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With an uncanny ability to hide in plain sight, master thief Wyatt Wareen (Kickback) slips calmly and silently through the streets of Melbourne, Australia. No one-including law enforcement-ever notices or remembers his presence. This calculated anonymity, along with Wyatt's preference for taking low-risk jobs and working alone, has fostered his underworld success. But when he changes his usual MO to join an old contact and his ex-wife on a lucrative jewel heist, the job takes an ugly turn that puts them all at risk. As duplicity turns to murder, Wyatt becomes the target of several players in the deal, and he must rely on all his skills to untangle and rectify multiple layers of calamity and betrayal. VERDICT Disher's depiction of Melbourne's underworld is a revelation-undeniably lurid and harsh yet humming with a vibrancy that lends a soulful note to the story. In his first Wyatt thriller in 13 years, Disher, author of the Hal Challis police procedurals (The Dragon Man; Blood Moon) excels at capturing the complexity and tension of life on the run, and his characters exude a visceral energy as they compete to survive. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy atmospheric, character-driven crime thrillers.-Kelsy Peterson, Prairie Village, KS (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

A jewel heist that appears straightforward proves anything but in Australian author Disher's outstanding seventh thriller featuring Melbourne bank robber Wyatt Wareen, last seen in 1997's The Fallout. Intercepting and robbing an international courier should be as simple as car theft. Armed with inside information, Wyatt is looking forward to a quick pay-off. What Wyatt doesn't know is that his confederates can't be trusted, that the heist will yield not easily fenced jewels but a vast fortune in bonds, and that the courier is a professional criminal as adept and deadly as Wyatt himself. While his backstabbing former allies try to exploit a haul unexpectedly too valuable to pawn, the methodical Wyatt plots final retribution. The spare, economical prose perfectly suits this tale of mad love and crimes gone wrong, which will remind many of Westlake's better Parker novels-and should boost the reputation of Disher, winner of Australia's Ned Kelly Award, in the U.S. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

`I hope we don't have to wait another decade for the next instalment.' * Age *
`Lean, cold and spare-right to the point and never a word too many.' * Herald Sun *
`Australian noir writ large across Melbourne suburbia.' * GQ *
`Disher's writing is short, dry and fast-paced.' * West Australian *

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