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Mr. Hooligan

Mr. Hooligan

Ian Vasquez

Minotaur Books

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Riley James was small-time, just a kid running messages and money for the Monsanto Brothers, the real players in Belize City. Then one slip in judgment left two men dead. The Monsantos handled the situation for their young protégé---but accepting this favor put Riley inescapably in their debt.

Now, years later, he's a pro picking up drug drops under the Coast Guard's nose and guiding boats through the reefs, which was something he wanted as a kid but not anymore. He wants out once and for all, and to cancel his debt, he makes a deal with the Monsantos to do one last run. It's Riley's last chance to scrape back to even, to nothing, to a place where he hasn't been since he was just a kid.

Shamus Award winner Ian Vasquez is a rising star in the world of noir, and he reaches new heights with Mr. Hooligan, a gripping, hardboiled story of a man fighting to escape to a new life---or die trying.

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CHAPTER ONE

"Once upon a time," Patricia said, "Charles Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis in a seaside polo field in Belize, or I should say in British Honduras. Which is what they called it back in the late 1920s. That...

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Praise for Mr. Hooligan

“Vasquez has crafted a crime novel that unfolds like a Greektragedy with his flawed, unbowed hero bravely facing everything fate throws athim.” - Publishers Weekly


“Vasquez sticks closely to noir formula, but heplays all the notes with feeling, and the Belize backdrop provides one of thebest noir landscapes since Vicki Hendricks turned up the steam at a Laundromat.”- Booklist

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About the author

Ian Vasquez

Ian Vasquez, whose first novel, In the Heat, won the Shamus Award, received his MFA while working on a psychiatric ward and counseling at-risk high school students. Raised in Belize and now a copy editor at the St. Petersburg Times, he lives with his family near Tampa Bay, Florida.

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Photo: Pamela Vasquez

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