Ghostman (Jack White Novels #1)
February 2013 Indie Next List
— Jean-Paul Adriaansen, Water Street Books, Exeter, NH
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FINALIST FOR THE EDGAR AWARD—BEST FIRST NOVEL
In a daring operation, two crooks-for-hire rob an Atlantic City casino. But their heist goes horribly wrong, and only one of them makes it out alive. Now he's on the run with half a million dollars vacuum-packed into a bundle the size of a briefcase. Little does he know it's rigged with explosives.
Almost immediately, an expert fixer named Jack is in cross-country pursuit. With less than foty-eight hours to recover the money, clean up the mess, and—for god's sake—try not to botch the job like he did last time....
Praise For Ghostman (Jack White Novels #1)…
A Booklist Best Mystery of the Year
Winner of The Strand Critics' Award
Winner of the Crime Writers' Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award
“A pulse-pumping heist thriller.” —Rolling Stone
“Smoking-fast. . . . The debut of a gifted crime writer.” —The New York Times
“Fast, hard and knowing: this is an amazing debut full of intrigue, tradecraft and suspense. Read it immediately!” —Lee Child
“A tense and tightly coiled debut thriller.” —Entertainment Weekly
“A stunningly accomplished debut. . . . [Hobbs] has the talent to fuel bestsellers and summer blockbusters for years to come.” —The Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Richly imagined and darkly fascinating.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“A super-slick thriller.”—New York Daily News
“Stylishly gritty and fast-paced.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“A first-time novelist who’s . . . already writing with the poise of an old pro. . . . Hobbs is an assured stylist who favors clean, precise prose, [and] handles violence with a lyric touch.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Ghostman is terrific: lightning-quick, absolutely compelling, and smart as all get-out.”—The Seattle Times
“Crackling with action.” —Bloomberg News
“Wonderfully hard-boiled.” —Parade
“A gripping adrenaline rush, a dirty bomb of a crime thriller with a deceptive plot that confounds and stimulates characters and readers alike.” —Portland Monthly
“What [Lee] Child’s debut novel, Killing Floor, did for thrillers, Hobbs does for crime novels.” —Arizona Republic
“Hobbs is up there with the best. I don't think I've read a better botched heist than the one that begins Ghostman. It's a masterpiece of hyper-kinetic blocking and deep, vivid detail.”—John O’Connell, The Guardian (London)
“A propulsive thriller that combines incredible detail and unstoppable narrative drive. . . . Hobbs possesses a [Lee] Child-like ability for first unleashing and then shrewdly directing a tornado of a plot, but he also evokes Elmore Leonard in the subtle interplay of his characters. A triumph on every level.” —Booklist (starred review)
“This watertight debut [is] at once slick and gritty. . . Straight out of the gate, Hobbs has mastered the essentials of a contemporary thriller: a noir-like tone, no-nonsense prose and a hero with just enough personality to ensure he doesn’t come off as an amoral death machine [as well as] heart-stopping scenes that illustrate how small mistakes can turn catastrophic.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 9780307950499, 384pp.
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
About the Author
Roger Hobbs was the youngest-ever winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and is a recipient of the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel and the Maltese Falcon Prize. Born in 1988, Hobbs graduated from Reed College in Portland. Mr. Hobbs died in 2016.