Review by K. Robert Einarson

Hank Thompson has done some bad things. These bad things have caused him to hide out in Mexico with four millions dollars of the Russian mob’s money. Life is going good until a backpacker with a Russian accent shows up asking about the money and questioning the safety of Thompson’s parents who still live in Los Angeles. Hank first heads to LA and then to Las Vegas. Along the way, he meets a number of people who force him to change his plans several times and cause him to do more bad things as the book reaches its exciting conclusion.

I picked up SIX BAD THINGS because of the Ken Bruen blurb on the back, the great front cover that caught my eye and because I remembered hearing good things about the author. The book is the second of a trilogy but for some reason, every Chapters (the largest book chain in Canada) I went in to only had this one. So I had to forgo reading “CAUGHT STEALING” and start with the second in the series. But Huston does an exceptional job of providing critical plot details from the first book that I had no problem following the story.

SIX BAD THINGS is a fast paced story that has many twists and turns. Huston keeps you hooked from page one and you can’t help but feel for Hank and his situation. Every time it looks like things are starting to turn around for him, it all falls apart.

While Huston’s lack of dialogue tags can make it a little tricky during long stretches of machine gun dialogue to tell which character is talking, the style is fresh and tight. I found myself amazed at how the action can kick into high gear instantly.

I am really looking forward to getting the final book in the series, A DANGEROUS MAN to see how it all ends. Huston’s compelling characterization, solid plot development and break neck pacing makes his work hard to put down.


Kevin Einarson is the publisher of Spinetingler Magazine. His short fiction has appeared in Mouth Full of Bullets, Flashing in the Gutters and Spinetingler.

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