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Michael Robothan's biggest book yet. Major momentum is building. Unprecedented international marketing and publicity drive. Huge online sampling push.
Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. As a journalist and writer he has investigated notorious cases such as the serial killer couple Fred and Rosemary West. He has worked with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes. Michael's 2004 debut thriller, The Suspect, sold more than 1 million copies around the world. It is the first of eight novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, who faces his own increasing battle with a potentially debilitating disease. Michael has also written four standalone thrillers. In 2015 he won the UK's prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award with his standalone thriller Life or Death. He lives in Sydney.
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.
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 * 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 * The characters are convincing and the storytelling is exciting, so it all adds up to a rattling good yarn * Literary Review *