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Publisher's Summary

An international thriller based on one of the biggest bank heists in history.

Billions of dollars are missing from Iraqi banks, and journalist Luca Terracini will risk everything to discover where the money is. His Iraqi American background has made it easier for him to infiltrate the darkest corners of the war, but the death of his beloved Nicola in a suicide bombing has made him reckless. He has nothing left to lose.

In pursuit of the money, he meets UN representative Daniela Garner, who seems to know more about the heist than anyone else. She's a valuable asset in Baghdad, where the possibility of an explosion lurks at every checkpoint. Luca's investigation proves volatile as well, and as he gets closer to the missing money, his actions begin to reverberate around the world.

In London, Richard North, a top-tier international banker and the one person who might be able to explain where the money has gone, vanishes. The manhunt for him will get Luca evicted from Iraq and separated from Daniela and possibly end both his investigation and his life.

As usual, it's all about the money - who has it, who's lost it, and who's ultimately going to pay - as clandestine agents emerge from the shadows and powerful nations seek to control information and bury secrets, whatever the cost.

©2016 Michael Robotham (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fine and ambitious [with characters who are] wonderfully human - smart, determined, decent, and flawed. Thoroughly compelling." (Booklist)
"I have seldom read a more chilling and suspenseful tale. Robotham makes you see the sand, smell the burning oil and feel the bullets flying past. Most thrillers are lucky to have one great character; Robotham has given us at least four. They sweat, bleed and cry with such raw emotion that you can barely catch your breath and the words on the page feel like a million needles beneath your clenched fingers. This is a writer who will give you a slice of the Middle East you will never see on CNN or Fox. Robotham is the real deal and we can only hope he will write faster." (David Baldacci)
"Terrific...a classic 'wrong man' thriller that puts its hero in hot water, then raises the Fahrenheit to a fever pitch.... Robotham not only builds the suspense masterfully but tops it off with a stunning twist." (People)

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Did some editor tell Robatham to up the ante? Boo

I love this series, but this was a disappointment. Vincent Ruiz is great and he was the primary protag, while Joe O'Loughlin sadly put in only a cameo appearance. There were just too many point of view characters in play, and way too much going on. Really hard to figure out what agenda each of the bad guys had and who we were supposed to be cheering for. I really don't think a thriller with world threats and world involvement is needed in this series. Please, let this be a one-off.

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So what part is Joe's?

I've read pretty much all I can find by MR. I tried so hard to pretend that a surprise of some sort was around the corner. I have to admit that getting involved in s Saddam story would not lend itself to much surprise.... just wish there had been a more personal aspect involved that O'Laughlin could have gotten involved in. His presence was totally unnecessary. Not sure why this is considered part of his series.
Saddam is dead along with his sliminess. We should leave him that way for entertainment purposes.

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Robotham’s best?

Some reviews prepared me to be disappointed if only slightly by this outing by the author but I loved it. True, there is not much of the Joe O’Laughlin character, but if you like Vincent Ruiz, like I do, you will enjoy. Robotham’s other books center on psychology and serial killing, while The Wreckage focuses refreshingly for me on geopolitics and criminal finance. Narration was excellent. Very pleased with my credit.

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Robotham's A Genius!

Such a complicated plot that ties up so surprisingly well at the end. As the series grows so does the depth of the charectors. This particular book closed not only with the mystery revealed, but also a touch of philosophical questioning that left me feeling somewhat tenderhearted.