Synopses & Reviews
Brandon Vale is the best burglar in the business. Or was, since he was framed for a botched job that landed him in prison. But one night he's broken out by Richard Scanlon, the now-retired FBI agent who put him there in the first place.
Scanlon has uncovered a plot involving a Ukrainian crime organization and the auction of a dozen nuclear warheads. But he can't convince the government that the $200 million sale isn't a hoax. So he must find a way to take care of business himself with Brandon's help.
Now it's up to Brandon to pull off a Las Vegas heist that will help Scanlon cough up the cash and get the warheads off the market. With millions of lives in the balance, and dirty deeds and double-crosses in the works, it all depends on one man to do the one thing he knows best: Beat the enemy at its own game.
"At the start of this strong thriller from bestseller Mills (Fade), career criminal Brandon Vale is in prison for a failed diamond theft when Richard Scanlon, an ex-FBI agent and security consultant, gets him released and offers him a job. The Ukrainian mob claims it has 12 nuclear warheads for sale, and Scanlon decides he'll save them from becoming ammunition in a terrorist plot by, with Brandon's help, coming up with the $200 million asking price by robbing a Vegas casino. With the aid of one of Scanlon's employees, Catherine Juarez, Brandon executes a brilliant plan, but finds himself mired in the terrorist plot. The likable Brandon wants nothing more than to be allowed to continue his life of cons and crime without the distractions of morality and patriotism, but this is not to be ('It was hard to believe that the planet's future or lack thereof was going to rest on the narrow shoulders of a thirty-three-year-old thief'). Fortunately for readers and the world, Brandon proves to be interesting, intelligent and more than equal to the task." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Mills entertains, but he's also capable of keeping readers awake at night contemplating the terrifying vagaries of an increasingly dangerous world." Booklist
"The usually reliable Mills misfires with this unusual entry....An interesting idea fails to ignite because the characters never seem real, and primary plot points appear random." Library Journal
"Vale's mordant wit is refreshing, but the double-crosses and final outcome are predictable, and the plot more far-fetched than frightening." Kirkus Reviews
"Vale is an interesting, even charismatic, character who steadies the novel when the plot occasionally stumbles....Though not his best book...The Second Horseman is certainly worth the investment if the reader is willing to make it." BookReporter.com
In this new thriller by the bestselling author of Fade, an FBI agent discovers a Ukrainian crime organization is auctioning nuclear warheads. When he can't convince the government the sale is not a hoax, he turns to a career thief he framed and put behind bars to steal $250 million for him.
About the Author
Kyle Mills grew up in Oregon but, as the son of an FBI agent, he has lived all over the country and overseas. He is the author of seven novels, including Fade, also available from St. Martin's Paperbacks. An avid rock climber, he and his wife now live in Wyoming. Visit him on-line at www.kylemills.com.