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Ghostman | [Roger Hobbs]

Ghostman

When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-30s and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, February 2013 - I’m reading Ghostman now, and from the minute I picked it up, I was hooked. The opening chapter drops you into an Atlantic City casino-heist-gone-spectacularly-wrong, and we follow the efforts of “Jack” to clean up the mess in under 36 hours. There’s already enough mystery (Who is “Jack” really? Who else knew about the heist? What’s up with his mysterious employer and even more shadowy mentor? Have the FBI already figured this whole thing out?) to keep me locked in until the end. This debut novel has already gotten a lot of buzz in the publishing world, and I can’t wait to listen to it. —Chris, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Stunningly dark, hugely intelligent and thoroughly addictive, Ghostman announces the arrival of an exciting and highly distinctive novelist.

When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-30s and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with. But within hours a private jet is flying this exceptionally experienced fixer and cleaner-upper from Seattle to New Jersey and right into a spectacular mess: one heister dead in the parking lot, another winged but on the run, the shooter a complete mystery, the $1.2 million in freshly printed bills god knows where and the FBI already waiting for Jack at the airport, to be joined shortly by other extremely interested and elusive parties. He has only 48 hours until the twice-stolen cash literally explodes, taking with it the wider, byzantine ambitions behind the theft. To contend with all this will require every gram of his skill, ingenuity and self-protective instincts, especially when offense and defense soon become meaningless terms. And as he maneuvers these exceedingly slippery slopes, he relives the botched bank robbery in Kuala Lumpur five years earlier that has now landed him this unwanted new assignment.

From its riveting opening, Ghostman effortlessly pulls the listener into Jack's refined and peculiar world - and the sophisticated shadowboxing grows ever more intense as he moves, hour by hour, toward a constantly reimprovised solution. With a quicksilver plot, gripping prose and masterly expertise, Roger Hobbs has given us a novel that will immediately place him in the company of our most esteemed crime writers.

©2013 Roger Hobbs (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Fast, hard and knowing: this is an amazing debut full of intrigue, tradecraft and suspense. Read it immediately!” (Lee Child)

“A slam-bang, pedal-to-the-metal crime story that fires on all cylinders and then some! Ghostman is a gritty, lean, mean adrenaline machine. Mostly, though, it was just plain fun to read. I absolutely loved this book and cannot recommend it highly enough.” (Christopher Reich)

“This watertight debut [is] at once slick and gritty… Straight out of the gate, Hobbs has mastered the essentials of a contemporary thriller: a noirlike tone, no-nonsense prose and a hero with just enough personality to ensure he doesn't come off as an amoral death machine [as well as] heart-stopping scenes that illustrate how small mistakes can turn catastrophic.” (Kirkus, starred review)

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    Tom Boulder, CO, United States 05-07-13
    Tom Boulder, CO, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Entertaining and an interesting protagonist."

    Hobbs and Weber make a goo team. As a frequent reader of mystery fiction, I enjoyed listening to Ghostman.

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    Linda Louise Burlington, KS, United States 05-03-13
    Linda Louise Burlington, KS, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Ridiculous Story"

    SAVE YOUR CREDITS, THIS BOOK IS BARELY THERE AS A STORY. I HAVE TRIED TO LISTEN TO IT THREE TIMES, THAT IS ENOUGH.

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    george Memphis, TN, United States 04-30-13
    george Memphis, TN, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2007
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    "The details kill it"
    What would have made Ghostman better?

    If the writer had a better knowledge of firearms, I would have thought more of the story was believable. If you are anything of a "gun person," please skip it. It's been said that the devil is in the details, and the devil certainly got all of these...wrong.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The ghostman


    Have you listened to any of Jake Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ghostman?

    Russian roulette.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Redwood City, CA, United States 04-01-13
    Ron Redwood City, CA, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic debut novel!"
    Would you listen to Ghostman again? Why?

    Yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Ghostman. He's the perfect anti-hero.


    Any additional comments?

    The story and the narration are exceptional. This is what a crime novel/mystery is supposed to be like.I can't wait for Roger Hobbs next one!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Cambria, CA, United States 04-01-13
    Paul Cambria, CA, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Keeps you guessing"

    I enjoyed Ghost Man very much. It is always fun when you get to root for the bad guy...well, the least bad of the bad guys anyway. The time went along quick and I was sorry for the book to end. This is one where I would definitely like to see the main character again in future books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane San Francisco, CA 03-30-13
    Jane San Francisco, CA 03-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "wow what a reader!"

    This is a fun book, replete with all the details that make you think you understand the criminal enterprise along with a handful of classic/cliched (take your pick) personality types. But this is the single best reader I have had the pleasure of listening to. He voices characters seamlessly and effortlessly -- and that is not a style of reading I particulatly enjoy, so understand that this is the highest praise possible. I am dismayed to learn that audible has no other books read by him -- I was prepared to buy anything and everything he has read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margo Vero Beach, FL, United States 03-18-13
    Margo Vero Beach, FL, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghostman to be better than the print version?

    Did not read print version


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Interesting concept - not your run of the mill story.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth it for a change of pace.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Galax, VA, United States 03-01-13
    Jan Galax, VA, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Highly engaging listen"

    A unique and interesting character (the Ghost Man) escorts you into the world of high profile bank robbery. A great match of voice and character personality.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anita PORTLAND, OR, United States 02-19-13
    Anita PORTLAND, OR, United States 02-19-13

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    "Move over Raymond Chandler!"

    It's hard to believe this is the debut novel of a 24-year-old! The ultimate novel for me is one I forget about the time on a treadmill or elliptical at the gym - and three days worth of workouts could have easily been one, had I been willing to spend an entire day at the gym. I'm so hoping that the Ghostman becomes a recurring character in an entire series of novels. And the narration by Jake Webber is spot on. Well done, Roger Hobbs.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Allison Kappadahl Charlotte, NC United States 04-23-13
    Allison Kappadahl Charlotte, NC United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2014

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    "An Awesome Read"
    What did you love best about Ghostman?

    The way its written/read


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Its so interesting that it keeps you going.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The wolf/ghost scene


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    You could


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for new book from this author

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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