It's three thousand miles from the fields of glory, where Henry "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.
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by Charlie Huston
by Charlie Donlea
by Charlie Jane Anders
by James Rollins
"It took little more than a decade or so for teen baseball star Hank Thompson to become "Sailor," an alcoholic bartender in lower Manhattan. Paul's Place, the bar where he works, is as seedy as the neighborhood that surrounds it. But this is the life Hank has embraced. Then things begin to go downhill when he agrees to care for his neighbors' cat. Narrating in the first person, reader Christian Conn becomes Hank and completely captures the tone and texture of this novel's people and places. From melancholy mom to crooked cop, Conn's narration projects the problems of Hank and his friends. However, this outstanding work is not for everyone. Liberally laced with street talk, the story could be too much for some. T.J.M. ¥¥¥ (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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