The New York Times best-selling author of Cane and Abe and Black Horizon blends Goodfellas and Elmore Leonard in this wild, suspenseful caper inspired by actual events, in which a band of amateur thieves pulls off one of the biggest airport heists in history with deadly consequences.
Every week, a hundred million dollars in cash arrives at Miami International Airport, shipped by German banks to the Federal Reserve. A select group of trusted workers moves the bags through Customs and loads them into armored trucks.
Ruban Betancourt has always played by the rules. But the bank taking his house and his restaurant business going bust has driven him over the edge. He and his wife deserve more than life has handed them, and he's come up with a ballsy scheme to get it. With the help of an airport insider, he, his coke-head brother-in-law, Jeffrey, and two ex-cons surprise the guards loading the armored trucks and speed off with $7.4 million in the bed of a pickup truck.
Investigating the heist, FBI agent Andie Henning, newly transferred to Miami from Seattle, knows the best way to catch the thieves is to follow the money. Jeffrey's drug addiction is as conspicuous as the Rolex watches he buys for dancers at the Gold Rush strip club. One of the ex-cons, Pinky Perez, makes no secret of his plan to own a swinger's club - which will allow him carte blanche with his patrons' wives. Levelheaded Ruban is desperately trying to lay low and hold things together.
But Agent Henning isn't the only one on their trail, and in the mob-meets-Miami fashion, these accidental thieves suddenly find themselves way in over their heads... and sinking fast.
©2015 James Grippando (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
"Irritating. Like an endlessly dripping sink."
The characters were irritating and shallow. There was no connection to the characters except to anticipate the next stupid thing they would do. The narrative sounded good and capers about greed and money while normally predictable can still be fun and engaging. Not this one. Skip this agony.
These characters all need some serious editing to make them more compelling or to make you want to cheer for their success. Instead they were whining, grating and inane.
"not the worst ever, but close"
it sounded like it might be good, the premise was intriguing. unfortunately, the writing is not mature. it reads like an intelligent high schoolers first novel. the characters are extremely cartoonish and stereotyped: the self-centered, macho main character with the gun fetish, a couple of over-the-stop bad guys into strips clubs and extreme violence, the idiot-brother, drug addict side kick. the women are either saints or whores, literally. ugh. some parts had promise but most were barely tolerable. it's the kind of storyline you'd like to see rewritten by someone with more talent or experience. i wouldn't recommend unless you are truly desperate.
It took awhile to get used to the narrator because he paused a lot between sentences. I thought the storyline was great, it kep me hooked until the end. I liked the message the book carries: more money, more problems, basically. Overall I enjoyed the book and would recommend it. I plan to listen to others in this series.
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