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Vanishing Games: A Novel
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The gritty, riveting, highly anticipated sequel to the national (and international) best seller Ghostman, by the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roger Hobbs

It’s just before dawn on the South China Sea when three experienced pirates open fire on a small smuggling yacht. Their target: a bag of uncut sapphires worth millions. But when one of them stumbles across an enormous treasure that wasn’t on the manifest, everything goes sideways. Within minutes two of them are dead, leaving the third, a coldblooded psychopath, to claim both the sapphires and the mysterious windfall for himself. If he disappears, he won’t just be wealthy. He’ll have the power to change the course of history.
His boss, Angela, isn’t about to let that happen. She calls in a favor from her onetime protégé: a fixer sometimes known as Jack, or more often as simply the Ghostman. Within hours he’s flying halfway around the world to find her in the glimmering neon slums of Macau. Jack has no real name, no address and no fingerprints—but given the right motivation, he can make serious problems vanish. Though the two haven’t talked since they botched a job six years ago, as soon as Jack’s off the plane they’re back together again, facing down a crime boss, a hit man and a conspiracy bigger than anything they’ve ever encountered and more dangerous than they could’ve imagined.
Their partnership—between people with no lasting relationships whatsoever—is at the very heart of a novel that will cement Roger Hobbs’s status as one of our most talented crime writers.
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It’s just before dawn on the South China Sea when three experienced pirates open fire on a small smuggling yacht. Their target: a bag of uncut sapphires worth millions. But when one of them stumbles across an enormous treasure that wasn’t on the manifest, everything goes sideways. Within minutes two of them are dead, leaving the third, a coldblooded psychopath, to claim both the sapphires and the mysterious windfall for himself. If he disappears, he won’t just be wealthy. He’ll have the power to change the course of history.
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Their partnership—between people with no lasting relationships whatsoever—is at the very heart of a novel that will cement Roger Hobbs’s status as one of our most talented crime writers.
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      • source: Claire Rudy Foster, The Oregonian
      • content: "The fast-paced plot, peppered with details that bring each scene to bloody life, is a thrill. Vanishing Games is a keeper, and a sign that Hobbs is more than a one-hit wonder."
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      • source: John O'Connell, The Guardian (U.K.)
      • content: "Tighter even than Ghostman, Vanishing Games has the confidence and brio of Terry Hayes's I Am Pilgrim. . . . The opening chapter is one of the most deftly choreographed bits of suspense writing I've read."
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      • source: Doug Childers, Richmond-Times Dispatch
      • content: "An exhilaratingly swift-moving crime novel [and] a guilt-free guilty pleasure. . . . [Hobbs] is one of the most informative crime novelists working today."
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      • source: Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic
      • content: "Meaty, violent and riveting [with] a page-burner of a plot. . . . Vanishing Games is meant to be read hard and fast, without slowing down. . . . Hobbs has skillfully loaded this book with detail, device and distractions [and] his command of the language allows the story to come off with brutal authenticity. . . . Richard Stark (Donald E. Westlake), the king of heist books and creator of the enduring antihero Parker, finally has a worthy successor. And that's saying something."
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      • source: Adam Woog, Seattle Times
      • content: "Swift, strong, and smart as hell."
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      • source: Publishers Weekly (starred review)
      • content: "Amazing. . . an irresistible ride."
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      • source: Duane Swierczynski
      • content: "Roger Hobbs isn't a writer to watch -- he'd already blasted past most other novelists, leaving them sucking foam and flailing around in his wake. He's the guy out on the dark horizon, showing us how fierce and smart and shock thrillers can be. I'm in awe."
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        Starred review from May 25, 2015
        A shipment of incredibly valuable uncut sapphires, smuggled out of Burma and hijacked by pirates in the South China Sea, provides the MacGuffin for Edgar-finalist Hobbs’s fantastic sequel to 2013’s Ghostman. Enter a pair of professional thieves, Jack (aka Mr. Outis/Ghostman) and his onetime mentor, now partner, Angela. Each of them is a master of disguise, able to alter posture, attitude, accent, and expression to suit the moment. Equipped with an array of false passports, they move through the glamorous world of the super-rich in Hong Kong and Macao. Jack has no qualms about killing and does his share. Yet Hobbs stops the action, when he sees fit, in the most amazing fashion. In one scene, Jack and a professional assassin pause to discuss Greek mythology and the story of the cyclops Polyphemus for several pages before resuming their battle to the death. Those who can stomach the graphic violence will find this an irresistible ride. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber.

