Mertz takes it a step further, though, by telling his story in alternating first-person chapters from Hank and Muddy. Switching first-person POV is a tricky thing to do, but Mertz pulls it off in splendid fashion, giving each of his narrators a distinctive, pitch-perfect voice. Not only that, he captures the early Fifties setting very well, from the motor courts to the nightclubs to the rural filling stations.
I'd heard a lot of good things about this book, and HANK AND MUDDY doesn't disappoint. It's Steve Mertz's best novel so far, easily one of the best books I've read this year, and gets the highest recommendation I can give it. This is brilliant stuff. Go read it.