Charlie Huston is one of the best pulp fiction writers alive. There is no more accurate way to describe him. He has taken the mantle of Mickey Spillane and customized it to the gritty post-modern streets of New York. The Hank Thompson series takes a unlikely hero, puts him in the innocent victim in the wrong place and wrong time scenario and revs it up to rpms in the light years. Hank and his cat Bud (who has to be the mellowest cat in existence)are instantly likable and I suspect I will be rooting for them in the rest of the series.