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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (618 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Robotham Narrator: Sean Barrett Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781478906193
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An international thriller based on one of the biggest bank heists in history.

Billions of dollars are missing from Iraqi banks, and journalist Luca Terracini will risk everything to discover where it is. His Iraqi American background has made it easier for him to infiltrate the darkest corners of the war, but death of his beloved Nicola in a suicide bombing has made him reckless. He has nothing left to lose.

In pursuit of the money, he meets UN representative Daniela Garner, who seems to know more about the heist than anyone else. She’s a valuable asset in Baghdad where the possibility of an explosion lurks at every checkpoint. Luca’s investigation proves volatile as well, and as he gets closer to the missing money, his actions begin to reverberate around the world.

In London, Richard North, a top-tier international banker and the one person who might be able to explain where the money has gone, vanishes. The manhunt for him will get Luca evicted from Iraq, separated from Daniela, and possibly end both his investigation and his life.

As usual, it’s all about the money: who has it, who’s lost it, and who’s ultimately going to pay, as clandestine agents emerge from the shadows and powerful nations seek to control information and bury secrets, whatever the cost.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the best novels to come out of the chaos of Iraq; a penetrating peek through the fog of war and a high-octane thriller.”

    Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • I have seldom read a more chilling and suspenseful tale. Robotham makes you see the sand, smell the burning oil and feel the bullets flying past. Most thrillers are lucky to have one great character; Robotham has given us at least four. They sweat, bleed and cry with such raw emotion that you can barely catch your breath and the words on the page feel like a million needles beneath your clenched fingers. This is a writer who will give you a slice of the Middle East you will never see on CNN or Fox. Robotham is the real deal and we can only hope he will write faster. David Baldacci
  • A fast-paced, gritty story that raises disturbing real-world questions ... will appeal to readers seeking summer fiction with depth. Library Journal
  • An absolute stunner in every possible way. The Review Broads
  • Pleasantly creepy....Plotted with precision and narrated with real intelligence. -- The New York Times Book Review
  • Terrific...a classic 'wrong man' thriller that puts its hero in hot water, then raises the Fahrenheit to a fever pitch....Robotham not only builds the suspense masterfully but tops it off with a stunning twist. -- People
  • Fine and ambitious [with characters who are] wonderfully human--smart, determined, decent, and flawed. Thoroughly compelling. Booklist (starred review)
  • “A well-performed thriller is a particular pleasure in audio, and Sean Barrett brings a rich, value-adding performance to Michael Robotham’s complex new tale…Barrett handles a UN Assembly of accents with effortless polish, and his pacing as the two plots race side by side is irresistible. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “The reader knows the three plots must intersect, but thanks to Robotham’s skill at characterization and the momentum he generates within each thread, the whole cloth of this fine and ambitious thriller isn’t fully apparent for hundreds of pages. Vincent, Luca, and a handful of additional characters, including Holly Knight, the young scammer, are wonderfully human—smart, determined, decent, and flawed…Thoroughly compelling.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[An] international crime thriller with short, punchy chapters…[and] plenty of murders, chases, explosion and general mayhem.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A high-voltage international thriller…terrific suspense set against an exotic backdrop.”

    BookPage

  • “High-octane [and] complex…Robotham, a former investigative journalist, weaves current events and white-knuckle suspense with a practiced hand.”

    Publisher Weekly

  • “[A] taut, swiftly paced thriller involving big money, big business, and big government…Robotham’s neatly constructed plot gathers speed and strength [with] an elaborate game of cat and mouse that involves some unusual suspects, and with explosions to boot.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riley Banks | 2/11/2014

    " Breathless pace. Could not put this book down. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadine Le roux | 2/2/2014

    " This book made me so happy that I am just an ordinary nobody, who knows nothing. Always enjoy Robotham's books, page turners!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy Plonka | 1/20/2014

    " Through the first 3/4 of the book, I thought the author was trying to encompass too many threads at once. There was the world wide money laundering theme,terroists trying to blow up this and that, and Robotham's hero from previous books, Vincent Ruiz, a retired cop who has been robbed by a young woman and her boyfriend. The last quarter of the book neatly ties everything togethe, leaving the reader with comments on jounalists out for a story to the exclusion of justice, government agents who are altogether too Machiavellian in their ways, and people that are the product of dysfunctional families surviving their fates to make something of their lives. It's a long book, but well worth the effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Thompson | 12/20/2013

