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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. Except the coin's owner comes home with a beautiful woman, who murders him, nearly murders Maven, and takes the coin herself, and then Maven's life gets really complicated: the woman's boss, a sadistic drug lord, forces him to take on a 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, he might. Which means he not only has to somehow pull off an impossible heist, but also outwit two crime bosses as well as his reluctant new partner - the woman who started it all.

Ryan Wick hits the right combination in Safecracker, unlocking a fast-paced, action-packed, cinematic thriller, the first in a new series.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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Hardback Editions

December 2021 : USA Hardback

Title: Safecracker: A Novel
Author(s): Ryan Wick
ISBN: 1-250-20371-6 / 978-1-250-20371-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA