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Ghostman

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Winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2013.

The eponymous character in this slick thriller, also shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, is a crook, a man who works in the shadows and is brought out into the open after a heist goes badly wrong. The plot runs like a precision scalpel and moves between Asia and the shadowy zones of American cities as a frantic race against time unfolds to the echoes of gunshots, plots and counterplots and multiple betrayal. You can almost see the movie unfold in front of your eyes as you read. Damn exciting and precision-engineered thrills galore.

Roger Hobbs said: "I'm exceptionally honoured to have won the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. It's a dream come true. This award puts me in the company of so many writers I admire, like Steve Hamilton, Gillian Flynn, and Jeffery Deaver. When I was writing this book in the basement of my college library, scrounging off old pizza and bad coffee, I never imagined I'd end up here. I want to offer my sincerest thanks to all the family, friends, and co-workers who helped me make this dream possible."

CWA Judges' comment: “An assured and engaging novel which maintains suspense throughout and grips the reader to the very end.”

If you like Roger Hobbs you might also like to read books by Ken Bruen, Jake Arnott and Malcolm Mackay.

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Synopsis

Ghostman by Roger Hobbs

Winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2013.

Fast, hard and knowing: this is an amazing debut full of intrigue, tradecraft and suspense. Read it immediately!' Lee Child. I make things disappear. It's what I do. This time I'm tidying up the loose ends after a casino heist gone bad. The loose ends being a million cash. But I only have 48 hours, and there's a guy out there who wants my head in a bag. He'll have to find me first. They don't call me the Ghostman for nothing...


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Reviews

'This is a quite astonishing debut from a 24-year-old who drafted it while he was a student in Oregon. Incredibly mature, impeccably researched and written with supreme panache, it starts with a casino heist that goes spectacularly wrong ... There are strands of James Sallis in the internal conversations, but on top of these comes a freshness and a swagger that is impossible to ignore. It moves like a black mamba and is every bit as deadly. Fierce, taut and with an intensity that burns the lungs, I doubt whether there will be a debut thriller to match it this year, or even next.' -- Geoffrey Wansell DAILY MAIL

'Hobbs, who is 24, recounts Ghostman's adventures with startling and sparkling assurance, as evident in flash back scenes set in Kuala Lumpur as in all the mayhem and mind games in New Jersey. A star is born? Quite possibly.' -- John Dugdale SUNDAY TIMES

'Full of authentic detail, seedy locations and a high corpse count, it keeps you hooked until the very last page.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'This thrilling tale of the bloody aftermath of a casino heist gone wrong reads as if it were written by an expert in safe-cracking and bank robbing... Brilliantly clever, gripping and action-packed, it's narrated by the mysterious Ghostman, who's hired to put right botched jobs. Utterly original and bound to become a big-budget movie.' SUNDAY MIRROR

'Fast, hard and knowing: this is an amazing debut full of intrigue, tradecraft and suspense. Read it immediately!' -- Lee Child

About the Author

Roger Hobbs

Roger Hobbs is 24 years old and completed the first draft of this novel while still a senior at Reed College. He has worked as a radio host, a rifle range instructor, a note-taker and a security guard. He is a recent graduate of Reed College. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Author photo © Michael Lionstar

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Publication date

14th February 2013

Author

Roger Hobbs

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Publisher

Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9780857521620

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