American Blood: A Novel by Ben Sanders

By Ben Sanders

In Ben Sanders's American Blood, a former undercover cop now in witness defense unearths himself pulled into the quest for a lacking girl; movie rights bought to Warner Bros with Bradley Cooper connected to big name and produce.

After a botched undercover operation, ex-NYPD officer Marshall Grade resides in witness safety in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marshall's directions are to maintain a low profile: the mob wishes him useless, and a freelance killer often called the Dallas guy has been employed to trace him down. Racked with guilt over wrongs dedicated in the course of his undercover paintings, and looking atonement, Marshall investigates the disappearance of an area girl named Alyce Ray.

Members of a drug ring appear to carry clues to Ray's whereabouts, yet looking traffickers isn't any quiet activity. observe of Marshall's efforts spreads, and shortly the worst parts of his former existence, together with the Dallas guy, are coming for him.

Written by way of a emerging New Zealand superstar who has been defined as "first rate," this American debut drops a Jack Reacher-like hero into the panorama of No kingdom for outdated males.

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He did not realize that my smile was at the thought of his death. Fortunato had one weakness, although he was, on the whole, a man to be respected and even feared. He was very proud of his knowledge of wine. On other subjects, he just pretended to be wise, but in the matter of wine he was sincere. We shared this interest. I knew a great deal about Italian wines myself, and bought large amounts whenever I could. My chance came one evening during the holiday season. We met in the street. He had been drinking heavily, and he greeted me very warmly.

We had little time to wonder what to do. In less than three minutes the storm was on us, and it became so dark that we could not see each other in the boat. 'It would be foolish of me to attempt to describe that storm. The oldest seaman in Norway had never known anything like it. At its first breath, my younger brother was blown straight into the sea and lost. I would have followed him if I had not thrown myself flat, and held on to an iron ring in the middle of the boat. 'For some moments we were completely under water, and all this time I held my breath.

They had come out of the pit which lay on my right side. As I watched, they came up in large numbers, hurrying, with hungry-looking eyes, towards my plate of food. 56 It required a great deal of effort and attention to frighten them away. It might have been half an hour, perhaps even an hour, before I looked up to the roof again. What I saw there confused me. The swing of the pendulum had increased to almost a yard. As a natural result of this, its speed was now much greater. But what mainly disturbed me was the fact that it had come nearer.

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