Caught Stealing

Caught Stealing

Book - 2004
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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.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2004
ISBN: 9780345464774
Characteristics: 240 p


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Sep 22, 2010

Absolutely amazing book. Highly recommended.

Oct 10, 2007

I read this on a recommendation from Stephen King writing in the New York Times. It's a rollicking tale, often violent, about an ordinary guy innocently caught up in a dispute among New York mobsters. The violence can be a little off-putting at times, but it is done in the best tradition of great crime writers like Raymond Chandler. Definitely a "guy's book," according to my wife, who appreciated it but didn't like it.

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