Port Vila Blues (Wyatt, #5)
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Port Vila Blues (Wyatt #5)

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Wyatt snatches the cash easily enough. He bypasses the alarm system, eludes the cops, makes it safely back to his bolthole in Hobart.It's the diamond-studded Tiffany brooch - and perhaps the girl - that brings him undone. Now some very hard people want to put Wyatt and that brooch out of circulation. But this is Wyatt's game and Wyatt sets the rules - even if it means a re...more
Published October 1st 1996 by Allen & Unwin Academic (first published January 1st 1995)
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Port Vila Blues by Garry Disher
Set in Australia, Port Vila Blues is the fifth in Garry Disher's series featuring a thief named Wyatt, who is as skilled at his chosen career as any legitimate professional. He uses his considerable intelligence to scientifically plan his "jobs." He trusts no one, not even his long-time partner, Jardine, but he nearly succumbs to the charms of a "fence" who is interested in a piece he steals from the empty home of Cassandra Wintergreen, a member of the Australian p...more
It was supposed to be a quick job. A politician, away from her home, crack the safe, and get the $50,000 bribe. She wouldn't dare report it.

But Wyatt found more in the safe. A diamond-studded Tiffany brooch. He took it and, when he tried to fence it, set off a chain reaction. It turned out the brooch was stolen several months before in a bank heist of safe deposit boxes by what had been dubbed The Magnetic Drill gang.

While with the fence in a restaurant to exchange the brooch for a $25,000 fee p...more
Gloria Feit

Although I had heard of this Australian author, before picking up “Port Vila Blues,” I had not read any of his previous novels. He has written over 40 books, including most conspicuously the Inspector Hal Challis series. This book, written in 1995, is the fifth in the Wyatt series, which now total seven entries, and is the first published in the US.

The protagonist, Vietnam vet Wyatt Wareen, is a thief, and the book is filled with his cohorts and colleagues of equally unlawful lifestyles, all of...more
PROTAGONIST: Wyatt, professional thief
SETTING: Australia
SERIES: #5 of 7
WHY: Australian professional thief Wyatt's latest heist provides an unexpected bonus, a valuable Tiffany brooch. Unfortunately, it had been previously stolen by a gang during a bank break-in. The gang consists of crooked police officers who are directed by a corrupt judge. Wyatt attempts to fence the brooch with a woman who is not what she seems either. A dark kind of caper with everyone chasing everyone else and n...more
To read a crime fiction novel through the eyes of the 'perp' is a refreshing angle for me. Wyatt is crusty tough, but has some endearing qualities and old school loyalties that make him a likeable rogue. As a reader, you feel good when Wyatt gets away with a crime. You are on-side with the 'baddie' and it feels good!
The book is set in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Vanuatu and the action races easily from one location to the next.
Wyatt is a likeable crim and I really enjoyed spending a few hour...more
I dislike starting a series with book five. Sadly there were no other options as the first four books in the series are only available in mass market paperback, and the current asking price is beyond anything I am willing to spend for a mass market paperback (from $45 - $60). That having been said, I loved this book. Fast exciting reading with non stop action. The Australian setting is a great plus to the book. If you enjoy rooting for the bad guys this book is for you. I hope Soho Books brings...more
Wyatt is a crook. Pulling off the successful heist of a mark, one of the items in the safe, in addition to the cash he had been told about, is a very expensive and eminently traceable Tiffany brooch. That brooch was about to cause some serious problems. A gang of crooked cops had lifted the thing in an earlier heist and now they have reason to believe someone was skimming from the take.

Add Wyatt to your list of favorite crooks alongside Parker and Nolan.
I really wanted to give this a 3.5. It's not as good as Wyatt which I read for mystery book group but an entertaining read nonetheless. Hopefully the rest of the series will soon be published in the US so I can read them in order. Especially liked Liz Redding and hope she turns up in the next one.
Smooth and professional, Wyatt is the consummate old school thief but when he snatches the tiffany bracelet from a Aussie politician's safe, he finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy.
William Doonan
This was unexpectedly good. I picked it up on a whim, but I know next to nothing about this part of the world, so it was definitely something new. I already ordered the first book in the series.
Ed O'farrell
Disher never disappoints. a solid novel with good plotting, well developed characters and a believable story line. loved the ending... a solid book, well worth the read
Professional jewel thief, Wyatt, getting tired of his life. Didn't like it as much as other books by Disher. Less Australian atmosphere. Fast passed, fun read.
Exciting, fast paced plot with an interesting protagonist. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.
Good, solid 'roman noir'.
I like the Wyatt character, although he's not particularly nice...
Reviewed this book enjoyed it. All of the characters have "baggage." Classic noir mystery.
John Cain
OK book Wyatt is no Parker but a nice read.
Lynn Kearney
A forgettable thriller.
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Garry Disher was born in 1949 and grew up on his parents' farm in South Australia.

He gained post graduate degrees from Adelaide and Melbourne Universities. In 1978 he was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, where he wrote his first short story collection. He travelled widely overseas, before returning to Australia, where he taught creative writing, finally becoming a full...more
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