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Published by: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: August 11th, 2020
In this wicked debut, safecracker Michael Maven must pull off the most dangerous theft of his long career―or his friends and family will be killed.
Safecracker Michael Maven's latest job should be simple: steal a rare coin from a New York apartment. Then the coin's owner comes home with a beautiful woman. So he hides. Then she murders him. So he hides a bit better. Then she tries to take the coin herself, which is the last straw. While Maven narrowly escapes being killed himself, he's then coerced by her boss, a sadistic drug lord, into a far more complicated, far more dangerous job.
If Maven fails to crack the safe of a rival cartel boss in Miami, his friends and family will die. If he succeeds, they still might. Which means he not only has to somehow pull off an impossible heist, but also outwit two crime bosses as well as the woman, his reluctant new partner.
Safecracker is fast-paced, has tons of action, and it's cinematic in the most appealing way: Maven owns an old movie theater that he uses to launder his money.
"In prose that calls to mind the breeziest work of crime legends like Elmore Leonard, Wick drives his narrative forward like a freight train."
"This debut novel is a thrilling, wild ride with plenty of unexpected twists that will leave readers guessing until the last few pages."
"Plot-driven, gritty violence...Action fans will look forward to more."
"The writing is clear and propulsive, the deaths are shocking, and the old arguments about the law are dusted off."
One of Bookriot's "8 EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT THRILLER NOVELS YOU’LL WANT TO READ IN 2020."
"Ryan Wick's Safecracker is a high stakes thriller that kept me reading through the night until my kids tapped me on the shoulder and told me it was time for breakfast. A knockout cast of characters, a killer sense of place, and a scope that's truly cinematic in the best way. A hell of a fun read."
―William Boyle, author of A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself, The Lonely Witness, and Gravesend
"Safecracker is a taut, fresh, well-written take on the complicated life of a master thief trying to stay one step ahead of the drug cartels. Once I picked it up, I could not put it down."
―Mark Sullivan, bestselling author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky
"Ryan Wick is old school tough with a new school edge. Ruthless and fast paced, Safecracker is an instant crime classic that puts Wick solidly alongside giants of the genre. Maven is the rightful heir to Richard Stark’s Parker."
―John C. Foster, author of Mr. White & the Isle
"Ryan Wick is an authentic new voice in the crime fiction genre. Safecracker grabs you from the first sentence and keeps up a page-turning pace right to the end. A must read for fans of Don Winslow's early work."
―Scott Caladon, author of Darke Mission, Winner of the 2015 People's Book Prize for Fiction
"...Wick's debut thriller is richly rewarding: witty, gritty dialogue, colorful characters, and enthralling, heart-pounding action, all set against a backdrop of fabulous wealth and intrigue. This is a book to devour."
―Deborah Levison, author of the multi award-winning The Crate: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice
"Wick's dark thriller is cinematic in its telling...Meet Michael Maven - an anti-hero who will keep you up past your bedtime..."
―David M. Salkin, author of the "Team" series
"Fast-paced and ingenius, Safecracker is one hell of an adventure. Ryan Wick has written a gripping, high-octane page-turner that grabs you from the very start and doesn't let go."
―Simon Gervais, bestselling author of Hunt Them Down
"Safecracker is a blisteringly original slice of contemporary noir as channeled through both Donald Westlake and his alter ego Richard Stark. Ryan Wick's sterling crime thriller, also reminiscent of Lawrence Block and George Higgins at their level best, is part heist story and part cat-and-mouse game with a clock ticking loudly in the background. A wise and wonderful tale distinguished by razor-sharp dialogue and spot-on narration, Safecracker is a must for all readers who like their crime stories done fast and hard."
―Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of the Murder, She Wrote series