The Heat

Wyatt needs a job.

A bank job would be nice, or a security van hold-up. As long as he doesn’t have to work with cocky idiots and strung-out meth-heads like the Pepper brothers. That’s the sort of miscalculation that buys you the wrong kind of time.

So he contacts a man who in the past put him on the right kind of heist. And finds himself in Noosa, stealing a painting for Hannah Sten.

He knows how it’s done: case the premises, set up escape routes and failsafes, get in and get out with the goods unrecognised. Make a good plan; back it up with another. And be very, very careful.

But who is his client? Who else wants that painting?

Sometimes, being very careful is not enough.

Author: 
Garry Disher
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Judges Report: 

What unalloyed pleasure to spend a few more hours in the company of Disher's hard man Wyatt, best of the worst, at the top of his form. Disher's anti-hero with a moral compass was showing us how it's done long before Breaking Bad’s Mike Ehrmentraut was a glint in Vince Gilligan's eye. A few nice twists, a lot of suspense, a wry sense of humour and an inklng of humanity make this one of the year's most satisfying reads.

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