To research the Ryan Lock series of thrillers, Sean Black has trained as a bodyguard in the UK and Eastern Europe, spent time inside America's most dangerous Supermax prison, Pelican Bay in California, undergone desert survival training in Arizona, and ventured into the tunnels under Las Vegas. A graduate of Columbia University in New York, he also holds a Masters degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, England.

The Ryan Lock books have also been translated into Dutch, German, and Russian, with a Spanish translation of The Devil's Bounty coming next year.

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Lock & Load by Sean Black

Fresh from a stint undercover in Pelican Bay Supermax prison in Northern California, Ryan Lock, and his business partner, former US Marine Ty Johnson, are in Los Angeles, tasked with protecting a young Hollywood actress from an abusive movie star boyfriend who refuses to accept that their relationship is over. But as Lock knows only too well, and Ty is about to learn, keeping someone safe from harm can be harder than it looks, and damage can come in unexpected forms.


"If Sean Black's name isn't synonymous with the thriller genre it should be. The opportunity to add a Ryan Lock story to the bundle put a big smile on my face. You're gonna love it."



  • "Readers, meet Ryan Lock - a tough-guy hero for a new age."

    –Gregg Hurwitz, Sunday Times Bestseller (You're NextThe Survivor)
  • "The pace of Lee Child and the heart of Harlan Coben."

    –Joseph Finder, New York Times Bestseller
  • "This is a writer, and a hero, to watch."

    –The Daily Mail



WITH HIS HANDS tightening around her neck, choking off her air supply and leaving black shapes clouding her vision, Summer Clements was too damn scared to think about the irony of being strangled to death by her boyfriend. After all, this was precisely how their relationship had started. The difference was that the first time they had been acting.

She had met Jason Durham on the set of a movie calledKilling Dawn. Their first scene had called for their characters to have a blazing row. At the end of it, he strangled her to death. Although the scene would appear at the end of the movie, for scheduling reasons it had been their first time together on the set. The indie movie's low-budget hadn't allowed for any rehearsal time and Jason had only become available when a studio film he was due to shoot had fallen through at the last second due to his drinking and substance abuse problems. Now, six months later, with no crew standing around, or cameras rolling to capture the moment for posterity and no director to call cut, it was happening for real.