Ghostman

Ghostman

eBook - 2013
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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.

Exclusively for the eBook: Autobiography of a Ghostman.
Published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
ISBN: 9780307959973
030795997X
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource.

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yvox
Aug 10, 2014

Too violent for me.

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ac_346
Dec 20, 2013

Unreadable dreck. Don't waste your time. If this is a best seller there is no hope for our society. Appears to have been written by a 13 year old attempting to write a Hollywood grade C action script. The writing is quite mediocre, the plot is preposterous. Completely unbelievable and absurd. Many details pertaining to Seattle, automobiles, weapons, communications etc are obviously wrong. Poorly researched. A compelling non recommendation. You are forewarned.

JCLGreggW Dec 05, 2013

Roger Hobbs' debut novel is rollicking crime thriller that moves faster than Usain Bolt after a triple espresso. The story revolves around a "ghost man", a shadowy underworld figure who has the ability to assume disguises, stay off the grid, and be a part of your heist to steal millions of dollars from the most secure places on earth - for the right price.

The ghost man of the title gets an unexpected call from a underworld figure that worked with him before - a job that went spectacularly bad for everyone involved. But the crime lord wants to work with him again, this time tracking down what went wrong with another job where millions of dollars of stolen money went missing. The ghost man is now the hunter, using his skills to track down a blown heist. Crosses and double-crosses abound, and Hobbs is a master at ratcheting up tension yet never slipping into hollow Hollywood cliche, keeping his characters solid and believable and the action purring. This was a fun read and hopefully produce a sequel that I'll be waiting for.

(Update: a sequel, VANISHING GAMES, comes out summer of 2014. Whoo-hoo!)

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StarGladiator
Sep 29, 2013

I loved "The Usual Suspects" but I certainly did like this book, not a bit. Didn't like the writing, wasn't taken with the characterizations, just could not hold my interest.

raydat51 Jul 13, 2013

This author is only 23? 23!!!!!!!! This is an incredibly accomplished work, not a wasted word and a sense of plot to be envied by anyone. I am jealous, envious, any word that can convey how much I wish I could write like this. Only a first novel, hopefully many more to come. Highly recommended.

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Stella04
Jun 04, 2013

For me, this was a slow started. But once into it, I enjoyed it. I'd bet there is a movie made of this one soon.

bdemian May 21, 2013

Fast-paced & smart; lengthy descriptions of weaponry & ammunition add verissimilitude but slow things down. Neat, satisfying ending.

drone154 May 05, 2013

clever, fast-paced and unusual. not what i expected, looking forward to more from the same author

chefinn Mar 11, 2013

I thought this was a really good read by a debut author. I tore through it in a few days & hope this is only the first in a series about the "ghostman." I read that he already has a movie deal on this one!

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cidyer
Mar 03, 2013

If you liked The Usual Suspects, you will love this novel. Intelligent, elegantly written and almost perfectly paced, it is, as the description suggests, a thoroughly addictive ride through a world of disappearances, multi-million dollar bank robberies, and double crosses galore. Highly recommended.

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