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The Devils You Know

Ben Sanders

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Allen & Unwin
02 February 2021
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Sanders' assured style makes this a very satisfying read. Perfect for fans of Jack Reacher and Jason Bourne. Sanders manages to imbue his characters with substance and thoughtfulness - even the 'baddies'. Soaking up the Santa Barbara sunshine, Vincent projects a nonchalance, with his morning surfs and laid-back appearance, as he tries to enjoy a new life away from the dangers of his covert ops past. But beneath that veneer his instincts remain finely attuned. Craig Kirchner

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'It's easy to see what the fuss is about. Sanders' prose is sharper than a switchblade . . . It's like Raymond Chandler, Lee Child and Elmore Leonard rolled into one.' - Sydney Morning Herald on American Blood

Vincent needs a change. He's spent the last fifteen years in covert operations for the US government, but after a botched and fatal mission, he decides he's done with pulling triggers.

He lucks into a dream job in Santa Barbara as head of security for supermarket mogul Eugene Lamar: nothing more than driving the boss to and from golf, with ample downtime for surfing, or sitting by the pool contemplating life-and how to live it with a zero body count.

There he meets and is intrigued by Lamar's daughter, the journalist Erin Jones, who's on tour in California to promote her book about the benefits of war. Vincent's seen his share of conflict and is sure he can change her mind - and he'd really like to make his case over drinks.

But there's a problem: if Lamar's business is confined to supermarkets, why does he need a panic room full of assault rifles, and a .357 revolver in his car? It doesn't take long for Vincent to find out that Lamar owes a debt to bad people - and that's only the start of it. He's ensnared in a criminal enterprise, which soon brings costs in lives as well as money.

Erin wants answers, and needs Vincent's help to get them. But how much does she already know? Is his growing attraction to her a liability? And can he keep her safe from the brutal killers who are after her father?

It seems that Santa Barbara is a sunny town full of dark talent, and Vincent will have to revert to dark talents of his own if he's going to survive...
By:   Ben Sanders
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   416g
ISBN:   9781760877873
ISBN 10:   1760877875
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   02 February 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ben Sanders is the author of American Blood, Marshall's Law, and The Stakes, as well as three New Zealand Fiction Bestsellers: The Fallen, By Any Means, and Only the Dead. Sanders's first three novels were written while he was studying at university; he graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Engineering and now writes full-time. American Blood, his highly-anticipated American debut, published in November 2015, and the second in the series, Marshall's Law, in April 2017. His third US-set novel, The Stakes, was published in 2018. Sanders lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

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