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About the Author: Sean Black

I write the Ryan Lock series of thrillers, which feature ex-military bodyguard Ryan Lock and his partner, former Marine, Ty Johnson. The first two books in the series, Lockdown and Deadlock, hit the Official UK Top 50 Bestseller Chart, and the third, Gridlock, has just been released in hardback. They have have also been translated into Dutch, German, and Russian.

I'm a firm believer in hands-on research, also known as 'any excuse to get out of the house', so before I wrote Lockdown, I trained for a month with former members of the Royal Military Police's specialist close protection unit. That turned out to be great preparation for Deadlock, which I researched by spending time inside Pelican Bay Supermax in California (see the TV interview on my author page). I recently completed a desert survival course in Arizona and ventured into the tunnels under Las Vegas, all as preparation for a new standalone thriller I will begin work on once I have completed the fourth Ryan Lock book.

Before I became a full-time novelist, I taught college and wrote television drama. I'm an Oxbridge and Ivy League graduate – try not to hold that against me.

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Goodreads rating: 4.00

Hardcover, Published in May 2011 by Charnwood

ISBN10: 1444806513 | ISBN13: 9781444806519

Page count: 392

The California State Prison at Pelican Bay houses 3500 of America's most dangerous prisoners. 3499 of them want the remaining inmate dead. Ryan Lock and Ty Johnson have just been sentenced to 20 years in Pelican Bay, or at least that's what the FBI and the United States Justice Department want everyone to believe.

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