doesnt have it.

Within twenty-four hours Hank is running over rooftops, swinging his old aluminum bat for the sweet spot of a guys 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.

About the Author

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

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Kelly from Jersey, January 8, 2010 (view all comments by Kelly from Jersey)
Fast-paced, disturbing and still funny. Hard to figure out how Huston pulls it all together, but he is one of the best new authors of the decade.
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Larry Robinson, January 30, 2008 (view all comments by Larry Robinson)
The first in the Henry Thompson series, and still the best. A good, fast paced, thriller.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345464781
Author:
Huston, Charlie
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Subject:
Thrillers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
May 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.04x5.24x.61 in. .42 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345464781 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This engaging debut novel delivers fresh, jazzy riffs on the innocent-man-stumbling-into-jeopardy genre....This polished debut promises a bright future for Huston and definitely belongs on every Elmore Leonard fan's to-read list."
"Review" by , "[A] fantastically hopped-up thriller....In his debut novel, Charlie Huston has come up with a wrong-man plot worthy of Hitchcock. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "Impressive debut, though not for the squeamish: a torture sequence, unsparingly clinical, lasts the better part of twenty pages."
"Review" by , "Wow! Brutal, visceral, violent, edgy, and brilliant." Harlan Coben, author of No Second Chance
"Review" by , "Caught Stealing reads like The Maltese Falcon on crack. Tarantino meets Hitchcock meets Westlake meets Bukowski in a wild, relentlessly entertaining ride filled with vivid and colorful — but always believable — characters." Wallace Stroby, author of The Barbed-Wire Kiss
"Synopsis" by , A kind-hearted baseball player-turned-bartender runs afoul of some dangerous thugs looking for the key to a hidden fortune, in this "frighteningly assured debut novel" (John Ridley, author of Stray Dogs) by screenwriter Charlie Huston.
"Synopsis" by , Its 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 Hanks neighbor, Russ, has to leave town in a rush and hands over Bud in a carrier. But it isnt 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 doesnt know what it is, where it is, or how to make them understand he doesnt have it.

Within twenty-four hours Hank is running over rooftops, swinging his old aluminum bat for the sweet spot of a guys 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.

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