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Awards, Nominations, Lists, and Accolades

The AudioFile Earphones Award for Best Audiobook (winner)

The Wilbur and Niso Smith Prize for Adventure Writing (finalist)

The Spotted Owl Award for Fiction (finalist)

A  Literary Lion at Seattle's 26th Annual Black Tie Gala
Readly Stockholm #1 Best Seller
Library Journal Starred Book

A Booklist Starred Book

A Seattle Times Mystery Pick of the Year

A Powell's City of Books Top Pick of the Year

A King County Library Fabulous Fiction Pick of the Year

A Seatle Mystery Bookshop Best Seller

One of Alabama Liberal's Top Ten Books of the Year

Critical and Professional Praise for Vanishing Games

Edgar-finalist Hobbs's fantastic sequel to 2013's Ghostman. An irresistable ride.

   Publisher's Weekly


The opening chapter [...] is one of the most deftly choreographed bits of suspense writing I’ve read. Vanishing Games has the confidence and brio of Terry Hayes.

   The Guardian (UK)


Vanishing Games is every bit the thriller: meaty, violent, and riveting [...] Donald Westlake finally has a worthy successor. And that's saying something.

   The Arizona Republic


Skillfully rendered [and] so deft.... As satisfying as watching other action heroes leap from tall buildings.

    Chicago Tribune


A fast-paced, action-packed thriller filled with sexual tension, violence and edge-of-your-seat suspense.

   Library Journal (Starred Review)


An exhilaratingly swift-moving crime novel, a guilt-free guilty pleasure. Readers considering a life of crime should first read Roger Hobbs. He's one of the most informative crime writers working today.
   Richmond Times-Dispatch


The fast-paced plot, peppered with details which bring each scene to bloody life, is a thrill. Vanishing Games is a keeper.

   The Oregonian


As far as works of crime fiction are concerned, Vanishing Games may just be the most mind-blowing piece I’ve read this year. [Roger Hobbs is] a master craftsman.

   The New Straits Times (Malaysia)


Once or twice in a lifetime, you read a few pages of a book and realize you're reading something extraordinary, written by one of the great talents of a generation.

   Seeley James, author of The Geneva Decision


Vanishing Games is swift, strong, and smart as all hell.

   The Seattle Times


The bad guys don't mess around in Roger Hobbs's Vanishing Games. This is a page-turner of the first order.


Hobbs has followed up his thrilling debut with an equally exciting tale. This is a good, fun read.

   The Melbourne Age (Australia)

Vanishing Games is everything you could ever want in a book.

   The Willamette Week

Rapp dialogue, a very hard-boiled story, and really skillfully developed characters-- This one will be a quad-star.

      Magnus Utvik, Legendary Swedish Reviewer


An exceptionally strong thriller. [Vanishing Games] will keep you hooked till the very last page.

     Crimezone (Netherlands)


Roger Hobbs isn’t a writer to watch — he’d already blasted past most other novelists, leaving them sucking foam and flailing around in his wake. He’s the guy out on the dark horizon, showing us how fierce and smart and shocking thrillers can be. I’m in awe.

    Duane Swierczynski, Award-Winning Author of The Wheelman

Vanishing Games is smart, fast-paced and cool. A violent odyssey through the mean streets of Macau.

   Mason Cross, Bestselling Author of The Killing Season

Rich-- in more ways than one. A fast, addictive read.

   Strand Magazine

Pure entertainment [...] A sequel that may be even better than the original. Perhaps the most enjoyable novel I read last year. 

   Alabama Liberal

Roger Hobbs is the real deal. The best new thriller writer since Joseph Finder burst onto the scene with The Moscow Club. [...Vanishing Games is] one of the best thrillers I've read in a long, long time.

   R. A. Raab, Author of The Dewey Deception

Yes, there is a new guy in town. And he'll keep you up at night.

     The Lincoln Journal Star (by Francis Moul)

A page-turning, white-knuckle follow up. Hobbs writes with a vengence, staging cinematic scenes of violence and moral ambiguity that make this 304-page novel the literary equivalent of finely wrought film noir.
     Dalas Fort Worth Star-Telegram (By Preston Jones)

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