PRAISE FOR GHOSTMAN
Awards, Nominations, and Accolades
Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller (Winner)
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (Winner)
Maltese Falcon Society Award for Best Hardboiled Novel (Winner)
Hayakawa Mystery Magazine Best New Author of the Year (Winner)
Seeley James Award for Best Thriller (Winner)
Edgar Award for Best First Novel (Nominated)
Anthony Award for Best First Novel (Nominated)
John Creasey Dagger for Best Debut Novel (Nominated)
Barry Award for Best Thriller (Nominated)
Ken Kesey Award for Fiction (Nominated)
Spotted Owl Award for Mystery Fiction (Nominated)
Bestseller and Critical Lists
A New York Times Best Seller
A Los Angeles Times Best Seller
A USA Today Best Seller
A Der Spiegel Best Seller
A National Independent Booksellers Best Seller
A Seattle Mystery Bookshop Best Seller (several years in a row)
A Powells City of Books Best Seller
A Stockholm Salesmetric Best Seller
A Sunday Times Thriller of the Year
A Sunday Times Top Thriller of the Last 5 Years
A Booklist Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Best Crime Novel of the Decade
A Google Play Best Book of the Year
A Financial Times Crime Book of the Year
A Guardian Crime Thriller of the Year
A National Public Radio Hardcover Fiction Best Seller
A Washington Post Top Audiobook of the Year
A USA Today Best Seller
A Hayakawa Mystery Magazine Book of the Year
A Seven Gods of Crime Fiction Top Pick by 4 of the 7 Gods
A BookPage Editor's Choice Thriller of the Year
A BookPage Reader's Choice Thriller of the Year
One of Lee Goldburg's Top 3 Thrillers of 2013
A Indie Next List Great Read
Critical and Professional Praise for Ghostman and Roger Hobbs
Fast, hard and knowing: this is an amazing debut full of intrigue, tradecraft and suspense. Read it immediately!
Lee Child, legendary author of the Jack Reacher series
A first novel comes along every few years that clearly separates itself from the field, like Secretariat winning the 1973 Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths. This year’s Secretariat is going to be Ghostman, a propulsive thriller that combines incredible detail and nonstoppable narrative drive. [...] A triumph on every level.
Booklist (Starred Review)
One of the most auspicious crime-fiction debuts in decades.
The Arizona Republic
[GHOSTMAN is] an amazing book, one of the best noirs of the last generation.
La Republica (Italy)
[GHOSTMAN] moves like a black mamba and is every bit as deadly. Fierce, taut and with an intensity that bursts the lungs, I doubt whether there will be a debut thriller to match it this year, or even next.
The Daily Mail (UK)
A stunning achievement by Hobbs [...] It is beautifully written, fast-paced, action packed and exciting.
Ghostman is a stunningly accomplished debut.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch
Roger Hobbs's Ghostman, the best thriller I listened to this year, is fast-paced, darked-hued and complex. [...] Cold-blooded murder and exquisite suspense mark this terrific novel.
The Washington Post (review of audio book)
An ice-in-his-veins fixer trawls Atlantic City for a missing bundle of cash in this watertight debut thriller. [...] A smart entry into the modern thriller pantheon, at once slick and gritty.
Kirkus (Starred review)
An astonishing debut [...] its a masterpiece.
The Guardian (UK)
Full of authentic detail, seedy locations and a high corpse count, it keeps you hooked until the very last page.
The Telegraph (UK)
[Hobbs] seizes our attention and holds it tight [...] through his sheer, masterly use of details, and the authoritative, hard-boiled voice. [...] the debut of a gifted crime writer who will only get better.
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Hobbs, a first-time novelist who’s barely out of college but already writing with the poise of an old pro.
Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
Ghostman is terrific: lightning-quick, absolutely compelling and smart as all get-out [...] without question, the strongest crime-fiction debut I’ve read in a long time.
The Seattle Times
Thrilling tale of the bloody aftermath of a casino heist gone wrong [...] brilliantly clever.
Daily Mirror (UK)
Hobbs’s supremely confident storytelling should leave readers eagerly anticipating his antihero’s future felonies.
Hobbs seems preternaturally gifted at inventing propulsive story lines and cliffhanger chapter endings.
The Star Tribune
What [Lee] Child’s debut novel, Killing Floor, did for thrillers, Hobbs does for crime novels.
The Arizona Republic
Tense and tightly coiled debut thriller [...] Hobbs' plotting is snare-drum tight.
A five-star novel. There is no higher rating.
Magnus Utvik, Swedish Reviewer
Ghostman is a slam bang, gritty, down and dirty, law breaking journey into the underworld in which honor among thieves is a serious joke. Never knowing what will come next makes Ghostman a true nailbiter.
The New York Journal of Books
Richly imagined and darkly facinating.
The San Francisco Chronicle
Detail and pacing-- Ghostman is great at both. Roger Hobbs has shown himself to be a master of the big crime genre.
East Coast Stories
Jack is a fixer who has 48 hours to recover money from a heist gone wrong. He’s a little bit like a darker, badder Jack Reacher. This is a great debut and [...] we can’t wait to read what Roger Hobbs does next.
BuzzFeed.com, "30 Writers Under 30"
Stylishly gritty and fast-paced.