An armoured car carrying a huge payday will be rolling through the city every Friday for four weeks. Out of money, Wilson takes up with Ruby, an old partner, for a job that promises a huge score. The only problem: Ruby’s kid, Rick, wants in on the deal. Rick is everything Wilson isn’t but without him there is no job. Wilson signs on with the condition that he runs the job;An armoured car carrying a huge payday will be rolling through the city every Friday for four weeks. Out of money, Wilson takes up with Ruby, an old partner, for a job that promises a huge score. The only problem: Ruby’s kid, Rick, wants in on the deal. Rick is everything Wilson isn’t but without him there is no job. Wilson signs on with the condition that he runs the job; he plans it, supplies it, and staffs it. The job is a success, but so is the double cross. Wilson loses the money and almost his life. He sets out after his partners and learns that nothing was ever as it seemed — nothing but the blood on the ground. Honour among thieves is bullshit, but Ruby and her son should have known better than to try and play another man’s game....
|Title||:||Never Play Another Man's Game|
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Never Play Another Man's Game Reviews
Wilson lives in Hamilton, ON, and had an interesting career working for an Italian mobster, Paolo. Since Paolo is now dead, Wilson is unemployed and living on his savings, which are rapidly running out. When the police show up at his house one morning, he sets it on fire and takes off.When Ruby, a former colleague of his late uncle, shows up with the idea to rob an armoured truck full of money, Wilson can't resist because he needs the cash ... plus Ruby has made him an offer he can't resist. Wilson takes charge , the job is done but then he is double crossed. Wilson doesn't take that lightly and is determined to find Ruby and Rick to not only get his share of the robbery but he's also seeking revenge.This is the fourth (of six) in the Wilson series. Though it is part of series (I've now read the first four), it works as a stand alone as there is enough information provided. As with the first two, I liked the writing style. It was blunt and to the point. This was my favourite of the four. As a head's up, there is swearing and violence. I like Wilson ... he's a loner with no attachments and has just two friends.I look forward to reading more books by this author.Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2017/05...
Another very good entry into Mike Knowles Wilson series. Hard-boiled and violent, Knowles does this genre better than anyone else writing today. The main character is a criminal and no hero, but he is consistent in his approach to events and takes a violent approach to his dealings with anyone he doesn't know. This is definitely not a series or a book for everyone, but if you are interested in something dark, violent and different, it is recommended.
Master criminal and anti-hero Wilson has finally extricated himself from the Italian and Russian mafias, and has been flying under the radar while looking for solo work. When he hears that the notorious con-artist Ruby Chu has been asking for him, he is curious but wary. Ruby and her son have an audacious idea, to rob an armored car that is carrying twice it's normal payload of money. They just need a planner like Wilson to iron out the details. Despite a load of bickering, the job comes off well and the crew (including a biker named D.B. that Wilson recruited for the job) duck into a garage to hide out. That's when the double cross is sprung, and Wilson is left with no money, a badly wounded co-conspirator and an unshakable resolve for revenge. This book was an interesting entry in the Wilson series because it showed that despite the icy exterior, that he wasn't perfect. Whereas Richard Stark's criminal mastermind Parker never would have worked with amateurs, Wilson knows that his bankroll is running low and that compels him to take risks that nearly turn deadly. Another fine effort in an excellent series.
For those who like noirish, hard-boiled stories, Knowles has written one right up your alley. This book can be read alone, but you are best served getting the entire series. Darwin is a great character and he gets into and out of a lot of great situations. I am surprised Knowles' name doesn't come up more when the better new noir authors are discussed. Hopefully he can sign with a better publisher (I can see him with Minotaur) and he can be promoted a little more to get his name out. I for one am glad I stumbled upon his series.
Once again, I didn't realize that I was reading a book from a series, and that this was #3 or #4.... Gotta do my research a bit better. But, in my quest for staying true to as many Canadian authors as I can, this one came from close to home: Mike Knowles, the author, is a teacher in Hamilton. He refers to lots of familiar local places - James St., the escarpment, Binbrook, Christa! - in this look at crime from the criminal's point of view. A good story with so much double crossing going on it made my head spin:)
Being from Hamilton, I really enjoyed the book with all the local areas. The story was also good , some twists and turns to keep you reading
Canadian Noir? Really a well written fast paced tale. More from Knowles would be appreciatyed