Ghostman by Roger Hobbs


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A smart entry into the modern thriller pantheon, at once slick and gritty.


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-thirties 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 forty-eight 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 pages, Ghostman effortlessly pulls the reader 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. 

Exclusively for the eBook: Autobiography of a Ghostman.

About Roger Hobbs

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Roger Hobbs lives in Portland, Oregon, after graduating in 2011 from Reed College. Ghostman will be published in fourteen countries around the world.
Published February 12, 2013 by Vintage. 385 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction
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on Nov 15 2012

A smart entry into the modern thriller pantheon, at once slick and gritty.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Feb 10 2013

“Ghostman” would have been way more powerful with a more potent and coherent hero...

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Publishers Weekly

on Dec 10 2012

Hobbs’s strong debut bypasses a potentially over-familiar premise.

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NY Journal of Books

on Feb 07 2013

Ghostman is a slam bang, gritty, down and dirty, law breaking journey into the underworld in which honor among thieves is a serious joke.

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Reviewed by Bill Ott on Mar 18 2014

...Hobbs possesses a Child-like ability for first unleashing and then shrewdly directing a tornado of a plot, but he also evokes Elmore Leonard in the subtle interplay of his characters. A triumph on every level.

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The Seattle Times

on Feb 15 2013

Without question, the strongest crime-fiction debut I’ve read in a long time.

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The BookPage

on Dec 19 2012

It’s a given that this story is suspenseful and zippy, but devoted thriller readers will be happy to hear that it’s also stylishly written, thoroughly researched and tightly plotted.

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Reviewed by David Marshall on Jun 11 2013

The idea he’s a modern parallel of Aeneas is interesting, i.e. that he’s saving himself so he can fulfill his destiny. But there’s a certain lack of coherence to the character and, despite all the fascinating detail, many of the plot elements are familiar. But this is a first novel so I forgive the author. This is a genuinely great debut

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Landon Prisbrey 23 Jun 2013

Rated the book as 3.5 out of 5