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Five Star First Edition Mystery - The Heist

Black, Michael A.

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ISBN 10: 1594142777 / ISBN 13: 9781594142772
Published by Five Star, 2005
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Title: Five Star First Edition Mystery - The Heist

Publisher: Five Star

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Linc Jackson and his buddy Rick Weaver thought they'd seen it all on the brutal battlefields of Desert Storm, but found themselves displaced and forgotten men when they came back to the States. Now, a year later, the opportunity of a lifetime suddenly drops in their laps . . . That is, if they don't mind tiptoeing on the dark side to make the score. During a freak flood that causes havoc in the downtown business hub of Chicago, Linc and Rick put everything on the line as they execute a heist that they hope will put them on Easy Street for the rest of their lives. It involves a foolproof plan for grabbing what they believe is a cool million of the mob's money. But that's when things start to go terribly wrong. As the Mafia calls in a specialist, nicknamed "The Regulator," to get back their property, the two ex-marines find that they not only have the bad boys of the outfit hot on their trail, but some pretty tough cops as well. It will take all their battle-tested skills just to escape with their lives, in an ultimate showdown that's guaranteed to make what they went through in Operation Desert Storm look like a cakewalk.

Award-winning author Michael A. Black holds an MFA degree in Fiction Writing from Columbia College. He has been a police officer in the south suburbs of Chicago for the past twenty-six years. He is currently a sergeant on the Matteson, Illinois Police Department.

Review:

"The Heist is tough and uncompromising. A fast, hardboiled read."
-- Les Roberts, creator of the Milan Jacovich mystery series

"The Heist crackles with an intricate plot, gritty dialogue, and indelible characters. Think 'Elmore Leonard comes to Chicago' . . ."
-- Jeremiah Healy, author of Turnabout and The Only Good Lawyer

"Gulf War vets Lincoln Jackson and Rick Weaver fantasize about pulling off a big heist at a bank in the Chicago Loop. When a massive flood in the underground tunnel system disables the alarm systems, the boys spring into action. They target a safety-deposit box owned by a mid-level Mob soldier, but instead of a half-million in cash, they end up with chump change and a videotape showing the Chicago godfather bludgeoning two associates to death. What they don?t know is that the soldato was leveraging the tape against a federal indictment. Soon the mobster and his lawyer are dead, an assassin has kidnapped Linc?s girlfriend, and a cop is hot on their case. Once a marine, always a marine, so as far as Linc and Rick are concerned, it's "pass the Lord and praise the ammunition" as they prepare to exchange the tape for Linc's girlfriend. Black, a Chicago-area cop, knows lawyers, guns, and money very well. Comparisons to a younger Elmore Leonard have been made, but the no-nonsense style and Chicago setting may remind readers more of the late, much-missed Eugene Izzi."
--Booklist, July 2005 (Booklist 20050701)

"Gulf War vets Lincoln Jackson and Rick Weaver fantasize about pulling off a big heist at a bank in the Chicago Loop. When a massive flood in the underground tunnel system disables the alarm systems, the boys spring into action. They target a safety-deposit box owned by a mid-level Mob soldier, but instead of a half-million in cash, they end up with chump change and a videotape showing the Chicago godfather bludgeoning two associates to death. What they don?t know is that the soldato was leveraging the tape against a federal indictment. Soon the mobster and his lawyer are dead, an assassin has kidnapped Linc?s girlfriend, and a cop is hot on their case. Once a marine, always a marine, so as far as Linc and Rick are concerned, it's "pass the Lord and praise the ammunition" as they prepare to exchange the tape for Linc's girlfriend. Black, a Chicago-area cop, knows lawyers, guns, and money very well. Comparisons to a younger Elmore Leonard have been made, but the no-nonsense style and Chicago setting may remind readers more of the late, much-missed Eugene Izzi."
--Booklist, July 2005 (LoveRomances.Com 20050601)

"THE HEIST will keep readers on the edge of their seats with nail biting suspense as we travel though a deadly game of cat and mouse. The characters are well written and multi-faceted. Linc is basically a good guy who has connections with not so good guys that enable him to plan and execute the perfect heist with the help of his greedy and not so nice girlfriend, Diane. The plan succeeds. But what they get is not what they bargained for. Diane is a character that this reviewer loved to hate. Rick is Linc's best friend and also a good guy. He agrees to help Linc but at what cost? Both men along with Linc's uncle Henry put their lives on the line many times before the story comes to an almost satisfying end. This story includes many front burner characters as well as a vast cast of secondary characters that due to the author's wonderful writing ability the reader is able to keep up with and keep track of. Not a head scratching confusing moment in Michael Black's prose. Mr Black has done a wonderful job in creating true to life characters that are very believable...The tale of Linc and Rick will not disappoint suspense and action lovers." "THE HEIST is a very highly recommended read and this reviewer looks forward to the next offering from Mr Black."
--Loveromances.com, June 2005 (LoveRomances.Com 20050601)

"In Black?s fast-paced third novel (after 2004's Windy City Knights), a stand-alone thriller, the veteran Chicago police officer skillfully interweaves several plot strands-the decision by Johnny "The Mink" Osmand, a high-level Chicago mobster, to cooperate with law enforcement; the schemes of Osmand?s boss, Salvatore "Vino" Costelli, to evade prosecution; and the plans of two ex-Marines, Linc Jackson and Rick Weaver, to hit the jackpot by stealing the contents of Osmand?s safe-deposit box. Jackson and Weaver don't know that the box holds little of value apart from a videotape documenting a double murder that would put Costelli away for life. When a water-main break disables the security systems of the bank storing the videotape, Jackson and Weaver proceed with the heist of the title, which leads to complicated and unexpected consequences for all parties involved."
--Publisher's Weekly, May 2005 (Publisher's Weekly 20050501)

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