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        June 1, 2015
        The brilliant criminal mind of Hobbs' debut, Ghostman (2013), returns to stake his claim to some precious gems-and potentially bigger game. "I don't just make problems disappear, I can make anything disappear," declares Jack, the cool hero of Hobbs' second novel. As a kind of secret agent for the big-money-heist set, he knows his way around smuggling, killing, and secret identities. All of that comes into play in this hyperactive Macau-set thriller, which turns on a yacht making a delivery of sapphires when a sniper working for Jack's boss decides to claim the gems for himself-and discovers an "object" on the boat that's worth millions. In Hobbs' vision, corruption is endemic to Macau's culture both above- and underground (much of the action takes place at the Tammany Hall Casino), so Jack's calculating, I-got-this demeanor makes him the good guy, and Hobbs humanizes him a bit by filling out some of his back story with Angela, his mentor, lover, and "jugmarker" (heist mastermind). As with this book's predecessor, there are entertaining digressions on Triad gangsters and the mechanics of pickpocketing, safecracking, counterfeiting, and scoring an illegal gun. (More queasily, there are also details on performing emergency eye surgery on yourself.) But this novel lacks the smoothness and energy of its predecessor: Jack takes his time to enter the narrative, the truth of the mysterious "object" on the boat is an underwhelming reveal, and Jack's affinity for The Odyssey feels less like character depth and more like a gimmicky prompt for third-act speechifying. The closing chapters have plenty of action and gunplay, with hints of more about Jack and Angela's relationship to come. But this adventure shows that there's a fine line between a character with a wiped identity and one with a blank personality. An entertaining romp but from an author who's done more stylish work.

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        Starred review from June 1, 2015
        Thriller fans still holding their breath since turning the last page of Hobbs' spectacular debut, Ghostman (2013), finally can exhale: Jack White, the Ghostman, is back. But don't get too comfortable; White's latest caper is nearly as white-knuckle exciting as its predecessor. Jack, who specializes in making criminals, including himself, disappear, has an Achilles heel: his mentor, the mercurial Angela, is a master at disappearing, too, but Jack is desperately in love with her. Now, after years of silence, Angela is back in touch: she needs Jack and needs him now, in Macao, where another caper is going off the rails. So it's off to an Asian sin city that makes Las Vegas look like a play date for overprotected suburban kids. It opens with another stunning set piece (Hobbs is two for two in slam-bang starts), this time involving the open-water heist of a cache of rare sapphires. It goes bad, of course, but not in the usual way: the ship carrying the sapphires is also carrying another, far-more-valuable commodity that has all manner of underworld characterseach more idiosyncratically compelling than the lastchasing, dodging, and killing (often by beheading) one another. Angela is sought by all and needs Jack You're my vanishing act, kid to get her out of harm's way. Hobbs spikes the reader's adrenalin count as well as anybody in the genreLee Child, Patrick Lee, et al.but along the way he dispenses an incredible mother lode of fascinating information about how crooks do what they do ( I know a lot about a lot of different things, Jack notes). And at the core is the delicious interpersonal tension between Jack and Angela, two vanishing acts who only want to connect. Read it fast, and don't forget to breathe.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Word of mouth helped make Hobbs' debut a breakout smash; those same mouths will be all over this one, too.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        February 15, 2015

        Hobbs's Ghostman was a stand-out debut, with rights sold to 25 countries, a film option snatched by Warner Bros., and 70,000 copies sold across formats in the United States. It was also awarded the Crime Writers' Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, with Hobbs the youngest winner ever. This follow-up again features ghostly Jack, unseen and unknown by most people but always accessible to his boss, Angela, though for the last six years he hasn't been sure she's alive. Then she appears out of the blue, needing help to track a pirate in the South China Sea who made off with a stash of uncut sapphires and more (much, much more) after boarding a smugglers' yacht and offing his two erstwhile colleagues. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

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It's just before dawn on the South China Sea when three experienced pirates open fire on a small smuggling yacht. Their target: a bag of uncut sapphires worth millions. But when one of them stumbles across an enormous treasure that wasn't on the manifest, everything goes sideways. Within minutes two of them are dead, leaving a coldblooded psychopath to claim both the sapphires and the mysterious bonus, in hopes of disappearing completely, as he'll now have more money than anyone could ever spend.
His boss, Angela, isn't about to let that happen, so she calls in a favor from her onetime protégé, a man with no real name, no address, no fingerprints--a man who can make anything (including himself) vanish. Sometimes known as Jack, or simply as a Ghostman. Angela happens to be the only...
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