Full Product DetailsAuthor: Michael Robotham
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Dimensions: Width: 12.50cm , Height: 3.50cm , Length: 19.70cm
ISBN 10: 0751541109
Publication Date: 05 January 2012
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In Print
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The characters are convincing and the storytelling is exciting, so it all adds up to a rattling good yarn Literary Review
Rogue banks, hired killers, international terrorism and powerful nations manipulating the truth feature in a rollercoaster of fast-paced, nail-biting fiction that's unnervingly believable Choice
Derek writes: I've been a great fan of Michael Robotham for many years now and with each passing book his writing becomes more confident and each book more difficult to put down. I was pleased to see that the retired detective Victor Ruiz was reprised for this book, and that Joe McLaughlin has a small walk-on role. It's a much bigger book than some of its predecessors, starting in Baghdad where freelance journo Luca Terracini is following a story about the millions missing from the reconstruction effort. Banks are being robbed, 18 in this year alone, and the money is never recovered. Robotham paints the mean streets of Baghdad with a seasoned eye, and you can pretty much taste the fear and the threats. Meanwhile in London, Ruiz is at his tailor, actually Ruiz doesn't have tailor, he's at a tailor, being measured for a new suit for his daughter's wedding. He's enjoying a quick glass of lunch in a local pub when a fight breaks out between a young couple. Ruiz intervenes, sends the bloke packing and takes the girl home, who proceeds to drug and rob him. Which is quite embarrassing for an ex-copper. But when Ruiz tracks down the couple he finds the boyfriend has been tortured to death and the girl is on the run. He surmises that they have played this game before and have obviously stolen the wrong item from the wrong person. So the two stories come together in London in a tense thriller which has a great sense of place, is an excellent read and redefines the old line about being unable to be put down.
Before writing full-time Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist in Britain, Australia and the US. He is the pseudonymous author of 10 best-selling non-fiction titles, involving prominent figures in the military, the arts, sport and science. He lives in Sydney with his wife and 3 daughters.
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