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The Man Who Cheated Death

(The second book in the Vincent Hardare series)
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From the bestselling novelist the New York Times calls a writer of “Ingenious Entertainments” comes a dazzling thriller pitting the world’s greatest magician against a deadly killer who calls himself Death.

Can someone really predict the future? Magician Vincent Hardare does just that during a TV appearance. It’s all a trick, only the killer whose next murder he’s predicted doesn’t know that. Hardare soon becomes the killer’s target, and must pull every trick out of his bag to save himself, and his family from becoming the killer's next victims.

Filled with amazing magic and hair-raising scenes, author James Swain draws on his expertise as one of the world’s greatest magicians to deliver up a novel filled with hair-raising surprises.

James Swain is the author of fourteen national bestselling mystery novels. His novels have been translated into Russian, French, Japanese, and German, and have been chosen as mysteries of the year by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Swain has received three Barry Award nominations, a Florida book award for Fiction, and the prestigious Prix Calibre .38 for Best American Crime Fiction.

Swain is considered one of the world’s foremost magicians, and has performed and lectured on the subject throughout the world.
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“These books are non-stop nail biters.”
– Lee Child

“Swain is one terrific writer.”
–The Wall Street Journal

“Swain uses language with such blunt force he could be hammering in nails.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“The only problem with Swain’s riveting thrillers is they end.”
–Tess Gerritsen,

“Swain is nothing short of marvelous.”

“One of today’s best suspense writers.”
–Houston Press

“Ingenious entertainment.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“Swain’s mysteries are a sure bet.”
–The Chicago Tribune

Genre: Mystery

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