A former undercover cop now in witness protection finds himself pulled into the search for a missing woman. An explosive, unputdownable work of suspense from a fresh voice in crime fiction.
After a botched undercover operation, ex-NYPD officer Marshall Grade is living in witness protection in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marshall's instructions are to keep a low profile: the mob wants him dead, and a contract killer known as the Dallas Man has been hired to track him down. Racked with guilt over wrongs committed during his undercover work, and seeking atonement, Marshall investigates the disappearance of a local woman named Alyce Ray.
Members of a drug ring seem to hold clues to Ray's whereabouts, but hunting traffickers is no quiet task. Word of Marshall's efforts spreads, and soon the worst elements of his former life, including the Dallas Man, are coming for him.
Written by a rising New Zealand star who has been described as 'first rate', this American debut drops a Jack Reacher-like hero into the landscape of No Country for Old Men. With film rights sold to Warner Bros, and Bradley Cooper attached to play tortured hero Marshall Grade, American Blood is sure to follow in their award-winning, blockbuster success.
'This novel has it all - great characters that are all too-real, switch-blade sharp writing, dialogue that would bring a smile to Elmore Leonard's face and a plot that grabs the reader by the collar, squeezes hard and never lets go. American Blood is a first-rate, first-class, top-tier thriller and Ben Sanders hits it far and deep. This is one book that flat-out demands to be read. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. If you love a good thriller, then look no further than American Blood.'- Lorenzo Carcaterra, New York Times-bestselling author of Sleepers and The Wolf.
'American Blood is a lean, mean, power-packed novel. A hardboiled bolt of lightning to the crime genre. Ben Sanders has set the new standard for gritty, action packed thrillers.' - Victor Gischler, Edgar Award- nominated author of Gun Monkeys.
New Zealander Sanders (The Fallen) makes his U.S. debut with an underwhelming crime novel featuring a former NYPD detective living as Marshall Grade under Witness Protection in Albuquerque, N.Mex. Marshall once worked Brooklyn narcotics, until he got in too deep with a nasty crime boss and his lethally attractive daughter and blew his cover. Now Marshall glides by under the radar, leaving no paper trail. His WITSEC handler, the genial Texas-born marshal Lucas Cohen, doesn't worry about his charge's indiscretions, like subletting his home to stay off the books. But when Marshall antagonizes two known felons, Cyrus Bolt and Troy Rojas, he stirs up a hornet's nest, all because a young woman, Alyce Ray, is missing, and she reminds him of someone he used to know. Readers will struggle to understand Marshall's motives as he cuts a bloody swath across the city and the surrounding area in his pursuit of Bolt and Rojas and their gang of violent thugs. Sanders can write an action-packed scene, but his characters are thin.