A Dangerous Man: A Novel by Charlie Huston

By Charlie Huston

“Among the recent voices in twenty-first-century crime fiction, Charlie Huston . . . is the place it’s at.”
–The Washington Post

“Huston writes discussion so flamable it may well gas a bus and characters loopy sufficient to take it at the road.”
–The manhattan instances e-book Review

Reluctant hitman Henry Thompson has fallen on difficult instances. His grip on existence is disintegrating, his pistol hand shaking, his physique pinned to his lounge sofa by means of painkillers–and his boss, Russian mobster David Dolokhov, isn’t chuffed approximately any of it. So Henry is shocked whilst he’s passed a brand new task: maintain tabs on a minor league baseball famous person named Miguel Arenas.

Henry has no pity for the slugger and the depraved playing challenge that obtained him in hassle, yet he can’t aid liking the fellow. in the end, Henry was similar to him: a natural-born ball participant with a vibrant destiny. yet hell, that was once in the past. ahead of Henry did a few man a desire and ended up operating for his lifestyles. ahead of his female friend and acquaintances bought gunned down via an individual on his tail. sooner than he agreed to shop for his parents’ defense with a lifetime of violence.

And while Miguel will get drafted by means of the Mets and is distributed to the Brooklyn Cyclones, Henry needs to head again to big apple, again to where the place all his difficulties began–and the place Henry may well discover a genuine cause to maintain dwelling, a cause that could simply expense him his life.

“Huston jogs my memory of all my favourite writers–Pete Dexter, Robert Stone, Crumley. If there's this sort of factor as compassionate noir, Charlie has came across it. He’s a real marvel.”
–Ken Bruen, writer of The Guards

“Charlie Huston is the true deal.”
–Peter Straub

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Maybe you hadn’t heard about it,” he said, “but there have been a number of incidents in this part of town over the last few weeks. A child was bitten by a dog on the way to school about ten days ago – nothing serious, just a nip, but enough to break the skin. The child gave a rather vague account of what happened, apparently. You know how children are – they don’t make very good witnesses. ” Domenica switched on the kettle. She glanced at the kitchen surfaces around her and sniffed. Angus Lordie’s kitchen was cleaner than many bachelor kitchens, but only just.

But only just. ” “There are people down at the Cumberland Bar,” said Matthew. ” So Who Exactly Are Big Lou’s Big Friends? “Not much use having friends in a bar,” said Big Lou enigmatically. “Anyway, Cyril meant a lot to Angus. And now I expect they’ll put him down. That’s the way it is for dogs. Step out of line, and that’s it. We had a dog in Arbroath that worried sheep and a farmer shot it. No questions. ” Matthew half-listened to this dire prediction. He was thinking of friendship: even if Angus had few friends – which he did not think was true – then how many close friends was it possible to have?

He bit nobody,” said Angus firmly. “Cyril is innocent. ” 17 6. Angus Tells the Story of Cyril’s Misfortune “I think you should invite me in,” said Domenica, from the hallway of Angus Lordie’s flat. “Let me make us a pot of coffee. ” Angus Lordie’s earlier – and most uncharacteristic – churlishness evaporated. “Of course,” he said. “How rude of me. It’s just that . . ” Domenica understood. She had not had a dog since childhood, but she remembered the sense of utter desolation she had experienced after the loss of the scruffy Cairn terrier, which her mother had taken in from a cousin.

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