Caravan of Thieves

Caravan of Thieves

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by David Rich
     
 

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From debut author David Rich, a spectacular crime thriller about a charming con artist, a complicated heist, and the son charged with constructing a fragile truth out of a lifetime of lies.

Rollie Waters is the smartest guy in any room. Working as an undercover marine, he knows all the angles, and he's never less than two steps ahead of trouble—

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From debut author David Rich, a spectacular crime thriller about a charming con artist, a complicated heist, and the son charged with constructing a fragile truth out of a lifetime of lies.

Rollie Waters is the smartest guy in any room. Working as an undercover marine, he knows all the angles, and he's never less than two steps ahead of trouble—a skill he learned from the con artist father who raised him, though he hasn't seen Dan in years. Like Dan, Rollie knows how to offer cheap gifts with one hand while stealing the family silver with the other. But, unlike Dan, Rollie is not a criminal.

Rollie’s childhood was a mesh of perfectly believable lies stretched so thin that he barely knows who he is. It’s only when he’s working undercover, inhabiting a false identity, that Rollie is comfortable in his own skin. The danger of deep undercover work makes use of his talents and keeps him out of trouble. Most of the time.

After he’s yanked out of his latest assignment and tossed in the brig, he’s only partly surprised when the officials in charge mention one name: Dan Waters. U.S. government money—a lot of money—has gone missing, and they think Rollie’s father took it. The only way to find Dan is to trace the frail tendrils of truth scattered among Rollie’s childhood memories. To do that, he’ll have to go deep into the undercover identity of a lifetime: his own.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Like le Carré’s A Perfect Spy, screenwriter Rich’s assured first novel explores the relationship between a son and an untrustworthy father. Soon after Marine Lt. Rollie Waters, who rebelled against his father, Dan, by not lying, cheating, or stealing, returns to Camp Pendleton in California from an undercover mission in Afghanistan, two men who have been tailing him shoot out the window of his jeep. After he forces their vehicle off the road, he’s deemed to have been driving drunk and gone AWOL. Back at the base, the commanding officer orders Waters to locate his con man father and the millions in cash Dan is suspected to possess that came from Saddam Hussein’s horde of U.S. dollars seized by American troops during the 2003 occupation of Baghdad. Rich tosses in both humor and surprising plot twists, and though his characters lack the psychological depth of, say, le Carré’s Magnus Pym, they are distinctive enough for the reader to care what happens to them. Agent: Kimberly Witherspoon, Inkwell Management. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
Hollywood screenwriter Rich's debut novel follows the adventures of a Marine poster boy, Lt. Roland Waters. Son of a con man who taught him to lie, steal and cheat, Rollie joined the Corps, found a home, toured Iraq and Afghanistan and made it through officer's candidate school. Given his natural flair for languages, Rollie was assigned undercover in Afghanistan to stop black-market weapons thefts. The Afghan action alternates with the primary narrative and injects essential back story. Recalled to Camp Pendleton when his undercover connection is killed, Rollie learns he's being tailed, but no one takes his worries seriously. Rollie's also a rogue general's target, because the general's incompetent son was ensnared in the weapons-theft sting. Rollie soon learns he's being followed because the feds are tracing military caskets full of money, $25 million in each, stolen by a corrupt colonel from Saddam Hussein's larder during Iraq's liberation. With Rollie's father, Dan, in Iraq when the money disappeared, a treasury agent confronts Rollie with the suspicion the missing millions might be connected to Dan, "a con artist…a wise man who wasted his wisdom foolishly." Now word is circulating that Dan dug up one casket from a veteran's gravesite, and with Dan nowhere to be found, good guys and bad suspect devious Dan has the millions, and they want Rollie to find him. In a realistic story with an attention-grabbing premise, Dan becomes an entertaining character, while a measure of narrative depth comes from Rollie's growing rapprochement with all that was gained and lost in being Dan's son. Rich's screenwriting skills send Rollie adventuring across the American Southwest, all while being pursued by killers, moles and spies. Although Rich displays a nice touch for descriptive phrasing--"a slurry of chain stores"--it'll be readers with a taste for Bourne-level action who will be eager for Rollie's next adventure. An easy-to-root-for hero in a fast-paced thriller makes for entertaining reading.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525952886
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
08/30/2012
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“A solid debut from a gifted storyteller. Caravan of Thieves builds a labyrinth of deception spanning the deserts of the American Southwest to the deserts of Afghanistan – one part noir thriller, one part father-son tale, and one part adventure saga. Prepare to be ensnared.”
—T. Jefferson Parker, author of The Jaguar

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