Author: Ryan Wick
Genre: Mystery/ Thriller
Rating: 3.8 out of 5
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.
This wasn’t a bad read at all, although I was pretty neutral about the MC. There’s a lot of blood and violence, and I was never that invested in the stakes of the story, but I did finish it fairly quickly (another point in its favor). I think it reached for Ocean’s Eleven, but fell short.
Ryan Wick is an author, director, and screenwriter. Safecracker is his debut novel.
(Galley courtesy of St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.)