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Black Water Transit

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  79 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Jack Vermillion is seeing red. So is Earl V. Pike. So is a smart, beautiful NYC detective named Casey Spandau. For Jack, it began when Earl asked for a little favor--one former soldier to another. With Jack’s son in serious trouble with the law and his shipping company, Black Water Transit, about to hit the big time, Jack saw a chance to be a good father, a good citizen, a ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 30th 2002 by Dell (first published August 7th 2001)
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Fast paced action thriller about an owner of a shipping company Jack Vermillion who is trying to get his son moved to a safer prison. He is approached by Earl Pike, former army colonel, who wants to move a family gun collection to Mexico. Vermillion decides to go to the ATF to trade in Pike in order to win favor in saving his son. Things soon spiral out of control in a most unexpected way. Stoud's descriptions of police work, criminal procedings and the damage 50 mm sniper rounds do to someone w ...more
Joe Stamber
Jack co-owns a transit company. In order to help his waster son, he enters into a dodgy deal with a psycho ex soldier to ship a container of weapons, the soldier's private collection. In a trail of death and double-crossing that draws in the Mafia and a cartload of law enforcement agencies, Jack gets himself into a heap of trouble. His biggest problem is an ambitious ATF officer who sees bringing Jack down as way to progress her career. Stroud introduces us to an interesting cast of diverse char ...more
Just couldn't get into this book. After reading the inside jacket I had hoped it was going to be something similar to a Robert Crais work, but it's not even close. Tried to give it a chance, but returned it to the library before getting to page 100.
Excellent crime thriller where it becomes clear from very early on that no-one is getting away clean. Stroud's novel is filled with characters coated in the grime of NYC and tainted by past violences. It's occasionally grim, there's one passage that might bring tears and two or three occasions where you won't like the people you do like. It cuts through lots of crime clichés, gets grubbier and grubbier and really stands out from lots of similar fluff. I loved it, it's just a shame the film adapt ...more
I wish there was something that I could say as to why I love this novel so much. I have read other stories from Stroud but none that are comparable to this one. Love it! I wish the movie would be released eventually...
Olean Public Library
-A more somber and serious story about taking charge of ambition. Being told by the good side of the law makes it more serious and somber but it’s a good story and the main characters lives. It’s an action story.
Returned it to the library before I even got a 1/3 of the way through. Usually once I start a book and stick with it to the end. However, I just couldn't make myself push through on this one.
Aug 13, 2007 Michael marked it as to-read
simply because there is a film adaptation coming out starring Brittany Snow, who I find utterly entrancing.
Peter Fiske
Dec 17, 2013 Peter Fiske marked it as decided-not-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Actually, I decided not to finish it. It just didn't grab or excite me.
great book with an unusual ending
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Carsten Stroud is the author of the New York Times bestseller Close Pursuit, and the award-winning Sniper's Moon, both set in the New York City Police Department. He lives and writes in Thunder Beach, Ontario, Canada.

* Arthur Ellis Award Best First Novel (1991): Sniper's Moon
* Arthur Ellis Award Best Novel (1993): Lizardskin
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