Created by Harry Hunsicker
LEE HENRY OSWALD (Call him “Hank.”… PLEASE!) is a Dallas PI with one hell of a monicker. He apparently was given his jaw-dropping name in a parental attempt to toughen him up, sorta like on the Johnny Cash song “A Boy Named Sue”.
It seems to have worked.
Because he’s plenty tough, and he can be a mouthy bastard, as well, displaying all the delicate sensibilities of Molly Ivins. He served in the Special Forces in the first Gulf War, where he specialized in room-to-room fighting, and developed the curriculum for the martial arts training. He carries a Browning HI-Power, a switchblade, and a .32 in an ankle holster. He seems to have friends and acquaintances in every sleazy bar, strip club, and barbeque joint in town.
He inherited his agency from his deceased partner, Ernie Ruibal, and along the way inherited a new partner: Ernie’s neice, Nolan O’Connor who, despite the name looks pretty Hispanic, and has a degree in psychology — which unfortunately results in an unfortunate habit of analyzing everybody.
He has a couple of sidekicks, Delmar and Olson, two gay gun dealers in a committed relationship. Delmar served in the Gulf with Hank, and Olson used to play for the Dallas Cowboys.
He also lives with his dog Glenda, who doesn’t like him very much.
Author Henry Hunsicker is a fourth generation Dallas native, who when he is not writing is a real estate developer and speaks on creative writing. He also writes Jon Cantrell, a former federal law enforcement contractor with a somewhat spotty record out for hire, and former Texas Ranger Arlo Baines.
- “Hunsicker delivers a compelling, atmospheric series debut, although its similarities to the work of James Lee Burke are so striking as to make one wonder why Burke didn’t merit a mention on the acknowledgments page. Still, Dave Robicheaux fans should check this one out.”
— Frank SennettinBooklist
- “If you crossed the edgy machismo of James Crumley with the fast pace and sharp wit of Robert B. Parker, you’d get something very similar to Still River… This book has got everything a PI novel needs. Tight writing that brilliantly exploits the Dallas setting, a stoic hero who dishes out heaping portions of justice and wisecracks, sex and gunfights and car chases and arms dealers and evil land developers and enough suspense and style to burn.”
— J.A. Konrath
- “…(does) for Dallas what Loren Estleman’s Amos Walker novels have done for Detroit”
— Publisher’s Weekly
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