Another Wyatt book, another "for pleasure" reread.
From the Blurb:
Wyatt is broke - and angry. The Mesics took his money a year ago. It's time to get it back.
The Outfit has other plans. They want Wyatt dead. $40,000 is a small price to pay to make it happen.
The stranger appeared just after lunch on day one of Wyatt's operation against the Mesics.
Nine tautly plotted stories of crime and detection ranging from the darkly dangerous to the frankly comical. All with young adult central characters - some authors have taken their own characters back to their childhood - others have created completely new characters.
"Straight...an insurance investigator recalled to his childhood uncovers a body and ghosts from his past.
"Bent...an unseen stranger confuses a crime writer with the characters who stalk the pages of his books.
"Barbara Vine...a conservator restoring a flood-damaged Venice crypt suspects that he's been implicated in a murder.
"Twelve dazzling stories by an award-winning author writing at the peak of his ability, introduced by an elegant testament to the writing process itself."
The neat suburban homes of the peninsula seem like an improbable setting for sex parties, blackmail and murder.
COMING IN MAY: THE WYATT BUTTERFLY
To keep his avid readers satisfied, Text is following up the release of the long-awaited new novel with a new omnibus edition of two iconic and interlinked Wyatt novels: The Wyatt Butterfly
Wyatt's been away; now he's back.
The job's a jewel heist, quick and simple. Stake out the international courier, one Alain Le Page. Hold up the goods in transit. Get away clean.
Wyatt prefers to work alone but this one belongs to Eddie Oberin - his very smart ex-wife Lydia has inside information. Wyatt has the planning genius and attention to detail. So what could possibly go wrong?
Plenty, if Le Page has anything to do with it. But when you cross Wyatt, you don't walk away.
Wyatt snatches the cash easily enough. He bypasses the alarm system, eludes the cops, makes it safely back to his bolthole in Hobart.
It's the diamond-studded Tiffany brooch - and perhaps the girl - that brings him undone. Now some very hard people want to put Wyatt and that brooch out of circulation. But this is Wyatt's game and Wyatt sets the rules - even if it means a reckoning somewhere far from home.
A rapist in a police uniform is stalking Inspector Hal Challis's Peninsula beat, a serial armed robber is headed his way, and there is a very clever, very mysterious female cat burglar who may or may not be planning something on his patch. On top of all that, Challis has been carpeted by the boss for speaking out about police budget cuts.