Caravan of Thieves: A Lieutenant Rollie Waters Novel

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Like his con artist father, Rollie Waters knows all the angles, and he’s never fewer than two steps ahead of trouble. But unlike his father, Rollie is not a criminal. Only when he’s working undercover for the Marines, inhabiting a false identity, is Rollie comfortable in his own skin.
 
But after he’s yanked out of his latest assignment and tossed into the brig, he’s not that surprised to hear that a lot of government money has gone ...
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Overview


Like his con artist father, Rollie Waters knows all the angles, and he’s never fewer than two steps ahead of trouble. But unlike his father, Rollie is not a criminal. Only when he’s working undercover for the Marines, inhabiting a false identity, is Rollie comfortable in his own skin.
 
But after he’s yanked out of his latest assignment and tossed into the brig, he’s not that surprised to hear that a lot of government money has gone missing and the officials think Rollie’s father took it. The only way to find Dan Waters 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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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.)
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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: 9780451419255
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 809,122
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


David Rich has sold screenplays to most of the major studios and to many production companies in the United States and Europe. He wrote the feature film Renegades starring Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Phillips. Forsaking Los Angeles for small-town Connecticut, David turned his attention to fiction; Caravan of Thieves is the result.
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