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Ghostman (original 2013; edition 2014)

by Roger Hobbs (Author)

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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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I think this was a fine effort for a first timer. The concept was good. A highly skilled bank robber uses his skills to catch same. The characters needed more depth and sometimes the narrative just kept on going and going and going for no good reason. But, it was good enough that I will look forward to his next one. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
Really more like 3.5 stars. It is good and a solid page-turner, but it suffers a little from the "Superman" problem. Our anti-hero protagonist is smarter, stronger, more resilient, and of course, is moving 3 moves ahead of everyone else. Even with all that I still kind of liked it. Worth the read, as long as you know what you getting. ( )
  Skybalon | Mar 19, 2020 |
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 anything about his true identity, 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 keister 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. ( )
  jepeters333 | Dec 30, 2018 |
If you like reading about bad guys, this is the book for you! It’s hard not to like the bad guys, but don’t get too attached to them - their life span isn’t known for longevity. Yet, Jack, the Ghostman, seems to have a charmed life. Even a federal agent appears to be attracted to him and to his skills and intelligence. Yes, he is skilled and intelligent, but he is playing on the wrong team! Still, he doesn’t mind disclosing many of his secrets in theiving and surviving, and the reader may learn a thing or two about being dishonest in a big way. Though well written and with decidedly fascinating characters, there is at times way too many details about guns, explosives, Kevlar vests, banking procedures, exploding ink packs, drugs, cars, torture, and so forth. But as far as suspenseful page-turners go, it is a winner. ( )
  Maydacat | Nov 9, 2018 |
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 |
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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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"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.

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