An incredible, world-class thriller by a master of the genre - this is George Dawes Green's first novel in thirteen years and it is an instant classic.
When grifters Shaw and Romeo pull up at a convenience store in Georgia, their only thought is to fix a faulty tyre and be on their way to Florida.
But this happens to be the store from which a $318 million Jackpot ticket has just been sold - and when the pretty clerk accidentally reveals to Shaw the identity of the winning family, he hatches a terrifyingly audacious plan.
That night, he visits the Boatwright family's home and takes them hostage, while the sinister Romeo patrols the streets nearby, prepared to murder the Boatwrights' loved ones at the first sign of resistance.
At first, the family offers none. But Shaw's plan depends on maintaining constant fear - merciless, unfaltering terror - and soon, under the pressure, everyone's sanity begins to unravel...
'When Green isn't making you laugh, he's making you bite your nails down to the bleeding point - Stephen King
Green's comeback, 14 years after The Juror, is highly accomplished. The duo's scam is one of the strongest plot ideas in recent crime fiction, and he exploits it flawlessly, stuffing the novel with memorably rancid characters and manipulating the reader - Sunday Times
Exquisitely drawn by a master miniaturist, this is a domestic thriller that boasts supreme characterisation and an elegant grasp of human failings - evoking a world where victim and attacker are inevitably drawn to one another: Indeed you may not even be able to tell them apart - Daily Mail
It is 14 years since Dawes Green wrote bestseller The Juror. This masterclass in psychological suspense just made it worth the wait - Daily Record