The “cinematic, hyper-kinetic, action-packed” (Jeff Abbott) thriller and “a must-read for followers of Andrew Vachss and Charlie Huston” (Booklist, starred review).
There is no code Elroy Coffin can’t break, nothing he can’t hack, no safe he can’t get into. But for the past two years, he’s been incarcerated in a maximum-security hellhole after a job gone bad, driven to near-madness by the revelation of his beloved wife’s murder.
Now a powerful and mysterious visitor who calls herself a “concerned citizen” offers Elroy his freedom if he’ll do another job, and sweetens the deal with proof that his wife might still be alive. All Elroy has to do is hack into one of the most complicated and deadliest security grids in the world—clear and simple instructions for the best in the business. Or so he thinks.
Quickly drawn into the epicenter of a secret, brutal war between criminal masterminds, Elroy is forced to run for his life through a rapid-fire labyrinth of deception, betrayal, and intrigue— where no one is to be trusted and every fight could be his last . . . and the real truth hidden beneath the myriad levels of treachery may be too shocking to comprehend. . . .
Stephen Romano is an award-winning author, illustrator, designer, and screenwriter. His acclaimed projects include an adaptation for Showtime’s Emmy Award-winning Masters of Horror series; the illustrated work Shock Festival (hailed by Fangoria magazine as “one of the greatest homages to B-cinema ever undertaken”); the original novel Black Light, written with Saw franchise screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, and the critically acclaimed novel Resurrection Express. He lives in Austin, Texas. Catch him at StephenRomanoShockFestival.com.