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Editorial Reviews

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“Like an Australian Bob le Flambeur, Disher’s titular robber is smooth, calm and planning a big heist.”
Entertainment Weekly


“The first U.S. appearance of this series, and it's just brilliant.”
Seattle Times

"Once again Disher takes us back to the golden age of thrillers, a time when they were fast, taut and dependably suspenseful."
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“A jewel heist that appears straightforward proves anything but in Australian author Disher's outstanding seventh thriller featuring Melbourne bank robber Wyatt Wareen, last seen in 1997's The Fallout.... The spare, economical prose perfectly suits this tale of mad love and crimes gone wrong ... and should boost the reputation of Disher, winner of Australia's Ned Kelly Award, in the U.S.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Wyatt Wareen has been away for awhile, but he’s back in Melbourne and looking for a score.... Disher also writes the excellent Inspector Hal Challis procedurals (Chain of Evidence, 2007), but a new Wyatt novel—we’ve described the series as “criminal procedurals” (Kick Back, 1993)—is cause for celebration. Though the ensemble cast is sharply drawn, the heart of the story is Wyatt, a cool-headed, taciturn, unsentimental thief with a code ... Wyatt may be a man out of time, but crime fiction like this is timeless.
Booklist, Starred Review

“Disher’s depiction of Melbourne’s underworld is a revelation—undeniably lurid and harsh yet humming with a vibrancy that lends a soulful note to the story. In his first Wyatt thriller in 13 years, Disher, author of the Hal Challis police procedurals (The Dragon Man; Blood Moon) excels at capturing the complexity and tension of life on the run, and his characters exude a visceral energy as they compete to survive. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy atmospheric, character-driven crime thrillers.”
Library Journal, Starred Review

“I’ve read my way across the landscape of caper novels. Somehow, though, I missed Australia, particularly Garry Disher’s series with thief Wyatt. Thankfully, that has now been remedied. Although Wyatt is Disher’s seventh featuring his inscrutable hero, it was a terrific place to start.”
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel


“The plot is solid, pacing excellent, and the characterization first-rate. Fans of Barry Eisler and Ted Bell should also appreciate Disher.”
ForeWord Reviews

“If you want an armchair trip to Australia, try this cool caper.... Readers familiar with Garry Disher's procedural series featuring Hal Challis will recognize the author's straightforward style and his ability to create an ensemble cast of three-dimensional characters with a few deft strokes.”
Mystery Scene

“If you’ve read Ripley you’ll understand...”
Jeff Park, Front Row (BBC)

About the Author

Garry Disher is one of Australia's best-known novelists. He's published over 40 books in a range of genres, including crime, children's books, and Australian history. His Hal Challis crime series is also published in the US by Soho Crime. He lives on the Mornington Peninsula, southeast of Melbourne.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Wyatt Novel (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime; 1 edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569479623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569479629
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,089,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garry Disher lives in Australia and is the author of over 40 books: novels, short story collections, writers' handbooks, history textbooks and children's fiction. His Challis and Destry police procedurals, and his Wyatt crime from the inside thrillers, are gaining international recognition, winning best crime novel of the year awards in Australia and Germany and appearing on best books of the year lists in the USA. Garry has toured Germany twice and the States once, and counts a scholarship year spent in the Stanford University creative writing school, early in his career, as one of his most important formative experiences.

Customer Reviews

Plotting is very good and unpredictable.
R. J. Miranda
A majority of the characters in "Wyatt" are morally reprehensible.
J. B. Hoyos
The wyatt novels by Disher are a great second to stark.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cloggie Downunder on February 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Incredible as it may seem, I had never read any of Garry Disher's Wyatt series, so I had no idea of the depth of reading pleasure in store for me when I started his latest offering, "Wyatt".
Wyatt has been away; now he's back. The plot begins with a planned jewel heist but takes many a twist and turn before the final page. Wyatt seems to be a crook with principles, but he doesn't hesitate to kill if that's what's needed. And there are plenty of dead bodies strewn throughout this novel. The action is fast-paced and "the goods" change hands with dizzying frequency.
Disher is a master of description; this novel is full of realistic, down-to-earth, gutsy characters; the dialogue is razor-sharp. Wyatt's theory about words: "The words had a job to do and were not to be squandered" could apply equally to Disher himself. He may be economical with them, but he certainly chooses the right ones and strings them together in a most satisfying order.
There are some delicious ironies: one set of thieves referring to the people who robbed them as "the thieves"; the robbing, at one stage, being done by a cop.
It is easy to see why this novel has won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction 2010. Readers will have difficulty putting it down. There was a 13 year hiatus between the last Wyatt novel and this one: let's hope we don't have to wait as long for the next one. This was my first Wyatt novel, but certainly not my last.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In Mount Eliza around the bay from Melbourne, Wyatt Warren waits for the right moment to rob $75,000 from a harbour master; his cost besides time so far is a $500 broker fee to tipster Eddie Oberin. However, the stealing of the ransom money turns nasty when the Frankston police arrive. By the time he escapes in a stolen car, Wyatt shows a profit of $1600 and out a gun.

