Read this "high-octane thriller" that "calls to mind...Jeffery Deaver and Alfred Hitchcock" and questions everything that you have ever saved on your phone (Mystery Scene Magazine).
In a crowded coffee shop, Zack Yellin swaps identical-looking cell phones with the businessman next to him. It's an honest mistake-and a deadly one. Because the "businessman" is actually a professional-and highly volatile-hit man named Joey Richter, and his phone is filled with bombshell evidence.
If Zack takes Joey's phone to the police, will they believe his swapped cell phone story? Would they even be able to protect him? Because the hit man now has Zack's phone with the phone numbers and addresses of Zack's new girlfriend Emily, his best friend Steve, and all the texts and information from Zack's life.
Whether Zack keeps the phone or ditches it, Joey will kill him for what he now knows. In cat-and-mouse twists, turns, and continually mounting terror, one thing is clear: Zack is next on the hit man's list.
At the start of this smart thriller from Stone (Two for the Show), Zack Yellin, the unemployed son of wealthy parents, sits down on a stool at a New York City coffee shop next to a businessman. Soon afterward, the businessman leaves, taking Zack's phone by mistake. Zack dials his own phone and informs the businessman of the problem. They agree to meet back at the coffee shop in 20 minutes to switch phones. While waiting, Zack, who noticed the stranger typing in his password, browses through the man's phone, only to discover photos of dead people violently murdered and photographed up close. The reader now learns that the businessman is professional killer Joey Richter. If Zack returns Joey's phone, Joey may well fear Zack has seen the photos and feel compelled to do away with Zack. If Zack doesn't return the phone, Joey has all of Zack's personal information and can locate Zack, his friends, and his loved ones. Zack's decision sets off a series of events that will involve danger to his best friend, his girlfriend, and possibly a large group of innocent people. Stone keeps the tension high throughout. This action-packed tale satisfies.