TAKEN meets FIRST BLOOD when a stay-at-home dad with a secret past is forced to take pre-emptive action when his family is threatened by a crime lord with TV rights sold to CBS.
David Sparrow is an awesome stay-at-home dad. He gets his kids ready for school while his wife, Amy, commutes to New York City, where she is an Assistant District Attorney. She just inherited a major case: prosecuting crime lord Dante Payne. Meanwhile, David is content chatting with the moms at school drop-off, and doing housework.
One night, David is awoken by a sound downstairs, and discovers a man in Amy’s office. Instinctively, David confronts the man and a fight begins. But not a fight between a stay-at-home dad and a common burglar. No, this is a fight out of a Bourne movie and it is intense. David wins, but barely. He tries to explain to the cops that this guy was no ordinary burglar but they ignore him, especially when they find out what he does for a “living.”
We discover that David is a former Solo Ops officer, a soldier who was routinely dropped in war zones with a specific mission. If he was caught, the US government would disavow all knowledge of him. David was honorably discharged after too many missions and was excited for a quiet, normal life.
However, with Dante Payne now targeting Amy and her family, David decides to reactivate himself and take the fight to the vicious criminal lord. And Dante Payne has no idea who he’s just crossed.
VICTOR GISCHLER’s novels include Gun Monkeys (Edgar Award First Novel finalist), Shotgun Opera (Anthony Award nominee), Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse, Vampire a Go-Go, and The Deputy. Gischler created Deadpool Corps for Marvel Comics and spent two years writing X-Men. He is the season ten writer of Angel & Faith in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe for Dark Horse comics. He lives in Baton Rouge as a stay-at-home-writer/dad with his college professor wife and son.
“Gischler hasn’t just knocked this one out of the park, he’s not even playing the same sport anymore. Stay is a master class on the suburban thriller. The tension is perfection, the writing is smooth and addictive, and the characters at the center of the mayhem are a brilliant update on the modern nuclear family. Not to be missed. This one screams blockbuster.” —Blake Crouch, author of international bestselling Wayward Pines series and Fox Television show Wayward Pines
“This is a damn fine book by a damn fine writer, and I want more.” —Greg Rucka, New York Times bestselling author of Alpha
“A marvelous addition to an already remarkable body of work from one of the most creative crime writers in the business.” —Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead
“Victor Gischler is one of my favorite crime writers, and Stay is a kick-ass thriller that will set your pulse pounding and keep you turning pages all night. I loved it.” —Sean Chercover, bestselling author of Trigger City and The Trinity Game