Friday 12 February 2021




Nolan has spent his life pulling heists, and now he’s ready to retire. But one job after another keeps pulling him back in. Casino robberies, bank jobs, airplane hijackings – it’s all in a day’s work. But when things go wrong and lead starts flying, can the old man and his young partner in crime make it out alive…?

My kind of book. We have a professional thief Nolan, thought to be retired but sucked back into the one more job scenario. Fast-moving, action packed and chock full of incident. Skim Deep is the ninth entry in the author's Nolan series and having enjoyed the other eight, it was like catching up with an old friend.

It's a busy book. We have a trip to Vegas, a wedding, a robbery - which doesn't involve Nolan or his young apprentice John, but is a set-up which is intended to make Nolan the fall guy. All the while Nolan is in the cross hairs of an old adversary from previous books and adventures. 

Lots to like..... characters, relationship dynamics, conflict, setting, pace, problems for our main men to deal with and overcome, some fisticuffs and the odd bout of kidnapping, surveillance, revenge, pay days, negotiations, a bit of romance and a satisfying outcome.

It's been over 30 years since the last entry in the series, I'm hoping Max Allan Collins doesn't leave it quite so long next time.

4.5 from 5 

Previously enjoyed...... 

Read - January, 2021
Published - 2020
Page count - 240
Source - review copy from Edelweiss - Above the Treeline reviewer site
Format - ePUB read on laptop


  1. It sounds exactly like your sort of book, Col, and I'm glad you enjoyed it so well. Nolan sounds like a really interesting character, too, which makes it appealing. There's something about that 'guy trying to go straight who just can't...' that can serve as an interesting plot point.

    1. Margot, I think the Nolan books are one of my favourites series.

  2. The first book I read by him (True Detective) I liked a lot. So I should read more. I have the first Quarry Book and and some books from a couple of other series, but nothing from this series.

    1. I think some of his series books are quite different to each other, Tracy.