30.11.19

SAFECRACKER, by Ryan Wick

Wow! What a wild ride! Lee Child, move on over, Reacher's got real competition. I can hardly wait for the next installment. Michael Maven, professional thief who's got magic fingers around a safe, is surprised during a heist when another burglar arrives, in the company of the householder.  Things spin out of control as Maven snuggles in a closet and then tries to apprehend the other thief. Who is also a stone-cold killer..
So much happens in this twisted tale, and at so fast a pace, that spoilers are inevitable. But know that the author has endless tricks and turns up his sleeve and no matter the spoilers, you'll still be mesmerized and surprised. And maybe at moments grossed out.
Shortly after losing his grip on the murderer, Maven's throat is cut. Literally. Then he comes to the attention of one of New York's most vicious drug lords. And Maven gets an offer he doesn't dare refuse: burgle the impregnable mansion of another drug lord and bring back a ledger.. Or else everyone he knows, and their extended families, will die very ugly deaths. Drug lords really know how to get one's attention.
The author managed to cram endless the action into this book without overwhelming the story and provides us with a tense, read-all-night story, blood-drenched in spots but still with enough human interaction and emotion in it to keep it from being just another litany of drug violence. Readers of Harlan Coben, Robert Crais, Elmore Leonard, J. D. Robb and others will gobble this one up. Enjoy! TThis is a solid 5+, one of the best reads of 2019.
Thanks to Netgalley and MacMillan for the advance reading copy. The book will be published in June of 2020. It'll be worth the wait!

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