The hero of Caught Stealing, Hank Thompson, is having a bad week – a bad life, actually. Once a hotshot high school baseball prospect, the unlucky bastard is now a going-nowhere New York City bartender precariously teetering on the wagon of sobriety. His feet ache, he’s down to one kidney thanks to his boozing, and as this fantastically hopped-up thriller kicks off, he’s also getting the stuffing pounded out of him by a pair of Russian mobsters in color-coordinated Nike tracksuits.
It turns out that the cat Hank’s neighbor left in his care is sitting on a secret. Literally. Hidden at the bottom of its cage is a key wanted not only by those fashionable Russian goons but also by a sadistic cop, a Samoan hitman, and a pair of psycho brothers who dress in leather cowboy gear. In his debut novel, Charlie Huston has come up with a wrong-man plot worthy of Hitchcock.