Thursday, May 09, 2013

Follow the money in Roger Hobb's 'Ghost Man'

WATKINS GLEN, New York, USA - Ghost Man by Roger Hobbs moves back and forth in time in a way that in many novels can be sooooo irritating, I give up on them.

Ghost Man does so seamlessly.

And that this is his first novel makes that accomplishment - along with his well-developed plot and nearly flawless execution - all the more impressive.

The storyline is pretty-classic crime novel with robberies, crooks, and a lot of hi-tech communications and gadgetry thrown in to complicate matters. And there is plenty of gun play, too.

Interestingly, all of the scenes, robberies and technical details come off with a solid ring of truth.

Roger Hobbs did his homework, it seems.

He gives a glimpse into a crime world that is as dark as it is chilling. Think of The Sopranos, but without much of the humor that was sprinkled in those HBO programs along with  crushed fingers and blood.

There are also references to what happens if a person is forced to ingest a large quantity of nutmeg. But to give away that - and how it fits in to the book - would give away part of the plot.

Danger! Danger! Nutmeg!
I'm not telling. There could be a Ghost Man lurking outside my door right now.

With nutmeg.

Ghost Man is well-worth a close read. And it will be extremely hard to put down.