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Ghostman - Roger Hobbs
Ghostman
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Stunningly dark, hugely intelligent and thoroughly addictive, Ghostman announces the arrival of an exciting and highly distinctive novelist. When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who’s occasionally called... show more
Stunningly dark, hugely intelligent and thoroughly addictive, Ghostman announces the arrival of an exciting and highly distinctive novelist. When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who’s occasionally called Jack. While it’s doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he’s still alive, he’s in his mid-thirties and lives completely off the grid, a criminal’s criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with. But within hours a private jet is flying this exceptionally experienced fixer and cleaner-upper from Seattle to New Jersey and right into a spectacular mess: one heister dead in the parking lot, another winged but on the run, the shooter a complete mystery, the $1.2 million in freshly printed bills god knows where and the FBI already waiting for Jack at the airport, to be joined shortly by other extremely interested and elusive parties. He has only forty-eight hours until the twice-stolen cash literally explodes, taking with it the wider, byzantine ambitions behind the theft. To contend with all this will require every gram of his skill, ingenuity and self-protective instincts, especially when offense and defense soon become meaningless terms. And as he maneuvers these exceedingly slippery slopes, he relives the botched bank robbery in Kuala Lumpur five years earlier that has now landed him this unwanted new assignment. From its riveting opening pages, Ghostman effortlessly pulls the reader into Jack’s refined and peculiar world—and the sophisticated shadowboxing grows ever more intense as he moves, hour by hour, toward a  constantly reimprovised solution. With a quicksilver plot, gripping prose and masterly expertise, Roger Hobbs has given us a novel that will immediately place him in the company of our most esteemed crime writers. 
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307959966 (0307959961)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 327
Edition language: English
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IntheZone
IntheZone rated it
4.0 Ghostman
I enjoyed this one for the most part though it really was somewhat different than expected. The MC in this book is somewhat less engaging than other MC's of recently read books or movies I have seen. He certainly kicks ass though which kept me interested throughout the book.3.5 Stars for a decent ma...
IntheZone
IntheZone rated it
4.0 Ghostman
I enjoyed this one for the most part though it really was somewhat different than expected. The MC in this book is somewhat less engaging than other MC's of recently read books or movies I have seen. He certainly kicks ass though which kept me interested throughout the book.3.5 Stars for a decent ma...
Seriously, Read a Book!
Seriously, Read a Book! rated it
3.0 Ghostman
“I was doing a nickel bit in the hoosegow…under glass because of a loose jawed stoolie who'd snitched to the bulls.” That line wasn't penned by Roger Hobbs. Actually, it probably doesn't even make sense, but I've always operated under the notion that if I can't be a hardboiled criminal, at least I c...
janetfurnee
janetfurnee rated it
4.0 Ghostman
2013 Edgar Award Finalist for Best New BookPerusing the Edgar nominees, I found this listed. Good enough for me, I started it yesterday and finished it today. This novel was compulsively readable. The story of a man with no name who is excellent at what he does: stealing a lot of money. I hope for a...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.0 Ghostman
It was intriguing, but somehow left me feeling a little wanting. The story opens with a bank robbery that goes wrong and the man who organised it calling in a marker from a former compatriot who messed up a robbery before. This is our hero, Jack Delton, is the name he uses for the story, who is a...
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