I recently read Hunsicker's "The Next Time You Die" which was the second in his Hank Oswald series. I was hooked immediately by the protagonist, his "company" of support personnel (especially Olson), and the author's captivating descriptions of the Dallas milieu. I added this series to my must read list.
Unfortunately, "Crosshairs" does not reach the level of excitement, character interaction, and overall interest of the previous effort. Hank Oswald as a lone character just does not carry the story as effectively as when he has his "posse" around him; indeed, only after Nolan, his former partner and a loser in love affairs, rejoins him in his current quest does the story begin to pick up a bit.
Hank has quit the PI business to become a bartender while he licks his wounds from losing his home and seeing his friends injured because of him in his previous adventures, most notably in "The Next Time You Die". However, Olson, in a brief appearance, persuades Hank to visit their dying Gulf War buddy, Mike Baxter, in the VA hospital. Baxter calls in a chip from Hank and asks him to find his long lost daughter so he can see her one last time before he dies.
Hank's investigation brings him into contact with an Iranian doctor, Anita Nazari, who promptly hires him to investigate whoever is responsible for a psychological terrorist campaign against her for the past 2 years. She and her young daughter feel imperiled by the threats made in emails etc. This nascent investigation brings Hank into the world of The Professor, a government "spook" type assassin and later with the FBI.
The middle of the book is very slow, almost plodding and it is here, especially when he meets up with and briefly accompanies a group of Irish Travelers (think gypsies), that the author could have used Olson and Delmar to great advantage to spice things up a bit. Instead, we are lulled into a motor home travel log of the Fort Worth/Dallas areas while little exciting happens.
There is a nice mystery buried in all this, something to do with dueling drug companies, a desire to hide the truth about troop care in the Gulf War etc. but it is all a bit opaque, at best. As is often the case, prominent characters are not necessarily who they seem which does make for an unexpected ending but tossing in red herrings and blurring identities can not, ultimately, obscure the fact that Hank Oswald has lost a step in this effort and often seems two steps behind or out of sync with everyone else. If this was your first Hank Oswald book, hang around and hopefully they will regain their magic.