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The Wreckage

Hardcover, 06/16/2011

ISBN 9780316126403

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An international thriller based on one of the biggest bank heists in history.

Someone is bombing the banks of Baghdad. On the streets of London, an ex-cop, Vincent Ruiz, is robbed of his briefcase. And Richard North, a top tier VP at an international finance powerhouse, vanishes.

North holds the key that connects these three seemingly unrelated events–or did, until he disappeared without a trace. As Ruiz tracks down the thieves, it quickly becomes clear that he has been mistaken for someone else. Someone who still has something that powerful men want and will do anything to get back.

As usual, it’s all about the money: who has it, who’s lost it, and who’s ultimately going to pay, as clandestine agents emerge from the shadows and powerful nations seek to control information and bury secrets, whatever the cost.

Praise for The Wreckage:

“Fine and ambitious [with characters who are] wonderfully human–smart, determined, decent, and flawed. Thoroughly compelling.” —Booklist (starred review)

“High-octane [and] complex … Robotham, a former investigative journalist, weaves current events and white-knuckle suspense with a practiced hand.” —Publishers Weekly

“[An] international crime thriller with short, punchy chapters that shift abruptly—suspensefully, even—from London to Baghdad to Washington and other locales, just like the movies….I read The Wreckage on vacation…a good call on my part; it’s nothing if not a summer read…There are plenty of murders, chases, explosion and general mayhem.”  -Joe Nocera, New York Times Book Review

“Michael Robotham brings his well-honed skills as an international investigative reporter to the world of high-octane thrillers. The Wreckage takes you behind the headlines coming out of Bagdad, and behind the power scenes in London and Washington. One of the best novels to come out of the chaos of Iraq; a penetrating peek through the fog of war.” –Nelson DeMille

“I have seldom read a more chilling and suspenseful tale. Robotham makes you see the sand, smell the burning oil and feel the bullets flying past. Most thrillers are lucky to have one great character; Robotham has given us at least four. They sweat, bleed and cry with such raw emotion that you can barely catch your breath and the words on the page feel like a million needles beneath your clenched fingers. This is a writer who will give you a slice of the Middle East you will never see on CNN or Fox. Robotham is the real deal and we can only hope he will write faster.” –David Baldacci

“A high-voltage international thriller … terrific suspense set against an exotic backdrop, The Wreckage is easily one of the summer’s most unputdownable books.” –BookPage

“Original, dynamic, posturing and thrusting like baboons in heat, The Wreckage brings us in and out of Iraq and its political intrigue.  The war seems to assist the White House politicians who know how to turn the screw, making money out of destruction.  When Robotham throws in 5 or more characters so memorable that we can’t let them recede from out heads, he breaks the bank.  An absolute stunner in every possible way.” –www.TheReviewBroads.com

Praise for Robotham’s Shatter:

“The most suspenseful book I read all year.” –Stephen King

“Pleasantly creepy….Plotted with precision and narrated with real intelligence.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Terrific…a classic ‘wrong man’ thriller that puts its hero in hot water, then raises the Fahrenheit to a fever pitch….Robotham not only builds the suspense masterfully but tops it off with a stunning twist.” —People

“Vibrant and utterly contemporary…. An altogether superior thriller.” —Los Angeles Times