Cash Landing

Cash Landing

A Novel

Book - 2015
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The New York Times bestselling author of Cane and Abe and Black Horizon blends Goodfellas and Elmore Leonard in this wild, suspenseful caper inspired by actual events, in which a band of amateur thieves pulls off one of the biggest airport heists in history with deadly consequences.

Every week, a hundred million dollars in cash arrives at Miami International Airport, shipped by German banks to the Federal Reserve. A select group of trusted workers moves the bags through Customs and loads them into armored trucks.

Ruban Betancourt has always played by the rules. But the bank taking his house and his restaurant business going bust has driven him over the edge. He and his wife deserve more than life has handed them, and he's come up with a ballsy scheme to get it. With the help of an airport insider, he, his coke-head brother-in-law, Jeffrey, and two ex-cons surprise the guards loading the armored trucks and speed off with $7.4 million in the bed of a pickup truck.

Investigating the heist, FBI agent Andie Henning, newly transferred to Miami from Seattle, knows the best way to catch the thieves is to follow the money. Jeffrey's drug addiction is as conspicuous as the Rolex watches he buys for dancers at the Gold Rush strip club. One of the ex-cons, Pinky Perez, makes no secret of his plan to own a swinger's club--which will allow him carte blanche with his patrons' wives. Levelheaded Ruban is desperately trying to lay low and hold things together.

But Agent Henning isn't the only one on their trail, and in the mob-meets-Miami fashion, these accidental thieves suddenly find themselves way in over their heads . . . and sinking fast.

Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780062295453
Characteristics: 364 pages ;,24 cm


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Jul 19, 2016

As usual, I've never been disappointed with Grippando. The heist of $7+ million quickly turns into betrayals, murder, lies and enough twists to keep one's attention. This is worth the read.

Jul 10, 2016

This is the first book I've read by James Grippando. It was an OK read. During the first half of the book I kept wondering where it was going. There were lies mounted on top of lies. It was hard to believe that Ruban (main character) could keep them all straight. However, it did get more interesting so I was glad I finished it. I will read another of his books.

Apr 05, 2016

Cash Landing --- by --- James Grippando.
A bunch of Cuban American petty-thugs plan the perfect crime. Every week, like clockwork, a big Lufthansa jet flies into Miami airport stuffed with US small-denomination currency bills. Anonymous, untraceable. Their scheme works and they’re millions of dollars richer. That was the easy part: the tough part is keeping it all together, avoiding the bickering and the betrayal. And that’s what most of this book is about. Cash Landing is well written. It’s a mystery novel that will keep you at the edge of your seat and demand you read it at one go.

Sep 24, 2015

It was okay, nothing memorable

Aug 25, 2015

I wasn't sure I'd enjoy this book, given that it's based on a real-life crime, but it varied enough from the reality to make it fresh and enjoyable, and this author's writing is always very good.

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