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
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.
ABOUT THE REVIEWER
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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