MYSTERY

Safecracker

St. Martin’s. (Michael Maven, Bk. 1). Jun. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9781250203717. $26.99. M
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DEBUT Master thief Michael Maven can break into any lock or safe. When he’s hired to steal a rare coin, it seems like all is going according to his meticulous plans. But then the owner comes home early and ends up dead at the hands of the woman he brought with him. When the woman takes the coin, Maven fights for his prize and is nearly killed. After he manages to get safely away from the crime scene, he realizes that his world is about to explode. He is squeezed between federal agents and a drug cartel, and things get worse when the woman’s drug-lord boss makes him an offer he can’t refuse: steal from a rival cartel or die a miserable death. As he plans the heist of his life, he also realizes that the woman who tried to kill him may be a useful asset.
VERDICT This debut novel is a thrilling, wild ride with plenty of unexpected twists that will leave readers guessing until the last few pages.

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