Sunday 14 May 2017

Book ~ "Never Play Another Man's Game" (2012) Mike Knowles

From Goodreads ~ An armoured car carrying a huge payday will be rolling through the city every Friday for four weeks. Out of money, Wilson takes up with Ruby, an old partner, for a job that promises a huge score. The only problem: Ruby’s kid, Rick, wants in on the deal. Rick is everything Wilson isn’t but without him there is no job. Wilson signs on with the condition that he runs the job; he plans it, supplies it and staffs it. 

The job is a success but so is the double cross. Wilson loses the money and almost his life. He sets out after his partners and learns that nothing was ever as it seemed - nothing but the blood on the ground. Honour among thieves is bullshit but Ruby and her son should have known better than to try and play another man’s game.

Wilson lives in Hamilton, ON, and had an interesting career working for an Italian mobster, Paolo.  Since Paolo is now dead, Wilson is unemployed and living on his savings, which are rapidly running out.  When the police show up at his house one morning, he sets it on fire and takes off.

When Ruby, a former colleague of his late uncle, shows up with the idea to rob an armoured truck full of money, Wilson can't resist because he needs the cash ... plus Ruby has made him an offer he can't resist.  Wilson takes charge , the job is done but then he is double crossed.  Wilson doesn't take that lightly and is determined to find Ruby and Rick to not only get his share of the robbery but he's also seeking revenge.

This is the fourth (of six) in the Wilson series.  Though it is part of series (I've now read the first four), it works as a stand alone as there is enough information provided.  As with the previous ones, I liked the writing style.  It's written in first person perspective from Wilson's point of view.  It was blunt and to the point.  This was my favourite of the four.  As a head's up, there is swearing and violence.  I like Wilson ... he's a loner with no attachments and has just two friends.

I look forward to reading more books by this author.

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