Jack, if that's even his name, is a ghostman. He's a career criminal who lives completely off the grid and helps others disappear, too. He claims to have helped a hundred bank robbers escape, using disguises and fake passports, birth certificates and other identification.
When an Atlantic City casino heist goes wrong, Jack is called in to help clean up the mess. The problem is, the $1.2 million cash bounty is set to explode in only 48 hours if Jack cannot get the heist back on track. He flies in from Seattle via private jet, and is met at the airport by the FBI. Once he gets to the scene, he finds things are worse than he had imagined. One member of the heist team has been shot dead in the parking lot and another is nowhere to be found. The identity of the enemy is a mystery to everyone, and it turns out the FBI isn't the biggest issue.
Jack is hard not to like, despite the fact that he's a career criminal. He's a geeky college graduate, an intelligent loner no thanks to his ghostman lifestyle. Jack's current struggles in Atlantic City remind him of a heist five years before in Kuala Lumpur, which he boggled through a simple mistake. As a result, several of the thieves served time, and his boss's infallible reputation was tarnished.
Ghostman is writer Roger Hobbs's first novel. It was written between his junior and senior years at Reed College, when Hobbs was only 21. It was edited during his senior year, 2010-2011 and published in February 2013. Hobbs has lived a full life, despite still being under age 25 when Ghostman was published. He's previously worked as a rifle range instructor, radio host and a security guard.
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 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 from Seattle to New Jersey and
right into a spectacular mess. One heister is 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 only has 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 re-improvised 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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