RARA-AVIS: Charlie Huston's Caught Stealing

From: Dave Zeltserman ( davezelt@comcast.net)
Date: 16 Feb 2006

Anyone else read this? Very very impressive book. One of the blurbs on the backcover "reads like The Maltese Falcon on crack" is pretty accurate. High octane book where a nice-guy bartender, Hank Thompson, through no fault of his own (or maybe because he mixes a bad cosmpolitan) is first torutured and then on the run from a gang of ruthless thugs, including one of NY's finest, all in pursuit of the rara avis (well, 4 1/2 million bucks). Lots of twists, lots of interesting little mannerisms (Hank is on the phone with the corrupt cop trying to work out a deal, and then you have the awkward moment at the end where Hank finds himself having to say "good-bye"). The writing in this is near pitch-perfect, and what make this even more impressive is that it's Huston's first book.

RARA-AVIS home page: http://www.miskatonic.org/rara-avis/
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