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.
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. (June 10) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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June 01, 2005
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