    " Ruiz is drawn into a scheme that involves the smuggling of money out of Iraq to bail out a failing British bank. The action is split between Iraq where the central characters are an American journalist and a woman who is in Iraq acting and as a UN auditor and London where the Courier, a ruthless hitman is trying to get his hands on a missing notebook which could expose the whole scheme. A page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 11/24/2013

    " Quick moving yarn about money laundering, terrorism, bankers above it all. A small time rip-off triggers an international incident. A retired detective gets involved. The world is saved, but the bankers keep doing what they do. Tom Clancy it ain't... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Schneider | 11/12/2013

    " Michael Robotham is my new favorite author of thriller and suspense novels! DI Victor Ruiz shows up, but is not the main character here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dagmar | 10/10/2013

    " a thriller in the true sense of the word; unputdown-able. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 6/16/2013

    " Ruiz and O'Loughlin aren't the primary charcaters in this book, but they do figure in this story about a journalist and a UN auditor in Iraq and a banker in London, all of whom come across financial fraud. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek Durant | 6/14/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this. Michael Robotham is a very accomplished writer. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon Burrows | 6/7/2013

    " Not as good as shatter but very good!!!!!!! One day read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 4/9/2013

    " A fast, entertaining read. The short, punchy chapters kept me interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Fargus | 3/29/2013

    " First three-fourths of the book was great. Setting and atmosphere was great. Ending was kinda telegraphed with a couple stock characters. Otherwise a really good read. Walks the line between thriller and crime novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Byfield | 9/1/2012

    " Brilliant. Could not put it down. My only disappointment was that it actually ended.... A real page turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stargazer | 6/1/2012

    " Not enough Joe Mc in it, but I like Ruiz so he gets the two stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marijane | 2/19/2012

    " I really enjoy Michael Robotham's books. Lost was my favorite, with Night Ferry a close second. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ksafford | 12/31/2011

    " Not quite as suspenseful as "Shattered" by this author, but still very good and kept my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/26/2011

    " Love this series. More from the perspective of Ruiz. Interesting plot, layered and intriguing. I like the new characters that have been introduced and hope that they will reappear in furture books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 11/18/2011

    " This book was good but a little drawn out for me. Kind of dragged in places but overall a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 10/29/2011

    " Another great book by Michael Robotham! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 7/16/2011

    " One of the better thrillers of the summer. All about money
    laundering around the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 7/9/2011

    " Ruiz and O'Loughlin aren't the primary charcaters in this book, but they do figure in this story about a journalist and a UN auditor in Iraq and a banker in London, all of whom come across financial fraud. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ksafford | 6/30/2011

    " Not quite as suspenseful as "Shattered" by this author, but still very good and kept my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 6/11/2011

    " I was a Goodreads, Firstreads winner.

    This book was exciting and a real page turner. I was happy to find out that the characters have been featured in other of this author's books, and I intend on reading those as well! "

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About the Author
Author Michael Robotham

Michael Robotham is one of the world’s most acclaimed writers of thriller fiction. He began his career as an investigative journalist in Australia and Britain and later became a ghostwriter, collaborating on more than a dozen bestselling autobiographies for pop stars, actors, decorated soldiers, and politicians. His first psychological thriller, Suspect, sold more than a million copies around the world. Lost, his second novel, won the Ned Kelly Award for Australia’s best crime novel in 2005—an award he won again in 2008 with Shatter. He has been short-listed twice for the CWA Steel Dagger.

About the Narrator

Sean Barrett has won numerous Earphones Awards and two prestigious Audie Awards for his audiobook narrations. He started acting professionally at the age of twelve and has since appeared on television and in film in Minder, Brush Strokes, War and Peace, Sons and Lovers, and Return to Oz. His stage credits include performing in the West End with Noël Coward in his Suite in Three Keys. He has worked extensively on BBC Radio and has also narrated several television series, including People’s Century and Crash.