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The Stakes

The Stakes

A Mystery

Ben Sanders

Minotaur Books

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An NYPD robbery detective uses his insider cop knowledge to rob rich criminals. The latest from Ben Sanders, following his novels American Blood and Marshall’s Law.

Rip-offs are a dangerous game, but heist man Miles Keller thinks he’s found a good strategy: rob rich New York criminals and then retire early, before word’s out about his true identity. New town, new name, no worries.

Retirement can’t come soon enough, though. The NYPD is investigating him for the shooting of a hitman named Jack Deen, who was targeting Lucy Gates—a former police informant and Miles’s ex-lover.

Miles thinks shooting hitmen counts as altruism, but in any case a murder charge would make life difficult. He’s ready to go to ground, but then Nina Stone reappears in his life.

Nina is a fellow heist professional and the estranged wife of LA crime boss Charles Stone. Miles last saw her five years ago, and since then her life has grown more complicated: her husband wants her back, and he’s dispatched his go-to gun thug to play repo man.

Complicating matters is the fact that the gun thug in question is Bobby Deen, cousin of the dead Jack Deen—and Bobby wants vengeance.

The stakes couldn’t be higher, but Nina has an offer that could be lucrative. Maybe Miles can stick around a while longer…

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KINGS POINT, NY

Miles Keller


He didn’t like working close to home. There was a chance of being recognized. Even in a town of eight million people, overlaps happen in ways you never guess. That’d liven...

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Ben Sanders

BEN SANDERS is the author of American Blood and Marshall’s Law, as well as 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. Sanders lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

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