By Charlie Huston

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

“Huston writes discussion so flamable it might probably gas a bus and characters loopy adequate to take it at the road.”
–The ny instances booklet Review

Reluctant hitman Henry Thompson has fallen on tough occasions. His grip on lifestyles is disintegrating, his pistol hand shaking, his physique pinned to his front room sofa via painkillers–and his boss, Russian mobster David Dolokhov, isn’t chuffed approximately any of it. So Henry is stunned while he’s passed a brand new project: retain tabs on a minor league baseball big name named Miguel Arenas.

Henry has no pity for the slugger and the depraved playing challenge that bought him in difficulty, yet he can’t support liking the man. in any case, Henry was similar to him: a natural-born ball participant with a vibrant destiny. yet hell, that used to be in the past. earlier than Henry did a few man a desire and ended up operating for his lifestyles. earlier than his female friend and friends bought gunned down by means of somebody on his tail. ahead of he agreed to shop for his parents’ defense with a lifetime of violence.

And whilst Miguel will get drafted by way of the Mets and is shipped to the Brooklyn Cyclones, Henry needs to head again to long island, again to where the place all his difficulties began–and the place Henry could discover a actual cause to maintain residing, a cause which could simply fee him his life.

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

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

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At least as tall as you, Master Obba. Oblivious to Serra's inner turmoil, the Ithorian continued his tale. "The lightsabers of the fallen Jedi were found in Caleb's camp; the Dark Lord had kept them as trophies. Master Tho'natu brought them back, along with the healer's remains, so they could be laid to rest in a place of honor. "This monument represents one of the greatest triumphs of the Jedi Order, but also one of its grimmest chapters. The Sith are no more, but only at the cost of many lives that will be sorely missed.

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