The Highest Stakes

A Jack Murphy Thriller

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“Reed writes as only a cop can.” —Nelson DeMille

DETECTIVE JACK MURPHY IS BACK—on the trail of a criminal mastermind who kills for profit and tortures for pleasure.
In Jack Murphy’s experience, the killers who blend in are the hardest to catch. But none are as elusive—or efficient—as Mr. Smith. A man of average height, weight and build, Mr. Smith is as ordinary as his name. Which makes it easy for him to get close to his targets. To kill without conscience. To use every weapon at his disposal to raise the stakes in a global game of terror and death. Mr. Smith is no ordinary killer. But Jack Murphy is no ordinary cop . . .
Praise for Rick Reed and his novels
“As authentic and scary as crime thrillers get.”—Nelson DeMille  

“Det. Jack Murphy tracks killers through a political maze of lies, deception
and dishonor that leads to a violent, pulse-pounding climax.”—Robert S. Levinson
“Everything you want in a thriller: strong characters, plenty of gory story, witty dialogue, and a narrative that demands you keep turning those pages.”—Book Reporter
“Reed thrusts the boundaries of his story forward to bring us along on a ride we won’t soon forget!”—Suspense Magazine
“Put this on your must-read list.”—John Lutz
“A jaw-dropping thriller.”—Gregg Olsen
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About the author

Sergeant Rick Reed (Ret.), author of the Jack Murphy thriller series, is a twenty-plus-year veteran police detective.  During his career he successfully investigated numerous high-profile criminal cases, including a serial killer who claimed thirteen victims before strangling and dismembering his fourteenth and last victim. He recounted that story in his acclaimed true-crime book, Blood Trail.  Rick spent his last three years on the force as the Commander of the police department’s Internal Affairs Section. He has two masters degrees and upon retiring from the police force, took a fulltime teaching position with a community college. He currently teaches criminal justice at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee and writes thrillers. He lives near Nashville with his wife and two furry friends, Lexie and Belle. Please visit him on Facebook, Goodreads, or at his website, If you’d like him to speak online for your event, contact him by going to
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Oct 25, 2016
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Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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