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The Take

(2018)
(The first book in the Simon Riske series)
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From New York Times bestselling author Christopher Reich, an international spy thriller featuring Simon Riske: one part James Bond, one part Jack Reacher.

Riske is a freelance industrial spy who, despite his job title, lives a mostly quiet life above his auto garage in central London. He is hired to perform the odd job for a bank, an insurance company, or the British Secret Service, when he isn't expertly stealing a million-dollar watch off the wrist of a crooked Russian oligarch.

Riske has maintained his quiet life by avoiding big, messy jobs; until now. A gangster by the name of Tino Coluzzi has orchestrated the greatest street heist in the history of Paris: a visiting Saudi prince had his pockets lightened of millions in cash, and something else. Hidden within a stolen briefcase is a secret letter that could upend the balance of power in the Western world. The Russians have already killed in an attempt to get it back by the time the CIA comes knocking at Simon's door.

Coluzzi was once Riske's brother-in-arms, but their criminal alliance ended with Riske in prison, having narrowly avoided a hit Coluzzi ordered. Now, years later, it is thief against thief, and hot on their trail are a dangerous Parisian cop, a murderous Russian femme fatale, her equally unhinged boss, and perhaps the CIA itself.

In the grand tradition of The Day of the Jackal and The Bourne Identity, Christopher Reich's The Take is a stylish, breathtaking ride.

Genre: Thriller

Praise for this book

"It's To Catch a Thief meets Jason Bourne: a stylish, jet-propelled thriller full of intriguing characters and surprising twists. Simon Riske is a character I'll want to meet again." - Jeff Abbott

"Make sure your seat belt is fastened and your tray table is up, this is one hard and fast battle royale. Tension, turmoil, and drama ooze from every page. There's not a wasted word in this high octane game-changer." - Steve Berry

"A beautifully constructed heist is only the beginning of this spectacular thriller, which sets thief vs. thief, spy vs. spy, and even cop vs. cop. The Take is dazzling fun that surprises to the last page, with a hero who deserves an encore." - Joseph Finder

"The Take is impossible to put down: non-stop action, a mysterious letter, and a fascinating, complicated, and sexy hero whose tool bag of wit and strength help him fight his way through the dangerous back alleys of glittering European capitals. An engrossing thriller." - Christina Kovac

"An out-of-control joyride for those who like their heroes flawed, scarred, and on the edge. Reich has created an irresistible character that will leave readers both wincing and cheering with every page." - Kyle Mills

"The Take is a slick, elegant, and gripping spy thriller of the first order. With a brilliant heist, a twisting web of secrets and intrigue, and an adrenaline-fueled plot, Reich whisked me out of my world and into his from the explosive first pages. Simon Riske is my favorite kind of hero--flawed, dark, and utterly intriguing. Fabulous!" - Lisa Unger


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Hardback Editions

January 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Take (Thorndike Press Large Print Thriller)
Author(s): Christopher Reich
ISBN: 1-4328-4650-7 / 978-1-4328-4650-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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January 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Take (Simon Riske, 1)
Author(s): Christopher Reich
ISBN: 0-316-34235-1 / 978-0-316-34235-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2019 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Take (Simon Riske, 1)
Author(s): Christopher Reich
ISBN: 0-316-34234-3 / 978-0-316-34234-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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Audio Editions

January 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Take
Author(s): Christopher Reich
ISBN: 1-4789-9118-6 / 978-1-4789-9118-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio and Blackstone Audio
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January 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Take
Author(s): Christopher Reich
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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January 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Take
Author(s): Christopher Reich
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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Kindle Editions

January 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Take (Simon Riske Book 1)
Author(s): Christopher Reich
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA