From New York Times bestselling author Christopher Reich, a blistering new thriller introducing Simon Riske: one part James Bond and another Jack Reacher. A freelance industrial spy, Riske lives a mostly quiet life above his auto garage in central London. He is hired to perform the odd job for a bank, an insurance company, or the British Secret Service, when he isn't expertly stealing a million-dollar watch off the wrist of a crooked Russian oligarch. Riske has maintained his quiet life by avoiding big, messy jobs; until now. A Corsican by the name of Tino Coluzzi has orchestrated the greatest street heist in Paris history: a visiting Saudi prince and his family had their pockets lightened of millions in cash, and something else. Hidden within a stolen briefcase is a letter that will upend the balance of power in the Western world. The Russians have already killed in an attempt to get it back when the CIA comes knocking at Riske's door. Coluzzi was a former cohort of Riske's, in a past life on the narrow, wind-swept streets of Marseille. Their criminal alliance dissolved when Coluzzi sent Riske to prison, and arranged to have him killed. Now it is thief against thief, along with a dangerous Parisian cop, a murderous Russian agent, and her equally unhinged boss. In the grand tradition of The Day of the Jackyle and The Bourne Identity, Christopher Reich's The Take is a stylish and breathtaking update to the modern spy novel.
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by Christopher Reich
by Philip Kerr
by Steve Berry
by Christopher Barzak
"Paul Michael's slightly weary, slightly deep voice is apropos to this contemporary thriller set mostly in France. Michael's articulation of a variety of foreign characters never stumbles, and his expressiveness helps make them distinctive and believable. Many are thugs, some are upper class, and the variety is keeps things lively. The story concerns a freelance fixer, somewhat like John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee, who dashes from one dangerous venture to another--except this guy, Simon Riske, has ties to governments and international intrigue. It's an old-fashioned story of a purloined letter that might get into the wrong hands. Action! D.R.W. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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