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Weaponized

Hardcover, 07/30/13

ISBN 978-0-316-19995-7

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A globe-spanning, wrong man thriller from the writer of the #1 film Safe House.

Kyle West is a wanted man. Having betrayed his former boss—billionaire government contractor Christopher Chandler—Kyle’s hiding in Cambodia, frantic for a way home, and finding more and more reasons to be paranoid.

When a mysterious stranger named Julian Robinson walks into Kyle’s favorite café and offers to swap passports with Kyle, Kyle can’t believe his luck. Robinson looks so much like Kyle it’s almost unreal, and seems in every way the yin to Kyle’s yang—self-assured, charismatic and wealthy beyond measure. Traveling on business, Robinson needs Kyle’s passport to get to Africa, where a lucrative deal awaits. Kyle needs Robinson’s passport to safely flee Cambodia. The swap seems almost too good to be true. Unfortunately for Kyle, it is.

This one decision plunges Kyle into a Pandora’s Box of intrigue that threatens to swallow him whole. Suddenly he finds himself being pursued by Russian oligarchs, Chinese operatives, the CIA, and a beautiful woman trained to kill; because Robinson certainly isn’t who he seemed. And time is running out for Kyle to discover who he is.

“[A] freewheeling thriller [with] Graham Greene-ish erudition and atmosphere” —New York Times Book Review

“Ripped-from-the-headlines appeal and action-packed storytelling . . . [Mennuti and Guggenheim] slip into the book’s dialogue and stream-of-consciousness sequences some thought-provoking topics, of both personal and global nature, while never letting up on the story’s pace or drive to the finish.” —Reviewing the Evidence

“[An] excellent first novel . . . The authors have their fingers on the pulse of contemporary life . . . The rare suspense novel that will genuinely surprise jaded genre readers.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Applying postmodern polish to the foreign intrigue of Graham Greene and Eric Ambler, [it] leaves an imprint with its lively cast of characters, pungent locale and dizzy plotting.” —Kirkus Reviews

Acclaim for Safe House, written by David Guggenheim:

“A hectic plot, a huge body-count and pulse-quickening tension.” —USA Today

Nicholas Mennuti is a graduate of the Dramatic Writing department at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. His short stories have appeared in Agni and Skidrow Penthouse, and are forthcoming in The Ledge and Conjunctions.

David Guggenheim wrote the 2012 Denzel Washington hit Safe House for Universal, and the Nicolas Cage thriller Stolen for Millennium. He also penned the sci-fi adventure film 364; the action film Narco Sub, which was to have been the late Tony Scott’s next feature film; and Puzzle Palace, a contained thriller, for Summit Entertainment. His most recent spec script, Black Box, sold to Universal with Madhouse and Bluegrass Films producing. Weaponized is his first novel. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.