The story takes place in the present but feels both classic and timeless—it could pass for a Warner Bros. film from the forties. And somehow it manages to be a tear-jerker despite not having a whiff of sentimentality. In short, Hugo Hunter is a high-wire act that shouldn’t work, yet does—and it might just be Craig’s best novel to date.
Hugo Hunter is about more than only Hugo, of course. It features a great supporting cast of fully realised, all-too-human, and flinty friends and family, and narrated by the sportswriter who’s Hugo’s mentor and conscience. Ultimately, this book is about memory, honour, second chances, and redemption. You might not want to be Hugo Hunter when you finish it, but you’ll know him.
- Terry Goodman, Editor