Monday, 5 February 2018

Book ~ "Rocks Beat Paper" (2017) Mike Knowles

From Goodreads ~ A phone call brought Wilson and nine other men to a job in New York. At first, he couldn’t see a way to make the heist work, but the score - millions of dollars in diamonds - kept him looking. Wilson came up with a plan he knew would work  ... until the inside man got killed and took the job with him.

With no way inside, the crew walks away without the diamonds. Alone, Wilson is free to execute the job his way. Wilson sets a con in motion that should run as predictably as a trail of dominoes -  except the con doesn’t rely on inanimate tiles, it relies on people.

Wilson pushes all of the pieces across the board only to find out that there are other players making their own moves against him. Everyone is playing to win and no one is willing to walk away because the job is about more than money, the job is about diamonds. And in this game, rocks beat paper every time.

Wilson works as a con man and has a "broker" who finds him jobs.  On his latest job, he is teamed up with eight others to rob a lot of diamonds from a jewelry store.  Saul, the owner of the store, is getting old and forgetful.  David is the "inside man" on the job.  He has been a loyal employee and is in line to manage the store.  But he is getting tired of waiting and wants to have the store robbed before Saul runs it to the ground.  Before the plan could be put in action, a couple deaths put an end to it.  Robbing the jewelry store is still on Wilson's mind and he puts together another plan to do it his way.

This is the six in the Wilson series.  Though it is part of series (I've read them all), it works as a stand alone.  I liked the writing style and there were lots of twists and turns.  It's written in first person perspective from Wilson's point of view.  As a head's up, there is swearing and violence.

I like Wilson ... he is straight to the point and no nonsense.  Miles, a con man, is back as part of the team ... he is amusing and added humor to the story.

I look forward to reading more books by this author and in this series

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