Wyatt still needs a quick reward. Eddie arranges for him to meet his ex wife Lydia Stark who outlines a delivery of jewelry that Wyatt knows will be easy to steal from the courier and even easier to fence. The master thief accomplished the theft but it is not the easy jewelry he gets; instead it is much more valuable bonds but also much more difficult to pawn. His associates betray him and the courier is a pro coming for him.

Mindful of Parker (especially in Flashfire) by Richard Stark, Wyatt is an exciting return to thieving by the Australian career criminal. The story line is entertaining due to the lead character's criminal abilities that Garry Disher effortlessly brings alive in the roller coaster (no one goes up and down as frequently as Wyatt does) fast-paced plot. Fans and new readers will enjoy this well-written, tale while seeking out previous books that go back to the nineties of one of the best anti-heroes

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan A. Elsner VINE VOICE on October 9, 2014
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This tightly-plotted thriller follows the eponymous and emotionally-stunted Wyatt, an expert thief who is scrupulous in his work -- and has no life outside of it. It mostly takes place in the scrubby suburban sprawl of Melbourne Australia, never previously drawn to be so squalid and unappealing.

Wyatt is drawn into what he believes is a jewel-heist with two acquaintances, one of them Lydia to whom he has a faint, scarecely-acknowledged attraction. The heist goes spectacularly wrong. There are no jewels but instead hundreds of millions of dollars in government-issued bonds snatched from the streets of London. A chain of events is set off ending in violence and mayhem. Without wanting to give away spoilers, let me say that Wyatt is drawn into the unfamiliar role of caregiver for the grievously wounded Lydia, awakening some unfamiliar feelings in his icy soul.

Other characters are introduced: a leathery, aged female gun dealer who has seen it all and her feckless, burglar-wannabe nephew; a slightly bent police officer; a diamond fence and his deranged stripper girlfriend; an expert French thief and his slightly less smooth Aussie cousins. The author shakes this cocktail into a volatile, explosive mix and then detonates it.

I must say I admired the expertise with which the book is constructed. My one criticism is that it is hard to get too involved with a protagonist who is such an emotional stranger even to himself. Still, one is fascinated with his trade craft and street smarts, expertly described.

I am intrigued enough to want to follow the series through the next installment.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark on January 23, 2013
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Disher is a fine, fine writer. So nice to read crime fiction that's worth reading merely for the prose style. Wyatt's great, the original anti-hero. Disher has you rooting for him right up all along. And then his amoral code leaves you questioning what you might be capable of yourself. Deft writing and plotting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Warren Olson on January 27, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
While I enjoy most of Disher's books and his vivid descriptions of outback Australia - without doubt his Wyatt, master thief books are my favourite and this is no exception. Fast paced and a series well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By keetmom on November 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Garry Disher has created a memorable character in master thief Wyatt. He is clever, he is calculating and he is deadly cool in executing his criminal purpose. Wyatt is the ultimate professional, it is just that his calling is to a life of crime. He is the modern Australian version of the mysterious gunslinger of the American West - this time rather than no name, the man has one name, just Wyatt. But if Wyatt is super slick, he is surrounded by a bunch of misfits. There is the bumbling buffoon, the killer nymphomaniac, the bent cop and the remorseless assassin who all try to get the better of Wyatt. The story, at times comic and at times brutal, twists and turns as Wyatt battles to keep the stolen loot and save the fair maiden. This tale of the Aussie underworld is not a noir classic, but it sets an entertaining standard in grunge grey.
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