Charlie Henry is the proud new owner of the Three Balls pawnshop, having recently returned Stateside from special-ops work in Iraq. The transition back to normal life seems to be going smoothly for him and his Army buddy and co-owner of the shop, Gordon Sweeney until Gina, Charlie's childhood friend, gets shot in a transaction for information from the previous owner of Three Balls.Read more...
Charlie Henry is the proud new owner of the Three Balls pawnshop, having recently returned Stateside from special-ops work in Iraq. The transition back to normal life seems to be going smoothly for him and his Army buddy and co-owner of the shop, Gordon Sweeney until Gina, Charlie's childhood friend, gets shot in a transaction for information from the previous owner of Three Balls. Gordon rushes to help Gina as she bleeds on the sidewalk, while Charlie roars off on a chase to catch the shooter.
The shooter gets away, and as they dig deeper, they find that the shooting has to do with Howard Baza, the previous owner of the pawnshop, and his rather questionable morals. The Albuquerque Police Department reluctantly lets the two ex-soldiers lend a hand with the investigation. Along the way they get tangled up in gang rivalries and led astray by false identities. They discover that nothing is what it seems, and almost no one is who they appear to be. In "The Pawnbroker" by Aimee and David Thurlo, Charlie and Gordon must use their skills to track down the killer and find out what happened and why."
- ISBN-13: 9781250027986
- ISBN-10: 1250027985
- Publisher: Minotaur Books
- Publish Date: January 2014
- Page Count: 304
- Dimensions: 8.62 x 5.64 x 1.02 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.83 pounds
Series: Charlie Henry Mystery #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-11-18
- Reviewer: Staff
This bracing series debut from the Thurlos (Ghost Medicine) introduces Charlie Henry, a reservation-born Navajo, and Gordon Sweeney, raised in a rough Denver neighborhood. When the two Iraq/Afghanistan vets decide to buy the Three Balls Pawnshop in Albuquerque, N.Mex., they hire Henry’s lawyer friend, Gina Sinclair, to pay the previous owner, Diego Baza, cash for the combination to the store’s big safe. During the exchange, Baza is gunned down and Sinclair badly wounded. Henry and Sweeney set out to avenge Sinclair, not trusting police detectives to solve the crime, though her lover, Sgt. Nancy Medina, helps with inside information. The pair engage in plenty of gunplay as their digging into Baza’s shady dealings leads to encounters with gangs, a pawnshop employee with a mysterious past, and a slippery, glib-tongued thief. Thurlo fans should be prepared for less Native American ambience than in the Elah Clah series. Agent: Peter Rubie, Fine Print Literary Management. (Jan.)