Henry "Hank" Thompson's got a good thing going-a hut on a quiet Mexican beach, morning swims, a nice breakfast place a few miles down shore ... until a backpacker with a Russian accent shows up and starts asking questions about his past. Questions Hank doesn't want to deal with. And then the backpacker mentions the money ... and Hank's parents. So Hank makes a fateful move ... because no one threatens Hank's family. Now Thompson is on the run-dodging federales and Russian mobsters, sneaking past the US Border Patrol, negotiating with nefarious businessmen, and trying desperately to avoid dying at the hands of two hell-bent surfer bums who fancy themselves his allies. The result is a full-throttle thriller, a cinematic adventure full of booze, bullets, loyalty, and love.
by Charlie Huston
by Lawrence Block
"There are several good things about this latest Hank Thompson adventure. First, it's the second in a trilogy, with more to come. Second, it showcases Christian Conn's tongue-in-cheek narration. Third, there's the story itself. Having escaped from California and a bloody war between bad cops and the Russian mafia--all because he agreed to babysit a cat--Hank and the cat head to Mexico with $4.5 million in cash. This is just the beginning of his problems. Conn first characterizes Hank as a relatively simple soul, but as the action unfolds, you realize there is much more to him. A minor criticism, Conn pauses too long between scenes. A.L.H. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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