“Action packed and razor sharp - Jack Reacher would love Nikki Griffin.”
Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Past Tense
“Nikki's fight scenes are satisfying, clever, and exciting...Bookworms will love the references to classic novels, and Lelchuk winks at Nikki's similarities to a certain well-known literary vigilante. A timely and totally badass debut."
Kirkus, starred review
“Terrific debut… This intelligent, action-packed thriller will resonate with readers as it touches on such themes as domestic violence, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the intrusive potential of advanced technologies like artificial intelligence...But the book’s real appeal stems from its powerful, distinctive protagonist."
Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Save Me from Dangerous Men is one of those rare thrillers that draws you in so relentlessly that you find yourself getting kicked out of bed and reading all night on the sofa. If you’re a fan of Jack Reacher or Lisbeth Salander, you are gonna love Nikki Griffin. This is an outstanding debut novel to what promises to be an exceptional series. Highly, highly recommended.”
Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of the acclaimed Pendergast series
“An ass-kicking book lover who likes to teach bad men a lesson. Mean, lean prose that evokes the noir greats but with a thoroughly modern, feminist twist. A propulsive plot that will keep you turning the pages. Seriously what’s not to like? Save Me From Dangerous Men is smart, darkly funny, and totally addictive. Don’t miss this thrilling debut!”
Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Under My Skin
“Save Me From Dangerous Men pulses with daring and risk. Nikki Griffin, bookseller by day and private investigator by night, takes on men who hurt women and makes them sorry. Calm, complex, lethal, and fascinating, she’s the revenge fantasy you want right now.”
Taylor Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Liars’ Paradox and The Informationist
Meet brainy bookshop owner, private investigator, and part-time vigilante Nikki Griffin.
Thirty-three-year-old Nikki adores motorcycles—and books. In fact, she owns a quaint little bookstore in Berkley called The Brimstone Magpie. She's also a private eye who takes on the usual cases, such as infidelity, and a former first responder who would meet victims of domestic violence at the scene of the crime, no matter where. Now she has an interesting side hobby: Word of mouth has established her as the person to see if you're a woman being abused. Nikki's happy to pay a free visit to your abuser for a calm discussion about the situation. Actually…not so much. Nikki's visits involve physical violence, but just enough to teach the perpetrator a potent lesson, and these are the kind of guys who would sooner lose a limb than go to law enforcement and admit that a girl got the drop on them. For Nikki, this isn't just about dispensing a satisfying kind of justice—it satisfies violent urges she's had since suffering a horrific childhood tragedy that led her beloved younger brother, Brandon, into a life of addiction. Nikki's extracurriculars can get in the way of her love life, but she seems resigned to that until she meets Ethan, whose sweet demeanor has her immediately hooked. One day she's approached by Gregg Gunn, CEO of Care4, a child care tech company, who offers her $20,000 to follow Karen Li, an employee supposedly engaged in corporate espionage. Nikki gets one glimpse at Karen and smells a rat. It's soon obvious that Karen is wrapped up in something much more dangerous than stealing company secrets, setting Nikki on a collision course with some very bad guys—good thing she's more than up to the task. Nikki's fight scenes are satisfying, clever, and exciting (because Nikki is clever and exciting), and though it's a crackling thriller, the book also tackles the aftermath of grief, and the scenes between Nikki and the sweet-natured, utterly lost Brandon are heartbreaking. On a lighter note, bookworms will love the references to classic novels, and Lelchuk winks at Nikki's similarities to a certain well-known literary vigilante; a bookshop regular even calls her Lisbeth.
A timely and totally badass debut.