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An NYPD robbery detective uses his insider cop knowledge to rob rich criminals. The latest from Ben Sanders, following his novels American Blood and Marshall’s Law.
Rip-offs are a dangerous game, but heist man Miles Keller thinks he’s found a good strategy: rob rich New York criminals and then retire early, before word’s out about his true identity. New town, new name, no worries.
Retirement can’t come soon enough, though. The NYPD is investigating him for the shooting of a hitman named Jack Deen, who was targeting Lucy Gates—a former police informant and Miles’s ex-lover.
Miles thinks shooting hitmen counts as altruism, but in any case a murder charge would make life difficult. He’s ready to go to ground, but then Nina Stone reappears in his life.
Nina is a fellow heist professional and the estranged wife of LA crime boss Charles Stone. Miles last saw her five years ago, and since then her life has grown more complicated: her husband wants her back, and he’s dispatched his go-to gun thug to play repo man.
Complicating matters is the fact that the gun thug in question is Bobby Deen, cousin of the dead Jack Deen—and Bobby wants vengeance.
The stakes couldn’t be higher, but Nina has an offer that could be lucrative. Maybe Miles can stick around a while longer…
The NYPD is investigating detective Miles Keller, the hero of this entertaining if sketchy crime novel from New Zealand author Sanders (Marshall's Law), for killing Jack Deen, a hit man he believed was targeting his ex-girlfriend, former police informant Lucy Gates. On the side, Miles robs wealthy criminals. His current extracurricular project is intercepting a payoff to a rich and ruthless lawyer playing go-between in an assassination plot. Meanwhile, a rich gangster sends L.A. hired gun Bobby Deen, Jack's cousin, to New York to locate his missing wife, the irresistible and brilliant Nina. Nina just happens to be in the heist business, too, and tempts both Miles and Bobby with her latest scheme. Fast-paced alternating viewpoints Miles's and Bobby's challenge the reader to keep track of the complicated plot. Convincing dialogue and unexpected twists help compensate for a surfeit of heists and insufficiently filled-out characters (where Miles lives is never clear). References to New York's "freeways" and subway "carriages" suggest Sanders could have used more editorial direction. Still, fans of Donald Westlake's caper novels will find much to like.