A Five-Year Planby Philip Kerr
Dave Delano, ex-con and current schemer, has been planning his greatest coup for five long years. His target: United Yacht Transport, which every year brings the extravagant yachts of the rich and famous to their designated playgrounds. Refitting U.S. yachts to hide dirty dollars has become the scam of choice for the new Russian Mafia, moving the cash through Black Sea ports and into Russian banks and Dave Delano thinks some of this money should be his. Little does Dave know however that one of the prized yachts is loaded to the rafters with cocaine, courtesy of the Colombian drug cartel, and that FBI agent Kate Fury is in hot pursuit.
"A FIVE-YEAR PLAN is in many ways just like a yacht: sleek, well made, and swift." (Sunday Times, London)
When he's finished serving his five years for a manslaughter he didn't commit, Dave Delano, with his earrings and Lucifer beard, looks a lot like a pirate, so it makes sense that he'd think of piracy as his way of getting back on the map. Dave knows that American mobsters have started to launder their drug money by hiding it in yachts being ferried across the Atlantic to the new, mob-infested Russia, and he sees no reason why some of that money shouldn't be his. Naked Tony Nudelli, the capo for whom Dave took the rap, agrees to the extent of staking Dave to a boat of his own, so that he'll have some cover for booking passage on the yacht-carrying Grand Duke and a minder, Tony's business manager Al Carnaro, "Colonel Tom Parker with guns and jokes." Dave's not to know, of course, that Tony and Al have ideas of their own, or that the comely lady Dave's about to fall for, Kate Furey, has a cover story as bogus as his own. As Dave plies his romance with Kate, an FBI agent on the transatlantic trail of a cocaine shipment her idiot boss, Kent Bowen, is convinced is aboard the Grand Duke, it's clear that something special is in store for the happy couple.
But they're so evenly matched as liars and banterers, so equally spirited and attractive, and so evenly handicapped by their sidekicks, murderous Al and troglodyte Kent, that you keep waiting, as Kerr unveils twist after twist (porn filmmaker shipmates, a nasty hurricane, an unexpected change in course), to see which of them will finally get the upperhand. It all makes for a heartlessly accurate, if synthetic, copy of Leonard at his most disarming and leaves you wondering just how many more voices Kerr has up his sleeve.
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Meet the Author
Hailed as the thinking reader's thriller writer, Philip Kerr has, in a few short years, become a high-profile author of fast-paced suspense fiction including Dead Meat, A Philosophical Investigation, The Grid and Esau.
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What a pleasant surprise this was! This was my second Philip Kerr novel, and I'm quickly becoming a true fan of his. I recommend this book to more mature readers, because some may not be able to get through the vulgarity and profanity. Even still, I caught myself laughing out loud in many parts of the book. The characters complimented the story well, and there were enough twists and thrills to keep readers wondering what's going to happen next. In essence, I found 'A Five-Year Plan' cleverly written and the lewdness an essential part of making this book what it is...a witty and humorous tale of modern piracy!