I expected Le Carre, I got Grand Theft Auto, Atlantic City
The success of this book depends on the reader's belief that the protagonist, a seasoned thief, is an expert in all things the reader is not, including, but not limited to, bank robbery, firearms, pharmaceuticals, money laundering, money minting, automobile repair, law enforcement techniques, cell phone and radar jamming. The list goes on and on. It is quite possible that the author truly is an expert in all of this (though the book jacket remarks that he is a recent college graduate, so it seems quite unlikely that he has had all of those experiences.) I am by no means an expert in any of those fields, but as a physician and a hunter, I do have some knowledge of firearms and pharmaceuticals, and the protagonist's (often lengthy and pedantic) dissertations on, at least these two subjects, were wildly off base. This, in the end, ruined the book for me.
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