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The team Seth has assembled is all wrong. The safecracker has seen better days... but not recently. The 'muscle' is at least as dangerous to his own team as he is to the enemy. The driver is completely controlled by his unreliable wife, the inside source has a problem with cocaine, and the only one who looks semi-competent doesn't trust whites. Steele needs the money, but does he really have a chance with the team Seth has assembled? Especially as Seth feels he owes all of them something?
Compounding Steele's problems, the local gambling boss has hired an outside collector to pick up his debts and Kurt Noland intends to collect no matter who gets in the way. 'Collecting' Steele's heist as part of his profits would just make his leg-breaking/raping/beating that much more pleasant.
Author George Snyder writes a fast-paced adventure/caper. In Steele and Kurt Noland, he gives us two sides of the solitary tough-guy. Despite his self-image as autonomous, Steele discovers that he can and must depend on others--an evolution that ultimately gives him the strength to stand up to Noland and the other cons after the heist money. Of course, depending on others also becomes his weakness as others cannot live up to his impossibly high standards.
Snyder's writing plunges the reader into danger with a complex protagonist/antagonist pair, crooked politicians, multiple sets of crooks out after one treasure. I liked the way Snyder piled on the suspense--we the reader knowing that bad things were in motion but Steele and his gang ignorant.