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Ghostman (2013)

by Roger Hobbs

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A really entertaining variation on a thriller where the protoganist is a criminal who cleans up heists gone bad. Includes some tradecraft that was new to me. Pretty much plot driven as the "hero" is pretty much of a cipher. Better than most ( )
  abycats | May 11, 2018 |
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 main character. ( )
  ConalO | Apr 23, 2018 |
The Ghostman isn't called the Ghostman for nothing - he makes things 'disappear', by whatever means necessary. This time he's tidying up the loose ends after a casino heist gone bad, with a million in cash up for grabs. But he has only 48 hours to get the job done and there's a guy out there who really wants the Ghostman's head in a bag.

This was a well written story with excellent details about planning and carrying out a professional heist that’s worth millions. The story switches back and forth between a heist that happened in the past and one from the present and both had gone wrong. There was suspense, twists and surprises as the Ghostman deals with both the bad guys and the law that are after him. Although a bit graphic in places, this was a good read that held my interest throughout. It’s not the usual book I’d pick but I read it for my sub-genre challenge for heists. ( )
  gaylebutz | Feb 19, 2018 |
3.5 stars - review to come ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
For a first novel, Ghost Man is a taught thriller full of twists and turns to keep you reading. ( )
  lewilliams | Aug 4, 2016 |
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Hector Moreno and Jerome Ribbons sat in the car on the ground level of the Atlantic Regency Hotel Casino parking garage, sucking up crystal meth with a rolled-up five spot, a lighter and a crinkled length of tin foil.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307959961, Hardcover)

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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"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."-- Provided by publisher.… (more)

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