The Debt

The Debt

A Novel of the London Underworld

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Determined to avenge himself against the person responsible for his imprisonment, high-stakes thief Johnny Frank finds his plans going awry when his target's son is taken hostage by kidnappers who demand a ransom of rare pink diamonds, a cache that Johnny invented as a key component of his plot.

Perseus Publishing
Johnny Frank has just been released from prison, and intends to have his payback. After convincing his betrayer, ruthless Jim Buckley, that he’s on the up-and-up, the incentive of an imaginary haul of diamonds—along with a more immediate cash sweetener—is enough to secure an invitation to his home. Once there, Johnny subtly begins to spread suspicion.

Johnny plays the first of his hands; he makes the Buckleys an offer they’ve been waiting for—a cut of the proceeds if they help him recover his stash. What the Buckleys don’t know is that this is part of Johnny’s plan to destroy their family. But plans go awry when Buckley’s son, Marc, is taken hostage, and his ransom is the same bogus stash. Pretending to be moved by their pleas, Johnny goes to London—accompanied, despite his protests, by Marc’s wife, the confident Simone—to meet the kidnappers’ demands.

At first, Simone is appalled by the cold-blooded gangster Johnny Frank. But when the two grow unexpectedly close, Johnny feels obligated to break the bad news to Simone: he can’t find Marc. Johnny and Simone put the pieces together and set out together for some dual payback in this endlessly entertaining tale from London’s mean streets.

Johnny Frank has just been released from prison, and intends to have his payback. After convincing his betrayer, ruthless Jim Buckley, that he's on the up-and-up, the incentive of an imaginary haul of diamonds—along with a more immediate cash sweetener—is enough to secure an invitation to his home. Once there, Johnny subtly begins to spread suspicion. Johnny plays the first of his hands; he makes the Buckleys an offer they've been waiting for—a cut of the proceeds if they help him recover his stash. What the Buckleys don't know is that this is part of Johnny's plan to destroy their family. But plans go awry when Buckley's son, Marc, is taken hostage, and his ransom is the same bogus stash. Pretending to be moved by their pleas, Johnny goes to London—accompanied, despite his protests, by Marc's wife, the confident Simone—to meet the kidnappers' demands. At first, Simone is appalled by the cold-blooded gangster Johnny Frank. But when the two grow unexpectedly close, Johnny feels obligated to break the bad news to Simone: he can't find Marc. Johnny and Simone put the pieces together and set out together for some dual payback in this endlessly entertaining tale from London's mean streets.


Blackwell North Amer
An anonymous phone call was all it took to alert the police to a body at The Palace nightclub. Now, eighteen years later, Johnny Frank is coming out of jail with only one thing on his mind - to kill the man who put him there. But first he's going to make him suffer.
Jim Buckley has got everything Johnny hasn't: a comfortable life, a family, a future. Johnny moves in on him and cold-bloodedly sets about his intention of destroying the family from the inside out. And he seems to be succeeding, planting suspicion, turning wife against husband, son against father.
But his plans soon go dramatically awry. As the past returns to haunt him, a vicious murder and then a kidnap force him back on to the streets of London. He could choose to disappear if it wasn't for Simone. Buckley's cool, classy daughter-in-law has got under Johnny's skin - and with her husband's life in the balance it seems she may be willing to do just about anything to persuade Johnny to help her.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2006
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
ISBN: 9780786716999
0786716991
Branch Call Number: FIC KRA
Characteristics: 351 p. ;,23 cm.

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