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Wyatt (Wyatt Warren Series #1)

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

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    Australian Richard Stark

    Had read Disher"s previous Australian cop procedural series and it was very good. but this novel is like a Parker like character from a Richard Stark book and it is incredible

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    Noir the color of flint and hard edged steel.

    Garry Disher's, Wyatt will appear to the American reader as the Australian heir apparent to Donald Westlake's (aka Richard Stark) Parker. Both are thieves, who plan minutely detailed crimes with the intensity of a man defusing a bomb and still things go wrong. But, Wyatt is no mere Parker knock-off. Disher has crafted a character, that while baring similar characteristics, is wholly original with an appeal of his own. This is crime writing at it's absolute best, and noir, not of misty late night rivers and neon of rain soaked asphalt, but noir the color of flint and hard edged steel.

    The prose are hard, clean and sparse. Much like Wyatt "when he was working, his instructions to bank tellers, security guards, witnesses or people working along side of him were calm and efficient. The words had a job to do and were not to be squandered." and Disher doesn't squander them either. Yet, this is no stock, two dimensional character, no mad-dog loose with a gun, and for a story that is driven by such an outstanding plot, the character development is subtle, complex and perfect as well. As Wyatt muses another time, "He was curious to find himself capable of a range of fugitive emotions, old, lost and new." And it is this masters touch of just enough emotion, just enough mix of the hard with the soft that breathes life into Wyatt and makes him a character to look forward to.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

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    The story line is entertaining

    In Mount Eliza around the bay from Melbourne, Wyatt Warren waits for the right moment to rob $75,000 from a harbour master; his cost besides time so far is a $500 broker fee to tipster Eddie Oberin. However, the stealing of the ransom money turns nasty when the Frankston police arrive. By the time he escapes in a stolen car, Wyatt shows a profit of $1600 and out a gun.

    Wyatt still needs a quick reward. Eddie arranges for him to meet his ex wife Lydia Stark who outlines a delivery of jewelry that Wyatt knows will be easy to steal from the courier and even easier to fence. The master thief accomplished the theft but it is not the easy jewelry he gets; instead it is much more valuable bonds but also much more difficult to pawn. His associates betray him and the courier is a pro coming for him.

    Mindful of Parker (especially in Flashfire) by Richard Stark, Wyatt is an exciting return to thieving by the Australian career criminal. The story line is entertaining due to the lead character's criminal abilities that Garry Disher effortlessly brings alive in the roller coaster (no one goes up and down as frequently as Wyatt does) fast-paced plot. Fans and new readers will enjoy this well-written, tale while seeking out previous books that go back to the nineties of one of the best anti-heroes

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2014

    High recommend

    The hero is a super thief, burglar, hunter, killer. The book reads like cinema noir. Highly entertaining. A must read for the lovers of the genre.

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