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The wreckage
Michael Robotham
Adult Fiction ROBOTHA

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In Robotham's high-octane fifth thriller to be published in the U.S. (after Shatter), foreign correspondent Luca Terracini is covering a series of bank heists in Baghdad that have resulted in the loss of half a billion U.S. dollars over four years. Luca thinks he's hit on a big story, especially when he meets a fellow American hired by the U.N. to conduct an audit of Iraq's questionable financial structure. Meanwhile in London, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz is robbed by a young woman, Holly Knight, and her boyfriend after he intervenes in a staged domestic dispute. But when Holly's boyfriend turns up dead, the killers turn to Ruiz and Holly, certain that she's stolen whatever they're after. Using his old connections on the force, Ruiz tries to piece together the increasingly complex puzzle, which soon points him to Richard North, a wealthy financier whose bank, Ruiz discovers with Luca's help, has ties to Iraq. Robotham, a former investigative journalist, weaves current events and white-knuckle suspense with a practiced hand. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

In hellishly violent postwar Baghdad, an emotionally scarred journalist investigates a series of suspiciously well-timed bank robberies.ÅIn deceptively serene London, a retired police detective offers a helping hand to an abused woman, only to find himself drugged, robbed, and suspected of a gruesome murder. In a peaceful English suburb, a young mother searches for her missing husband. Somewhere in the chaos of a war-blasted land, billions of U.S. dollars have vanished without a trace, and someone wants to make very sure that they stay vanished. Robotham, a former investigative journalist and author of six previous crime thrillers (e.g., Shatter), tells a fast-paced, gritty story that raises disturbing real-world questions. His Baghdad is a vividly rendered paranoid nightmare of unpredictable bomb blasts and pervasive corruption. His London, if less vividly soaked in blood and oil, is nonetheless a dangerous place for the well intentioned but ill-informed. Fans of Robotham's previous books will be glad to see continuing characters Vincent Ruiz and Joe O'Loughlin back in action. Verdict This fast-paced, gritty, and violent tale of international crime and investigation, with a sharp political edge, will appeal to readers seeking summer fiction with depth.-Bradley A. Scott, Texas A&M Univ., Corpus Christi (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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