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Vanishing Games

By: Roger Hobbs

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Imprint: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

Format: Trade Paperback | ISBN: 9780804170949

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On Sale: | Pages: 304

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The gritty, riveting, highly anticipated sequel to the national (and international) best seller Ghostman, by the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roger Hobbs Its just before dawn on the South China Sea when three experienced pirates open fire on a small smuggling yacht. Their target: a bag of uncut sapphires worth millions. But when one of them stumbles across an enormous treasure that wasnt on the manifest, everything goes sideways. Within minutes two of them are dead, leaving the third, a coldblooded psychopath, to claim both the sapphires and the mysterious windfall for himself. If he disappears, he wont just be wealthy. Hell have the power to change the course of history. His boss, Angela, isnt about to let that happen. She calls in a favor from her onetime protg: a fixer sometimes known as Jack, or more often as simply the Ghostman. Within hours hes flying halfway around the world to find her in the glimmering neon slums of Macau. Jack has no real name, no address and no fingerprintsbut given the right motivation, he can make serious problems vanish. Though the two havent talked since they botched a job six years ago, as soon as Jacks off the plane theyre back together again, facing down a crime boss, a hit man and a conspiracy bigger than anything theyve ever encountered and more dangerous than they couldve imagined. Their partnershipbetween people with no lasting relationships whatsoeveris at the very heart of a novel that will cement Roger Hobbss status as one of our most talented crime writers.
One criticism: The book is a little heavy on the slam-bang action, which means there's too little of Jack's fiendishly clever mental maneuvering for my taste. And a caveat: The violence level is generally high and sometimes deeply unsettling.... On the other hand, “Vanishing Games” has some lovely emotional moments... Overall, “Vanishing Games” is swift, strong, and smart as hell. It easily clears the high bar Hobbs set for himself the first time out.
—Seattle Times
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