Jack is the “Ghostman” http://www.amazon.com/Ghostman-Roger-Hobbs/dp/0307959961/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362062096&sr=8-1&keywords=ghostman, a criminal hired by other criminals to fool people and clean up messes. A fixer,a cleaner, a man who gets things done. He lives completely off the grid. No one knows his real name. He is a master of disguises, who never looks like himself, a man of a thousand faces, who uses makeup and some hair dye and body posture to look like others. But he is bored.
In Atlantic City, a heist is about to go down. Two criminals are going to steal $1,200,000 in freshly minted bills from an armored car delivery to a casino. The robbery goes off smoothly, when all hell breaks loose, another gunman opens fire on the robbers killing one and wounding the other. The money disappears.
Marcus, a jugmarker, the criminal mastermind, who hired the robbers, wants the money found because he was going to use it against Wolf, another criminal, from Atlantic City. Apparently the money is in a package with an explosive die pack. There is only a limited time to find the money before its useless. He gets in touch with Jack and convinces him to fix the situation and get the money back. Jack owes him because he screwed up Marcus’ Malaysian robbery 5 years before.
When Jack arrives in Atlantic City, he is confronted by the FBI, must play detective, and figure out the planning of the crime from a criminal’s perspective. Meanwhile, the Wolf is also on the scene and wants Jack to find the money so he can use it against Marcus. As Jack takes steps to find the money, Wolf takes more violent steps to force him to work for him, and Jack fights back.
Meanwhile, the FBI is also following Jack around.
Hobbs effortlessly switches back and forth between chapters dedicated to the clean up in Atlantic City and the screwup in Malaysia. He shows high end heists from all perspectives.
Jack is a complex character, violent, smart, a killer with few scruples. Although Wolf may think he is working for Marcus, in fact, Jack is a thrill seeker at heart, who lives for the hunt, the win and the excitement. He flew into Atlantic City on Marcus jet, to make a statement, say look at me, daring the FBI and Wolf to stop him.
Can he find the money before the FBI captures him or Wolf kills him.
Its a smooth ride, very stylistic, with a knowing and sly protagonist.
Hobbs hits all the right buttons in this debut novel.