Book Review: The Wreckage by Michael Robotham
The Wreckage by Michael Robotham
What a thrilling and thought-provoking novel The Wreckage is! It shows just what a wonderful writer Michael Robotham is and how much he deserves all the awards he has won in his career. Previously an investigative journalist, he has based The Wreckage on the mind-blowing fact that nine billion US dollars of the $US 12 billion flown into Iraq within weeks of the invasion has gone missing. The story follows the missing money with the Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Luca Terracini investigating a series of bank robberies in Baghdad. In London, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz is scammed by a young woman, Holly Knight. When Ruiz goes searching for his missing possessions he discovers Holly’s boyfriend’s tortured body and it appears that dangerous men are after this young thief. But just what did she steal that was so important? Added into the London story is the story of an international banker, Richard North, who has gone missing and his disappearance proves to be the key to everything.
The story alternates between Baghdad and London until the two stories collide, powerfully and in a way that will keep you turning the pages. This is thriller writing at its very best – a novel that is about money, politics and power, but with believable and compelling characters that drive that action forward in their quest for truth despite the danger looming. This is first rate on every level and I would highly recommend this wonderful thriller.