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Andrew Gross
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4 Mar 2010

A breathtaking novel of suspense from the co-author of five No 1 James Patterson bestsellers including Judge and Jury and Lifeguard, and the hit thrillers The Blue Zone and Don't Look Twice

Ty Hauck has left law enforcement for a job with a big-time private security firm. But he quickly learns that life in the private sector can be every bit as dangerous as wearing a badge - if not more so.

When a successful trader at one of Wall Street's largest firms is murdered his suburban home along with his wife and daughter, it seems at first to be a case of burglary gone wrong.

Then another financial executive is found dead in a very suspicious 'suicide'. As Hauck digs deeper he uncovers a horrifying financial conspiracy that stretches from New York to Central Europe to London. And the masterminds behind it will kill anyone who gets in their way…

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007346476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007346479
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before turning to full-time writing, Andrew Gross was an executive in the sportswear business. Andrew has co-authored 5 novels with James Patterson, all of them reaching Number One in the NY Times Bestseller list. His first novel 'The Blue Zone' was an instant UK bestseller. He currently lives in New York with his wife, Lynn and has three children.

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‘I think this book is fantastic - it has all the obvious virtues plus that elusive X-factor that really made me resent the times I had to put it down. It's Andrew Gross's best yet - including the titles he wrote with James Paterson - and therefore an automatic must read for lovers of fast, topical, can't-put-it-down thrillers’ Lee Child

‘Reckless is a sexy-as-hell thriller and Andrew Gross's best’ James Patterson

‘Real fear, real thrills, real suspense…real good' Lee Child

'A spine-chilling mystery with a thrilling twist' Cosmopolitan

'[Gross] knows how to deliver a thrill' Daily Mail

'All the hallmarks of the master - quick-fire action, believable characters, and a none-too-taxing storyline. Perfect holiday fare' News of the World

About the Author

Before turning to full-time writing, Andrew Gross was an executive in the sportswear business. Andrew has co-authored 5 novels with James Patterson, all of them reaching Number One in the NY Times Bestseller list. His first novel 'The Blue Zone' was an instant UK bestseller. He currently lives in New York with his wife, Lynn and has three children.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Mind Bender 30 Dec 2011
Book 3, in the Ty Hauck series

As the first chapters unfold, we are slowly introduced to the characters that will take part in this mystery. A major change has Ty Hauck, Mr. Gross's protagonist, moving on from his former job as police detective to an important post at a corporate security firm.

The story begins when a close friend from Ty's past, April Glassman, is found brutally murdered in her home along with her husband and daughter. The firm in a gesture to one of their favourite clients takes on the case and assigns who else but Ty as lead investigator, it is obvious he has a definite interest in finding the reason and those responsible for this tragic incident. Early on into the investigation Ty finds himself in the middle of an ongoing financial conspiracy that has sights set on other targets.

His leads cross those of U.S treasury Agent Naomi Blum and together they follow the money trail, a trail that has them jetting across continents facing danger at every turn, a labyrinth of continuously new information and hazards that all has to be analysed and addressed. What they find at first appears to be a possible terrorist strike against financial managers but later turns out to be something far more sinister involving a much larger scope of the financial community.

In this latest novel, Mr. Gross has spun his own mystery around 21st century events and seasoned it with plenty of frightening conspiracies and global intrigue, a recipe that will please many readers. Although the plotting is somewhat predictable and quite formulaic, the topic is nevertheless quite interesting and the short and punchy chapters make it an easy read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced thriller with plenty of twists 31 Mar 2010
By Phil Robertshaw VINE VOICE
Andrew Gross has, by now, stepped out of James Patterson's shadow and established himself as a thriller writer in his own right. With Ty Hauck, formerly a detective and now a private investigator, he has created a character with plenty of potential mileage. 'Reckless' is the latest in a series of novels with this character, who this time teams up with treasury agent Naomi Blum when his initial investigations into the death of a former friend quickly lead him towards a major financial plot.

Gross incorporates real events from the global financial crisis into the plot to add credibility, and uses the story to postulate what might have been or what could happen. This is particularly effective. Less realistic are some of Hauck's actions and the willingness of the police to share so many details with him, even though he is a highly respected former officer. But there is no doubt that this is a good read, packed with conspiracies and complex murky financial shenanigans which, whether the reader can follow them or not, still add up to a great story.

There is one nit pick which does continue to grate with Gross's writing, and which slightly mars the reading experience. Is it really necessary for characters to constantly address each other by name within a short conversation? This is particularly true of Hauck's conversations with Steve Chrisafoulis, his replacement as head of detectives, who apparently suffers from short-term memory loss and is unsure of who he is. That is the only possible explanation for Hauck to address him by name at the end of nearly every sentence. Other characters do the same when speaking to Hauck. It seems to be a device for Gross to avoid constantly using the structure 'said Hauck' or 'said Steve', etc, but it's plain irritating and unrealistic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing particularly new 8 Feb 2011
First Andrew Gross I have read, picked up on a whim in library. I guess I was pulled in by the jacket blurb by Lee Child - an author who is very good - claiming this novel was "An Automatic Must-Read". Trouble is, I'm not sure why Lee Child thinks this unless it is to emphasize the gulf in quality between his novels and those of Mr Gross. I quite like the fact that the novel pulls in many actual recent events around the global near-collapse of the banking systems in Europe and the US. References to Fanny Mae, AIG, Wall St. institutions etc. all give a sense of the now. Which is a problem because this novel will become outdated by late 2011 and thus consigned to the dust heap.
It is standard fodder for the growing shelves of books out there latching onto the "Dan Brown-meets-thriller-meets mystery-both-modern-or-ancient" genre. We've an ex-cop - Ty Hauck with a beautiful intelligence officer - Naomi Blum - (all a bit cliched) struggling with retirement who latches onto a murder of a prominent banker (with whom he has a personal attachment through his own bereavement classes) uncovering a classic novel scenario of terrorist wanting to destroy the western world that currently dominates the fictional outpourings in all shops. Throw in a Serbian assassin, an erudite sleeper agent in the financial world, and Peter Simons, the corporate head who has serious designs on global power and money with this persistent ex-cop - who reminds me somewhat of Officer John McClane - and you've the well-trodden plot that has our heroes chasing the bad guys across the world both physically and electronically to uncover a plot to bring down the Western Banking systems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
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Published 1 month ago by Mrs J Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Gross does not disappoint
Another compelling read. Could be read as a stand alone but would suggest reading them in sequence. Love his writing
Published 4 months ago by Fiona Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Read this book as a result of loving James Patterson and Andrew Gross has written with him. I was not disappointed.
Published 8 months ago by Wendy
4.0 out of 5 stars Reckless
Can recommend for all those who want a good book for holiday retreats and rainy afternoons. Action all the way
Published 11 months ago by Jouet
4.0 out of 5 stars andrew Gross
I am finding this one similar to another one I have just read by same author. Still it is a good read
Published 15 months ago by mr darcy
4.0 out of 5 stars Reckless
Great read. Well thought out plot will plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing how it would end.
Published 20 months ago by Mr. J. J. Patchett
1.0 out of 5 stars No Stars is 1 Star too many
Anyone who can manage to get beyond the opening sentence of Chapter 1 deserves a medal. The writing is formulaic at best. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Hillwalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Just like all the others I've read, excellent and grips you from the first page. If you like James Patterson you will like this author.
Published on 28 May 2012 by Bev
4.0 out of 5 stars A well-crafted novel of our times
There are some varying reviews for this book. I found it to be a gripping read. I know that it is just a novel but it made me a bit nervous about how easily the modern financial... Read more
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