The Take

The Take

Book - 2018
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"Simon Riske is a freelance industrial spy who, despite his job title, lives a mostly quiet life above his auto garage in central London. He is hired to perform the odd job for a bank, an insurance company, or the British Secret Service, when he isn't expertly stealing a million-dollar watch off the wrist of a crooked Russian oligarch. Riske has maintained his quiet life by avoiding big, messy jobs; until now. A gangster by the name of Tino Coluzzi has orchestrated the greatest street heist in the history of Paris: a visiting Saudi prince had his pockets lightened of millions in cash, and something else. Hidden within a stolen briefcase is a secret letter that could upend the balance of power in the Western world. The Russians have already killed in an attempt to get it back by the time the CIA comes knocking at Simon's door. Coluzzi was once Riske's brother-in-arms, but their criminal alliance ended with Riske in prison, having narrowly avoided a hit Coluzzi ordered. Now, years later, it is thief against thief, and hot on their trail are a dangerous Parisian cop, a murderous Russian femme fatale, her equally unhinged boss, and perhaps the CIA itself. In the grand tradition of The Day of the Jackal and The Bourne Identity, Christopher Reich's The Take is a stylish, breathtaking ride."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316342353
Branch Call Number: REICH
Characteristics: 393 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 22, 2018

Contrived plot, cartoon characters, synthetic thrills: what a waste of time.

Jun 17, 2018

Not bad at all/ Sometimes a little wordy with descriptions you don't really need, ( but don't they all), so you flip through the Minutiae and then get on with the story.. Overall a good story. Finished it in two days,.

Feb 21, 2018

I am a fan of the travelogue style of mystery and this fits the bill, the plot line may occasionally be a bit far-fetched but the central character is interesting and the story moves right along.

Feb 09, 2018

Christopher Reich has delivered another great novel. A terrific blend of unusual characters, relationships old and renewed, a great story line of thieves, crimes, cops & robbers, high-end automobiles, and corruption, and a staring role for Simon Riske who has a weird personal story of bad-guy, prison, and something of a resurrection as a good-guy. Great read, well crafted. Left me wondering if a sequel is in the works. I do wish he had finished off a sub-plot around the Russian leadership, but alas......... I really liked it otherwise and well worth reading. Reich is one of the better thriller writers of today, for sure.


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