17th Dec2012

Book Review – Ghostman

by Lloyd Paige

Ghostman by Roger Hobbs


I make things disappear. It’s what I do. This time I’m tidying up the loose ends after a casino

heist gone bad. The loose ends being a million cash.

But I only have 48 hours, and there’s a guy out there who wants my head in a bag.

He’ll have to find me first.

They don’t call me the Ghostman for nothing…

The Review

Roger Hobbs completed the first draft of this intriguing story as a senior at Reed College. The 24 year old has worked amongst other things, as a radio host and a security guard

He’s off the grid. Some acquaintances call him Jack Delton, most call him Ghostman though he has many aliases and from the very start you can feel the tension, smell the burning rubber and hear the sirens. In the Ghostman’s murky world you’ll need eyes in the back of your head and after a casino heist in Atlantic City goes wrong, where one robber escapes and the other one is not so lucky, we’re taken through his clean up mission. The catch is, the Ghostman only has 48 hours. Think of him this way, if he was in showbiz he’d be the invisible PR guru in the background, cleaning things up and making his clients look good.

After the prose hooks you in it isn’t long before a federal agent and a criminal gang are thrown into the mix and the story splits. A background piece set in Kuala Lumpur is introduced where we get two narratives running side by side and they eventually weave in together. Hobbs’ accomplished debut pulls off the trick well because each is engaging enough on its own merit and he paints a clear picture of the characters. They’re not angels and he doesn’t pretend that they are, neither is the Ghostman, because everyone is in it for one thing – the money, and the rule is not to get caught. The settings are described well but not overdone and if you didn’t know beforehand then by the end of the book you’ll know all about the federal payload, how a Ghostman operates, and how one disappears.

To summarise, Roger Hobbs has created a crime story which comes at you from a slightly different angle which is a good thing, because it keeps the genre fresh and makes for an enjoyable read.

Ghostman will be released in February 2013.


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