Vanishing Games: A Novel (Jack White Novels #2) (Paperback)

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In this sequel to the acclaimed Ghostman, Jack and Angela are together again after six years, this time in Macau. They stumble across a yacht filled with a few dead bodies, a bag of uncut sapphires and a huge stash of cash. By playing their cards right, they can fence the sapphires, pocket the cash and never have to work again. Still, Jack manages to get them cornered by a pack of professional killers and caught up in a plot to flood the global economy with counterfeit cash. Hobbs constructs his story with the same meticulous detail, building to a heart-pounding ending that will thrill the fans of his exceptional debut thriller.

— From Susan

Description


Just before dawn on the South China Sea, pirates open fire on a small smuggling yacht. Their target is a bag of uncut sapphires worth millions. But an unexpected treasure sends everything sideways: Within minutes, two pirates are dead, leaving the third to claim the mysterious windfall for himself. The boss, Angela, isn’t about to let that happen. She calls in a fixer known as the Ghostman, who has no real name, no address, and no fingerprints—given the right motivation, he can make serious problems vanish. In order to recover the loot, they’ll have to face down a crime boss, a hit man, and a conspiracy bigger—and more dangerous—than they ever imagined…and hopefully, they’ll do a better job than last time.

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.
www.rogerhobbs.com

Praise For…


Praise for Roger Hobbs and Vanishing Games

“Swift, strong, and smart as hell.” —The Seattle Times

“Every bit the thriller, meaty, violent, and riveting. . . . A page-burner of a plot.” —The Arizona Republic

“Rich. . . . A fast, addictive read.” —Strand Magazine
 
 “Skillfully rendered [and] so deft. . . . As satisfying as watching other action heroes leap from tall buildings.” —The Chicago Tribune
 
“The fast-paced plot, peppered with details which bring each scene to bloody life, is a thrill. Vanishing Games is a keeper.” —The Oregonian

“Readers considering a life of crime should first read Roger Hobbs. He’s one of the most informative crime novelists working today. . . . The rest of us, milquetoast readers and armchair criminals all, will have to settle for the thrill of reading an exhilaratingly swift-moving crime novel that makes us feel as if we’ve learned a few titillating facts to drop like underworld tidbits at our next cocktail party. It’s a guilt-free guilty pleasure.” —Richmond-Times Dispatch
 
“A gifted crime writer.” —The New York Times
 
“Fantastic. . . . An irresistible ride.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Roger Hobbs isn’t a writer to watch—he’d already blasted past most other novelists, leaving them sucking foam and flailing around in his wake. He’s the guy out on the dark horizon, showing us how fierce and smart and shocking thrillers can be. I’m in awe.” —Duane Swierczynski, author of Canary
 
“Hobbs is up there with the best.” —The Guardian (London)

“Everything you could ever want in a book.” —The Willamette Week
 
“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.” —Booklist

“A page-turner of the first order.” —BookPage

Product Details
ISBN: 9780804170949
ISBN-10: 0804170940
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Publication Date: June 28th, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Jack White Novels