The Amateurs by Marcus Sakey

The AmateursReviewed by Patricia Reid

Three guys and a gal call themselves The Thursday Night Drinking Club. Jenn, Alex, Ian and Mitch meet every Thursday night for a few drinks and good conversation including some silly games. However, one Thursday night their conversation turns to a game that is not so silly and very dangerous.

Jenn works for a travel agency. She is single and has no big problems in her life but longs for a little excitement. Alex is a bartender. He is divorced and has a little girl that he is crazy about but has a few problems keeping up his very high child support. Mitch is a doorman at a hotel and is secretly in love with Jenn. Ian is a broker and has made some good money in the past but has fallen into a life of gambling and drugs and is very hard up for money.

When the Thursday conversation turns to money and a chance to make a lot of it each are very interested with the exception of Mitch who has doubts about getting involved. Mitch thinks the plan to rob Alex’s boss is foolhardy but finally consents to be involved because of his feelings for Jenn.

What starts out as a simple robbery with a little excitement and a good amount of money for each of the participants turns into a nightmare. Nothing goes exactly as planned except the four do wind up with the cash. Now the four cannot decide if they would be better off if the police caught them since the gangsters that are now after them are very dangerous.

The Amateurs is an exciting story full of danger and thrilling moments with no hint as to the final outcome. The Chicago Tribune has called Marcus Sakey “the new reigning prince of crime fiction” and this book seems to prove that point.

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